Four Seasons in Chicago offers luxury, relaxation and sundaes

Nothing says “luxury” like the Four Seasons. The Chicago hotel’s Magnificent Mile location, gorgeous rooms and unparalleled service make it a dream destination for a weekend in the city. And, fortunately for local families, Four Seasons extends all its niceties to children as well as adults.

Not content to just confirm the number of guests, reservation services requests the name and age of each person in the party. This way, the front desk can greet guests personally at check-in. This may seem like a little detail, but it blew my 8-year-old away to be greeted by name.

The personal touches continued as we entered our rooms, where my sons discovered activity books, crayons and games selected just for them. They got down to business, playing Candy Land with a 40-story view of the city. With the boys occupied, my husband and I were able to relax and unwind. Within an hour, we were visited with complimentary treats as room service arrived with a tray of gourmet cookies, milk chilling on ice, chocolate sauce and a hand-operated blender.

While spa services for adult guests are a given, Four Seasons stands out for some of its child-oriented services. I highly recommend adding a visit from the ice cream man to your stay ($6 per person). He arrived at our rooms with his own cart and offered each of us the chance to create our own sundaes. It was such a fun treat. Four Seasons also offers a free Bedtime Story Butler, a unique good night service for young children.

No hotel stay is complete without a trip to the pool. So we put on our swimsuits and hotel robes (in kid as well as adult sizes) and headed to the hotel’s beautiful pool. I was surprised to find so many floaties and kickboards for kids. There’s even a tiny wading pool for families with toddlers.

It’s all in the details and Four Seasons gets them all right.

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