Glass discovers decadence in The Windy City at Waldorf Astoria Chicago

ARRIVING at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago to check out their most recent renovations, I can immediately tell that the hotel has been translated into a new Premier Gold Coast style. From floor to ceiling, it’s clear how much passion has gone into the update, making this one of the grandest buildings I’ve ever seen.


The refurbishment features improved guest rooms and suites and a new food and drink area, the Peacock Lounge, in the lobby, which I’ll be sure to check out in the morning. There’s also the freshly opened Brass Tack and the re-introduced Bernard’s cocktail bar.

Bernard’s cocktail bar

Once I check into the hotel, I’m shown to my Astoria Suite. The whole room covers 1,800 square feet and follows a French Fashion Masters theme with a warm, white colour palette. Ambient lighting creates a relaxing realm and also highlights the stunning art fixtures that are hung about the walls.

Two separate bedrooms are included in this suite and an accompanying kitchen and dining area. Comfy seating and two fireplaces feed into the relaxed ambiance, making this a perfect home away from home.

Brass Tack

As I unpack, I realise how hungry I am and decide to make my way down to the Brass Tack for some unique Chicago cuisine, curated by executive chef Nicholas Marino. With locally sourced ingredients and produce, it has developed quite a name for itself.

For starters I was advised to try the Beef Tartare, made with hand-cut beef, cornichon, capers, chile oil, pea tendrils, Dijon, pickled mustard seeds and crostini, alongside a glass of Bordeaux. The beef is tender and fits perfectly into the spice palette.

Gold Coast Terrace Suite

Next up I went for the House Made Asparagus Ravioli, with ricotta, asparagus, preserved lemon, white wine and butter. The zesty lemon brings ever flavour to life and revives the freshness of the rest of the ingredients. Again, another great recommendation from the expert waiters.

But finally, to round up the evening, I selected a hand-crafted cocktail to wash everything down. Craving something sweet and velvety, I chose Ord, which features Maker’s Mark, lavender, Aperol, Amaro Nonino, raspberry purée, lime juice and egg white.

Balcony views

Once finished with this lavish experience, it was time to retire to my room for the night and plan my adventures for tomorrow.

by Alicia Tomkinson

The Deluxe Two Queen room starts at £455 per night

For more information visit Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Address: 11 E. Walton, Chicago, Illinois, 60611, USA.