Chicago may be a major metropolis, but it has long lacked a luxurious hideaway hotel. So on my recent trip there, I was hoping to find a hotel with fewer than 100 rooms that I felt comfortable recommending. I’m pleased to announce that I did.
The 98-room Sophy Hyde Park is perhaps not ideal for a first visit to the city because of its South Side location, some distance from downtown. But those interested in experiencing a neighborhood of great architectural beauty rich with small museums — not to mention the blockbuster Museum of Science and Industry and the neo-gothic University of Chicago — would surely enjoy staying in this cheerfully stylish and friendly hotel.
The relatively reasonable price encouraged me to reserve a spacious Dorchester Suite for us, one of the Sophy Hyde Park’s largest accommodations, and I suggest that you do the same. I very much enjoyed the sweeping views of the neighborhood from its warehouse-style windows, as well as its immense bath.
Our other Chicago hotel recommendations (all with more than 200 rooms) are more traditionally luxurious, but the Sophy Hyde Park has real charm and a sense of place. It’s a wonderful addition to the city.