No Tips Allowed: The Waldorf Chicago — Service with a Smile

Chicago’s newest gem, The Waldorf Astoria (formerly the Elysian) has made a national name for itself by literally not allowing tips. While it may feel strange to “snub” the valet or bellhop, they say the need to show monetary gratitude takes away from the feeling that you’re at home.

One of the two Best of the Best Hotels by the Robb Report, in addition to five-star accommodations (and five diamonds from AAA), the red hot Gold Coast property can seemingly do no wrong. With a killer spa (featuring robes that literally feel like you’re wearing a cloud), a top rated restaurant and a gym featuring global phenomenon like Gryotonics (an interesting contraption created by Juliu Horvath a famous ballerina that literally stretches your body in a rhythmic and fluid manner), the property is full of endearing quirks to make your stay memorable.

What to Expect:

Designed by renowned Architect Lucien Lagrange, the richly detailed exterior and European courtyard are reminiscent of the grand hotels of the 1920s, while the interiors embrace a sophisticated, urban sensibility. Spacious guest rooms, which average 890 square feet and are richly appointed with fireplaces, furnished outdoor terraces, private bar, operable windows and multiple closets, 460-count Italian linens and just steps from the ultra-lux Oak Steet Shops a private fleet of luxury Lexus automobiles tend to your every desire. Sharing the same philosophy as Coco Chanel, “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”

11 East Walton. Chicago, Illinois 60611. 312-646-1300.