Steps away from the Magnificent Mile sits the Affinia Chicago, but that's not the most attractive trait of this boutique hotel. What's impressive is that the Affinia has all the hot-button amenities you would look for in a downtown hotel — a rooftop bar, a celebrity-chef restaurant — yet manages an understated, almost homey feel.
Take the rooms, where guests can choose from a number of complimentary "My Affinia" welcome kits, including a fitness kit with yoga mats and Pilates DVDs, a kids kit filled with cupcakes, or a pillow menu that offers everything from hypoallergenic cushions to ones that plug into your iPod.
But if you want to sip cocktails while staring out into the city, visit the aptly named rooftop bar C-View, where you're privy to some fantastic cityscapes to the east, south and west. Or you can head down to C-House, where chef/owner Marcus Samuelsson (as in "Top Chef Master" Marcus Samuelsson) has developed a seafood-centric menu full of local, sustainable ingredients.
Insider tip: Be sure to check out the Candy Bar, a dessert kiosk inside C-House that's so decadent you'll have to call your dentist.
166 E. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Cross streets: Superior and St. Clair
Public transportation: CTA bus: Michigan Avenue routes, including 3, 145, 146, 147, 151; Red Line "L" stop: Chicago
Parking: Self and valet
Prices for a standard room start as low as $209, excluding taxes and fees.
Hotel amenities: Meeting rooms (5), restaurant and bars/lounges (2), 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness center
Room amenities: Wide-screen television, work desk, minibar, coffeemaker, in-room safe
Pets allowed: $25 service fee
Wi-Fi available: $9.95 a day