Hotel Lincoln, Chicago
Well-appointed in a luscious Lincoln Park setting, Hotel Lincoln is near an abundance of popular attractions, including Lincoln Park Zoo, with its extensive exhibits ranging from snow leopards to spotted turtles, and Navy Pier, a spectacular pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, steeped in history and modern rides, shops and restaurants. A small guest amenity fee includes access to a complimentary drink, in-room bottled water, high-speed Internet, 24 hour fitness centre, and exclusive discounts for local boutiques, restaurants and bars, and other offers including the opportunity to skip the line for the J. Parker Rooftop Bar.
Three on-site restaurants will ensure that nobody is left hungry. The Kennison has gained a reputation of being one of the best restaurants in Chicago, and rightly so, as it aims to create a dining experience inspired by American cuisine, with a unique twist on familiar dishes. For unparalleled views of North Avenue Beach and Lincoln Park, head to the J. Parker Rooftop Bar, situated on the top of the hotel. Enjoy signature cocktails and speciality small plates. Elaine’s Coffee Call is ideal for fuelling up before a busy day discovering Chicago’s hidden gems, serving breakfast sandwiches, pastries, coffee and juice. Perfectly located just steps away from North Avenue Beach and Lincoln Park, this is the ideal spot for a delicious breakfast.
Each room has been designed by interior designer Andrew Alford to have a charming boutique feel and includes a tea and coffee maker, air conditioning, flat screen LCD TV with cable channels, free Jonathan Adler toiletries and ironing facilities. Double rooms are perfect for couples seeking a relaxing, comfortable room; whereas, the stunning King Suites boast beautiful lake views and a cosy living area, with plush chairs and even a sofa bed, which can be separated by a sliding screen. This sophisticated, yet cosy hotel will surely feel like a home from home from the moment you check in.
Chicago is one of the largest cities in the US, so there is always something to be doing in this lively hot spot. The skyline is famous for its brash buildings and modern architecture, including the 110 storey Willis Tower. Chicago is also known for its cultural aspects, such as the museums, including The Field Museum, a natural history museum which also happens to be one of the largest museums in the world. Chicago Children’s Museum is a must-see for families and is situated on the popular Navy Pier. Green spaces beyond the wonders of Lincoln Park include Millennium Square, housing the famous bean-like, reflective sculpture ‘Cloud Gate’, which will make a great backdrop to any Chicago photograph.
This superbly-situated hotel offers a remarkable amount of amenities and beautiful boutique rooms, ensuring that your stay in Chicago will be welcoming and comfortable from the get go.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Pittsburgh
Despite being relatively new to the Pittsburgh hotel scene, this hotel is set in a building which opened in 1903, and has housed everything from an electricity company to a law firm ever since. The external façade still maintains its glamourous, original features, but the inside has been transformed into a colourful haven, influenced by bold art pieces and enchanting boutique styling. A stunning location near the cultural district and luxurious amenities including a fully-equipped on-site fitness centre, hotel bikes (for guests to use to see Pittsburgh from another perspective) and a hosted evening wine hour every evening in the reception area.
There’s a choice of two on-site eateries to choose from. The Commoner serves American classics with modern, creative twists, and it’s the ideal spot for rustic-inspired dining and speciality cocktails. Intended to recreate an American tavern feel, but with modern décor and dishes, it will make a lovely setting for a romantic meal or cosy friends gathering. Biergarten is an open air, European-inspired rooftop beer garden, with an extensive choice of European beers and German bar bites such as giant pretzels, currywurst and pickles. For an evening filled with fun, this laid-back setting also features pub games, including Jenga, garden chess and a giant Connect Four game, so you can rediscover your competitive streak.
Guest rooms are chic and sleek, yet still playful and bursting with pops of vibrant greens and oranges. Blending patterns and unusual décor, guest rooms encompass the creative spirit of Pittsburgh. Each room offers a minibar, air conditioning and heating, 24 hour in-room dining, an in-room yoga mat and luxury Atelier Bloem bath amenities. Queen rooms feature a Queen size bed, Frette linens and an oversized desk area. Corner King Rooms are ideal for those seeking a more spacious escape from the hustle and bustle of Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh today still echoes its 20th century industrial past with popular sites including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Museum of Art, as well as Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which is perfect for a refreshing break from the bustling centre. On the National Register of Historical Places, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is nestled in the peaceful Schenley Park, which makes a lovely backdrop to an afternoon stroll. Visit the Andy Warhol Museum, the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist. The museum features an extensive collection of works from the Pittsburgh-born artist’s iconic career in pop art. Ride the Duquesne Incline, which was used previously to haul coal, up Mount Washington for the most breath-taking views of Pittsburgh and experience one of the few remaining inclines in America today. On Mount Washington, there are traditional restaurants on Restaurant Row, which are perfect for a meal with a view.
A fabulous two centre adventure popular with all ages, couple, friends and families, both dynamic cities are a treat to explore with culture, dining, shopping and outdoor adventure at your fingertips.