Best Hotels, B&B's and Hostels in Chicago

We list the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Chicago as recommended by travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews and we only listed places that have at least a 4 out of 5-star customer review rating.  
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The Langham Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Fodors, New York Times, Frommers, Telegraph

4.8
234 euro 208 gbp 289 usd 30634 jpy 225 cad 225 aud 2262 hkd 381 sgd 271 chf 1835 cny 2384 sek 1745 dkk 2251 nok

Acme Hotel Company, Chicago

Reccomended by:

New York Times, Lonely Planet, Telegraph

4.5
57 euro 51 gbp 71 usd 7526 jpy 55 cad 55 aud 555 hkd 93 sgd 66 chf 450 cny 585 sek 428 dkk 553 nok

Hotel Lincoln, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Fodors, Frommers, Telegraph

4.3
115 euro 102 gbp 142 usd 15052 jpy 110 cad 110 aud 1111 hkd 187 sgd 133 chf 901 cny 1171 sek 857 dkk 1106 nok

Hotel Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Frommers, Fodors, Telegraph

4.7
232 euro 206 gbp 287 usd 30422 jpy 223 cad 223 aud 2247 hkd 378 sgd 269 chf 1822 cny 2367 sek 1733 dkk 2235 nok

The Thompson Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

New York Times, Telegraph

4.7
144 euro 128 gbp 178 usd 18868 jpy 138 cad 138 aud 1393 hkd 234 sgd 167 chf 1130 cny 1468 sek 1075 dkk 1386 nok

The Godfrey Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

New York Times, Telegraph

4.5
79 euro 70 gbp 98 usd 10388 jpy 76 cad 76 aud 767 hkd 129 sgd 92 chf 622 cny 808 sek 591 dkk 763 nok

Athletic Association Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

New York Times, Telegraph

4.6
112 euro 100 gbp 139 usd 14734 jpy 108 cad 108 aud 1088 hkd 183 sgd 130 chf 882 cny 1146 sek 839 dkk 1082 nok

Virgin Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet, Telegraph

4.7
96 euro 85 gbp 119 usd 12614 jpy 92 cad 92 aud 931 hkd 157 sgd 111 chf 755 cny 981 sek 718 dkk 927 nok

Ace Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

CN Traveler, Telegraph

4.5
144 euro 128 gbp 179 usd 18974 jpy 139 cad 139 aud 1401 hkd 236 sgd 168 chf 1136 cny 1476 sek 1081 dkk 1394 nok

St. Jane Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

New York Times, Telegraph

4.7
128 euro 114 gbp 159 usd 16854 jpy 124 cad 124 aud 1244 hkd 209 sgd 149 chf 1009 cny 1311 sek 960 dkk 1238 nok

Hostel Holiday Jones, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet

4.3
13 euro 12 gbp 17 usd 1802 jpy 13 cad 13 aud 133 hkd 22 sgd 15 chf 107 cny 140 sek 102 dkk 132 nok

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet

4.4
64 euro 57 gbp 80 usd 8480 jpy 62 cad 62 aud 626 hkd 105 sgd 75 chf 508 cny 660 sek 483 dkk 623 nok

Staypineapple at The Alise Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet

4.6
80 euro 71 gbp 99 usd 10494 jpy 77 cad 77 aud 775 hkd 130 sgd 93 chf 628 cny 816 sek 597 dkk 771 nok

FAQ

What are the best neighborhoods to stay in Chicago?

Chicago is a city in the Midwestern U.S. state of Illinois and is the third largest city in the U.S. by population. Some of the best neighborhoods in Chicago are:

Bridgeport
Bridgeport is a working-class neighborhood that is transforming with the establishment of bakeries, bars, and restaurants. The area is acclaimed for its bars and breweries that serve best drinks in the city. Schaller’s Pump, the oldest bar in the city, is located in the neighborhood.

Chinatown
The Chinatown neighborhood in Chicago is not as big as the Chinatowns located in San Francisco or New York but is large enough for you to remain entertained all through your stay. The neighborhood has Chinatown Square that houses the biggest Chinese shopping mall in the Midwestern region, Chinatown Gate, or Wentworth Avenue for delicious dim sum treats.

