On Steve’s and my recent weekend trip to Chicago, we wanted to stay somewhere special–if the pandemic has taught us nothing else, it has taught us to make the most of every travel opportunity when we get it! Since there are few accommodations in the world as special, luxurious, and stress-free as Trump International properties, this was an easy choice to make.
*Note: This is not a politial statement, nor were we compensated in anyway for our stay in exchange for this blog post. I just like to write about amazing hotels in the world! We’ve had plenty of experiences across the accommodations spectrum, from out of this world amazing to insultingly horrible, but we’ve had nothing but wonderful experiences at the five Trump properties where we’ve been fortunate enough to stay. Enjoy!
The Trump International Hotel Chicago is the fourth tallest building in the United States, and it was the inspiration for Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The view from the top is one of the best in the city, as you might imagine. As always, it’s high up on the luxury scale, and every employee was kind, friendly, and helpful. The building is a combination of hotel rooms, condominiums, restaurants, and businesses. We were able to stay on the highest level of the hotel, so our view was stunning!
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The hotel is right on the Chicago River, and just steps away from the Magnificent Mile. It’s perfect for exploring downtown Chicago on foot or by boat! Staying here, you’ll be close to Millenium Park (and the world famous “Bean”), the Art Institute, Navy Pier, the Riverwalk, and several historical sites as well.
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I’m always amazed at just how well laid-out and spacious the rooms are at Trump properties. Even their smaller rooms are laid-out efficiently, but on this trip, we were upgraded to a larger room, thanks to our status with Hotels.com! We had two closets and a dresser, plus two side tables with drawers, so there was plenty of storage space (something I typically find myself missing in other hotels).
We also utilized the seating area by the floor-to-ceiling window quite a bit throughout our weekend. It was the perfect place to enjoy our take-out pizza and our stunning view of the city! And speaking of pizza, we also got our money’s worth out of the in-room kitchen, which included flatware and cutlery, a stove, microwave, mini fridge, Nespresso machine, sink, and dishwasher.
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Speaking of spaciousness, the bathroom was nearly as large as my entire first apartment! Steve and I really prefer separate sinks (Steve is splashy, I’m OCD!), but that was made up for by the large counterspace on each side of this sink. The real delight, however, was the enclosed shower and bath tub. I love it when all that water is completely contained, which is a detail so many hotels and accommodations around the world tend to overlook!
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The Fitness Center
This hotel has the largest, most complete, most incredible fitness facility I have ever seen in any accommodation. I find that fitness centers in hotels that double as homes (as this one does with its condos) tend to have better, well-maintained equipment, as well as more variety of machines and freestyle equipment like ropes, medicine balls, weighted bars, specialty cardio equipment, etc.
In addition to all that, the views are fantastic out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. Nothing is less motivating than running on a treadmill that faces a wall, and nothing is more motivating than doing any kind of exercise with natural light and a view! I also appreciated the two fitness studios for those of us who like to get creative with our workouts (hello, ropes!). Not pictured below is their dedicated weight room, which was occupied with fellow fitness enthusiasts every time we went into the gym. Not everyone wants to be immortalized in my blog!
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Pool and Spa
While I didn’t have a spa treatment this time around, my husband and I did utilize the lap pool. It has two dedicated lap lanes, and one “open” lane for those of us who don’t necessarily swim with an adequate amount of vigor. But let’s be real, Steve enjoyed the lap pool, I enjoyed a comfortable seat with a relaxing view out the window!
Also on the spa level, we found morning coffee, a relaxing atmosphere, and an impressive gift shop boasting robes, kimono-style cover-ups, hats, and more.
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