20 E. Delaware Pl.
Chicago Illinois 60611United States
Midwest Living Recommends
Gracious hospitality and luxurious details define a stay at this Gold Coast property less than one block east of State Street.
A 16-story boutique hotel flanked with stunning window boxes and an alfresco dining area out front awaits visitors to the Talbott, and that first impression carries through an entire stay. A team of valets and bellmen welcomes guests, while sophisticated reception clerks and concierge await inside. A polished-mahogany lobby with coffered ceilings, antique clocks and Oriental rugs exude class, and the 149 spacious, traditionally styled guest rooms and suites (375-square-foot rooms, 825-square-foot suites) offer pillow-top king beds, a flat-screen TV and work desk with a high-backed chair. The bath, complete with a glass-walled shower, deep tub, double sinks, Kohler fixtures, heated marble floors, granite counters and makeup mirror, felt nearly as big as entire guest rooms of other historic hotels we've stayed in (the Talbott first opened in 1927 and wrapped up a $15 million renovation in 2010). With its location and room rates that start around $175 a night during summer weekends, the Talbott clearly caters to a well-heeled, well-traveled crowd. But it doesn't put on airs. We visited with a lively 6-year-old in tow, and each employee felt as comfortable talking with him about the Angry Birds on his T-shirt as they did offering Michelin three-star dinner recommendations for an older couple looking for a quiet night out (Cru Wine Bar stands just across the street from the Talbott). In all, our stay was welcoming, quiet and comfortable, and the only oversight we noticed was that our room didn't come stocked with any kinds of drinking cups, whether it was water for the bathroom or coffee cups to go with the Keurig coffee maker on the bedside table. That's a detail we're sure they would've rectified if we'd asked.