After all of my twentieth anniversary surprises were revealed, I realized we were having a Bill and Giuliana Rancic kind of weekend. Which was actually kind of fun, since I really enjoy their show on the Style Network. Do you remember "The Apprentice" before it was "Celebrity Apprentice"? Well, the very first season, Bill Rancic was hired by Donald Trump to oversee the building of Trump International Hotel in Chicago. This is the same hotel where my husband booked a room for our anniversary weekend. Then for dinner we had reservations at RPM, an Italian restaurant partly owned by Bill and Giuliana Rancic...see where I am going here? Next thing you know, I'll be babysitting baby Duke! :) Anyway, let me tell you about this hotel.
I took this picture of the hotel (right) as we were heading home. Pretty good shot from a moving car, if I so say so myself. Wasn't the sky the most awesome shade of blue?
The building is not only a hotel, but residences. In fact, in 2011 HGTV was giving away one of the residences as part of their Urban Oasis Dream Home thing. When you arrive, you head left to enter the hotel lobby and right to enter the residence lobby. The staff that greeted us at the front desk were super nice, as was everyone we encountered at the hotel. One of the best hotel staffs I have ever dealt with. My husband had asked for a room with a really good view because he knows how much I love that sort of thing. And boy did they deliver! I loved the view! You could see the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and two of my favorite buildings in Chicago: the Wrigley building with a great view of the clock and the Tribune Tower with a great view of its neo-gothic style top. I spent lots of time looking out of the huge picture window. You would to if you had a soft sofa, champagne and chocolate truffles to enjoy while doing it.
The room itself was very large. It was a Deluxe Guestroom located on the 20th floor. I wish I had taken video of the room to better explain the long hallway you walked into, but the pictures will have to do.
|Very nice, soft king size bed with Italian Bellino linen and a Bose sound wave system with iPod/Iphone docking station on the bed side table.|
|42" LCD flat-screen HDTV with DVD player and a writing desk with wired and wireless internet|
The fridge came stocked with a variety of drinks (all at an extra cost of course), but my favorite thing was the Trump Ice water bottles. I got a little chuckle out of that. The bottom photo is the yummy goodies they had available for purchase as well. Another chuckle with the gold and silver Trump chocolate bars. I didn't eat or drink any of this since my husband had pre-ordered the champagne and chocolates.
I loved the limestone bathroom with a stone vanity, television in the mirror, deep soaking tub and rainfall shower head. They also had a scale, but I do not want to know how much I weigh when I am on trip. For that matter, I don't want to know what I weigh EVER! We did make good use of those robes hanging on the wall when we came back from our dinner. :) Not sure why, but I got a kick out of the electric curtains that opened to a huge picture window. I took a funny little video of it. (below) If you don't get the Lectric Shave reference, check it out here.
Before we headed out to breakfast at the hotel's restaurant, Sixteen, we enjoyed our in room coffee maker and watched the sunrise over Lake Michigan. So grateful for the beautiful room, my amazing husband and the great weather outside to enhance the experience. Blessed to be celebrating 20 years of marriage!