- Hyatt Regency Chicago
- United Business Class - Chicago to Paris
- Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
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!
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!
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.