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  • Writer's pictureChrissy Somers

The Swissôtel Chicago for the Holidays

DISCLAIMER: This post is part of an agreement between Stay +.Play Local and Swissôtel Chicago. I received the described Elf Decorated Room below for free as a 'thank you' for my participation. However, the free room did not force a positive review. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by Swissôtel Chicago. We did share additional information about other packages to help our audience make a better, more complete decision.

We took the girls to see Frozen on Broadway Downtown Chicago the day before Thanksgiving and we worked with the Swissôtel Chicago team to get a hotel room at the last minute as a surprise for the girls.

You guys know that if a business doesn't meet our expectations of excellence in customer service and products/service, we don't talk about it (we listened to our grandmothers who always said, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all").

GUYS… we were BLOWN. A.WAY. by every damn aspect of this hotel! From the attentiveness of the staff to the cleanliness of the common spaces and grandiose lobby, to the luxury penthouse fitness center and our DECORATED CHRISTMAS ROOMS, the attention to detail and quality of service we received was stellar!!!

The girls said they’ve never been to a nicer hotel, and I had to agree! Even when my husband and I went to luxury resorts in the Caribbean and spent an ungodly amount on our rooms, it didn’t hold a candle to our room at Swissôtel Chicago!

The LOCATION was IDEAL as it is just two blocks away from the following: Water Tower Place, shopping on Michigan Avenue and State Street, and Millenium Park, and it’s situated RIGHT on the Chicago River with clear views of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier! If it weren’t so cloudy Thursday morning, we would’ve caught a beautiful sunrise over Lake Michigan.

One of the coolest features that Swissôtel Chicago has during the holidays that I've NEVER heard of before is the Santa Suite. Presidential Suite is transformed into Santa’s home-away-from-the-Pole for the holiday season welcoming Chicagoans and visitors alike. Not only that, but the Swissôtel Chicago offers more private, intimate interactions with Santa! Here are some of their packages:

Holiday Penthouse Hideaway

Available to book in the Santa Suite and Duplex Suite.

o Santa Suite: Stay where Santa calls home when he visits the Windy City! This spacious, 2,000-square-foot Presidential Suite is decked out for the holidays featuring countless glistening Christmas trees complimented by sweeping views of the magical winter cityscape. The suite sleeps up to six guests who will be welcomed with a cheerful pop of champagne and holiday treats. Then, wake up to daily breakfast and cozy up with the kids, in the comfort of your own space, with toys and games, holiday crafts, letter writing to Santa, cookie decorating and a build your own Swiss Hot Cocoa bar. In addition, overnight parking, a $50 donation to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois and a keepsake holiday ornament are also included in the package, starting at $1,500/night. Available to book Mondays through Thursdays from November 20 through December 26.

o Duplex Suite: This two-story loft suite is 1,200 square feet and features spectacular views of the Chicago River and skyline adorned with festive holiday décor. Sleeping up to eight people at $1,200/night, guests will enjoy a welcome champagne toast, holiday treats, daily breakfast, holiday crafts, letter writing, cookie decorating, build your own Swiss Hot Cocoa bar, overnight parking, a $50 donation to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois and a keepsake holiday ornament. Available to book Mondays through Thursdays from November 20 through December 26.

Elf Decorated Room Package

Book an Elf Decorated Room to enjoy a quaint and cozy space with a festive welcome amenity upon arrival. Available to book starting November 20 through December 26 at $339/night, families can also upgrade the experience for $100 to include kid toys, books and games to enjoy in the comfort of your own room.

Trees of Hope Room Offer

Available to book now through January 31 at $139/night, guests are invited to give back this holiday season by supporting SOS Children’s Villages Illinois. $10 of the daily room rate is donated to the organization, bringing holiday cheer to children in need. Private experiences with Santa, dinner packages and private events for the 2021 holiday season include:

Holiday Tradition Package

As a new holiday tradition, stop by Santa’s Presidential Pad with up to 15 guests to visit the man of the season and overindulge in unlimited Swiss hot cocoa, champagne and holiday treats including Candied Orange SnoBall Cookies, Reindeer Chow, Egg Nog Truffles and more. The experience also includes cookie decorating, crafts with Make to Celebrate, face painting and letter writing, complete with a visit to Santa’s Post Office. $50 of the total price will be donated to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois. Available to book every Saturday and Sunday for $600/hour from December 4 to December 19, from 10 a.m.-5 .p.m.

Family Dinner Package

Gather with six or more loved ones for an over-the-top holiday dinner in the Santa Suite, Duplex Suite, Vitality Suite or Chef’s Table Virtual Suite. Enjoy a 4-course holiday-inspired menu by Chef Dan McGee, with menu items including Roast Chicken with red cabbage, spätzle, raclette cheese, chicken jus, Pomegranate Braised Lamb Shanks with a pomegranate bordelaise, Chocolate Peppermint Cake and more. Holiday crafts are available upon request. Dinners are available to book daily beginning November 20 through December 26 at $150/adult and $50/child.

Hanukkah Dinner Package

Take your Hanukkah traditions to the Santa Suite, Duplex Suite, Vitality Suite or Chef’s Virtual Suite for a classic feast by Chef Dan McGee. The 4-course holiday-inspired menu will feature Latkes with sour cream and apple sauce, Beef Brisket with horseradish demi-cream, Matzo Ball Soup, Hanukkah Sufganiyot and more. Light the menorah, play dreidel dreidel and enjoy holiday crafts and a Blue Sprinkle Sugar Cookie decorating station with the kids. Dinners are available to book daily from November 26 through December 6 at $150/adult and $50/child.

VIP Reception in Santa Suite

Looking to host a holiday event in the Santa Suite? Whether it’s a corporate holiday party or family reunion, the Santa Suite can fit up to 50 people for private events beginning November 20 through December 26. Work with the events team to curate an experience with festive cocktails and a menu featuring Chilled Potato Soup & Caviar Shooter, Smoked Duck Breast Marmalade, Curry Chicken Salad Sliders, Pecan & Roasted White Chocolate Tarts and more.

Packages aside, the regular room rates for this hotel are SO reasonable! We shared some of this information to our social media accounts and we had two people comment saying that they already booked rooms for this holiday season because they were so surprised by the rates for a luxury hotel in the heart of Downtown Chicago!

Swissôtel Chicago knows how to do it right for the holidays! And I can PROMISE you, we’ll be back again. I’m pretty sure we just found our new favorite #ChicagoHotel 🖤

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