They say there is no place like home. Can I just say good riddance? I spent the night before my trip to Chicago with a husband who hogs the blankets and a toddler with the sole mission of burrowing her head into my back. By 5 am someplace not like home sounded fantastic. The Hard Rock Hotel did not disappoint. After walking through the revolving doors I was greeted with a sign that offered a Fender Guitar to have in room during your stay. Welcome to the Hard Rock ladies and gentleman, this is how they roll.
The Carbide & Carbon Building (home of the Chicago Hard Rock Hotel), sits on Michigan Avenue and boast the title of one of Chicagos prized Art Deco skyscrapers. Complete in 1929, the building stands over 500 feet tall and boast 40 floors. Many visitors and Chicago natives have likened the building to a Champagne bottle; with its terra cotta exterior and golden tower resembling the green glass bottle and shiny foil top. Perfect for a hotel that regularly boast Rock Stars right?
When I walked into the hotel I admired the marble flooring, gold-trimmed mirrored elevators. Walking in behind a group of musicians, complete with instruments on their backs, I felt slightly out of my element. I definitely wasn’t a rock star but the three staff memebers who greeted me in the lobby obviously didn’t mind. We had arrived well before check in but the courteous staff was willing to switch our room to one that was ready anyways. Maybe I could be a rock star for just a few days.
After settling in my room I immediately sat on the bed – ahhh plush and inviting comfort. Best of all no toddlers or husband, but what made me smile was the goodnight message on the mirror above my bed “I Want to Rock and Roll All Night..” Little did I know the countless miles I would spend walking through the streets of Chicago – my Fitbit tracked over 25,000 steps in one day – wouldn’t leave me much energy to rock and roll through the night. Or even leave me enough energy to check out the gym while I was there. When I wasn’t becoming fast friends with the my pillows I was taking advantage of the immense amount of desk space to squeeze in a bit of work.
As welcoming and comfortable as the hotel was it was the views that I fell in love with:
From gazing upon the likes of KISS as I dressed each day…
to the illuminated cityscape as I fell asleep at night…
and finally the guitars and larger than life art sprinkled among the floors. It was easy to see that everything about the hotel was inspired by the Rock and Roll lifestyle. The Hard Rock Hotel easily lived up to it’s name, with just the right dose of comfort and hospitality to make me feel completely at home.