Spring Break in Paris - Hyatt Regency Chicago


After a quick flight from Kansas City to Chicago, I was ready to explore the city. In 2010, I had to have passed through Chicago at least thirty times, but this was the first time that I would actually be leaving the airport!

Twenty minites after we arrived at the gate, I received my gate-checked rollarboard, and made my way into the terminal. Fellow FlyerTalker, iluv2fly, was heading off to Las Vegas, though we spent a few minutes catching up. I had first met Marty on my first visit to Australia. United had offered their Twitter Fare (TWARE) from Denver to Sydney, for less than $600, so I flew down for a quick mileage run. Marty and I had breakfast in the city during my eight hour layover, and then I flew straight back to the states.

For the first time, I made my way outside of the Chicago airport, and was driven to the Hyatt by a good friend of mine that lives in Chicago.

Upon my arrival at the Hyatt, I was instantly welcomed by the agent at the "Gold Passport Desk". She confirmed that I had been upgraded to a junior suite on the 22nd floor, and that I would be able to stay until later in the afternoon. With the flight to Paris not departing until 7pm, I was happy that I would not have to spend five hours at O'Hare.

When I got up to my room, 2227, I was surprised to see double doors. In all of my years of traveling, I have never had a room, or even a suite, with double doors. For $86, I had gotten a room in downtown Chicago, and had been given the largest suite on my floor. So far, the trip was off to a great start!

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With the rush to wrap everything up in Lawrence, I had missed the opportunity to get some dinner. This meant that I would get a chance to try the hotel's offerings. After browsing through the menu for room service, I decided to go downstairs to the hotel bar, and order my food. If I had placed an order through room service, they wanted to add an additional 15% surcharge, on-top of a $4.50 delivery charge. No thanks!

The "Bistro at 151" is a small restaurant, located in the atrium of the hotel. Offering everything from an Ahi Tuna Salad, to a Sirloin Steak, the menu seems to have something to please even the pickiest eater. The Bistro also seemed to be a popular spot for many locals, as well as late night business meetings.

Overall, the food from the Bistro was a bit overpriced, but pretty delicious. I ordered a Reuben sandwich, which came with a large container of freshly cooked french fries. In the future, I think I will look for a place to eat, outside of the hotel!

Regency Club

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Once it was time to head back to O'Hare for my 7pm flight to Paris, I was once again pleased with my stay at the Hyatt. The staff at the check-in desk were very friendly, and made sure to thank me for being a Hyatt Diamond member. The junior suite that I received was a very comfortable room, and had a great view of the city. The only downside to the room, was the size of the bathroom. For a junior suite, I had expected a bathroom that was just a bit larger. The wireless internet was also a bit disappointing. For most of the night, I was constantly booted from the network. This may have to do with having a wireless network for such a large hotel, but previous experience with large Hyatt wireless networks makes me think that this properties network was under a bit of strain.

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Comments

Oh, you're lucky to have a double door suite for just $86! Wow, that is cool! And the place was so spacious! You can do whatever you want there. And the view of the Chicago skyline is priceless. Add that up with that with very friendly staff and you'll have the best trip of your life. I just hope their internet connection is now working well. Cheers! :D-----