Hyde Park
Hyde Park is a neighborhood that is located in the southern side of the city and is a cultural throve and is the home to the Museum of Science and Industry, the University of Chicago campus, the home of former President Barack Obama, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, among several other places.

Uptown
Uptown is a neighborhood in the city that is a lively blend of old and Chicago. The neighborhood offers some of the best Vietnamese food that can be found in the city. The neighborhood is the home to Aragon Ballroom, Riviera, Art Deco architecture, and restored movie palaces.

Wicker Park
Wicker Park is a neighborhood that is replete with vegetarian restaurants, vintage boutiques, artisanal donut shops, tree-lined streets, and other beautiful features.

Also check out our guide about the best areas to stay in Chicago.

How much does it cost to stay in a Chicago hotel?

Hotels in Chicago aren't cheap. For a 3-star hotel you have to pay around $170 per night and for a 4-star Chicago hotel you would be looking at $225 per night. If you're after a luxury 5-star hotel then you can expect to pay around $400 per night.

What is the best luxury hotel in Chicago?

If money isn't a problem and you're looking for a luxury hotel in Chicago, then go for Langham Hotel. The hotel offers excellent service, it's in a top location, it has been rated very highly by previous guests and renowned travel critics have recommended it.

What is the best budget hotel in Chicago?

If you're looking for a cheap hotel in Chicago, then try Acme Hotel Company. It's an excellent budget hotel offering great value for money. It's in a good location, it's been recommended by travel experts and the hotel has excellent customer reviews.

What is the best hostel in Chicago?

If you're looking for a great hostel in Chicago, then you should check out Hostel Holiday Jones. The hostel has magnificent reviews by backpackers, it has been recommended by well-known travel experts and it's in a good location.

Which Chicago hotels offer the best rooftop bar?

Looking for a drink with a view in Chicago? Try The Godfrey Hotel, Hotel Lincoln or the Virgin Hotel. All those hotels have excellent customer reviews for the rooftop bars.

Which Chicago hotel serves a great breakfast?

The Langham Hotel is probably your best bet if you're looking to start the day with a great breakfast. Customers have rated the breakfast buffet there as excellent.

Which Chicago hotels are good for a romantic getaway?

If you're looking for a great Chicago hotel for couples then try The Thompson Hotel or The Langham Hotel. Both hotels have excellent customer review ratings by couples.

What are the best things to do in Chicago?

Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office. Cruise along the Chicago River on a 75-minute tour, and discover hidden architectural gems among the city’s renowned landmarks. Led by a docent providing live narration, the tour passes more than 40 structures, and sails under historic bridges. Price: $36.

Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago. With a historian as your guide, you’ll step back to the roaring 20’s, when the Chicago Loop was a hub for bootleggers, speakeasies, and gangsters like the infamous Al Capone. Price: $27.

Bikes, Bites, and Brews: Chicago's Signature Dishes Bike Tour. Chicago dogs, deep-dish pizza, cupcakes and craft beer are all sampled on this half-day bike tour through the Windy City. Cover about 13 miles (21 km), following an informative guide at a moderate pace. Price $80.

More things to do in Chicago

About Chicago

Officially known as the City of Chicago, this city is the third most populous city in the United States. Chicago has been widely described as the birthplace of the skyscraper and described as perhaps the most influential architectural city of the 20th century.

Chicago is a trendsetter; it saw the creation of the first standardized futures contracts at the Chicago Board of Trade which today now accounts for 20% of all volume in commodities and financial futures.

The city is an international hub for industry, commerce, finance, telecommunications and transportation. As a major transport hub, O’Hare International Airport is one of the busiest in the world while the city has the highest number of US highways and railroad freights.

Chicago has been described as a model for economic diversification making the city attractive to several investments. Chicago is also a top destination for tourism; it is the second most visited city in the United States with tens of millions of visitors entering the city annually.

The city is also home to several landmarks that include the Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, the Willis (Sears) Tower and Museum Campus.

We recommend that you read our guide about where to stay in Chicago. It gives you an excellent overview of the most popular areas, highlighting the main attractions and hotel recommendations for each area. If you like our list of best hotels in Chicago, then you should also check out our selection of recommended hotels in Cincinnati or the best hotels in Detroit.