{family travel} Luxury Staycation at Hyatt Regency Chicago

When planning a luxury vacation, I often flip through glossy travel magazines and look at places like the Caribbean Islands, London, Ireland, Paris, Virgin Islands and more. But for a typical family of five like mine, luxurious family vacations are few and far between. With rising airline tickets, expenses, and hotel room stays, vacations like these ends up costing more than a couple thousand dollars.

In the past few years of the recession, the term “staycation” has been a popular topic. Parents are working twice as hard these days to bring home the bacon, and with our societies busy and fast-paced lifestyle, family vacations are well-deserved treats for all of its members.

Staycationing is a trend that I don’t think will be going away any time soon. There is always something new to explore in your own city. And if you live in the suburbs or country, driving one or two hours into the big city is fun and very accessible.  Whether it be trying the newest restaurants, visiting museums, watching a theater show, shopping, or doing “tourtisty’ activities like riding a double-decker bus or bike tour, I’m sure that there are parts of your city that you haven’t yet experienced.

Hyatt Regency Chicago invited me and family to spend a night in their Park Suite on the 34th floor and experience a luxury staycation in their hotel. Located literally just steps off the world-class, Michigan Avenue on 151 East Wacker Drive, Hyatt Regency Chicago is one of the oldest hotels in Chicago. All of the rooms and suites recently experienced a 94 million dollar makeover and it shows.

Staying at the Park Suite at Hyatt Regency Chicago is like living in your dream city condominium. Looking over the Chicago River with a direct view of the John Hancock and even Michigan Avenue, this suite is 620 square feet of luxury living space…even for just  a day or two! Since we have three kids, we also got an extra room attached just for them, a must-have when trying to relax. :)

The room is so gorgeous that instead of going to  a restaurant that evening, we decided to use the dining room and order room service from Stetson’s Chophouse. And with eight dining options in the hotel, there would be no need to leave if you didn’t want to!

Staying close to home during a family vacation can be luxurious. What I love is that we got to spend less than traveling away, yet still able to have a one of a kind trip that we will all remember. The only thing the kids were bummed about was that the hotel didn’t have a pool.

So next time you think you want to get away but not sure about your budget, why not make weekend reservations at the Hyatt Regency in your city and enjoy a luxury city staycation?


Our staycation was compliments of Hyatt Regency Chicago and included breakfast and tickets to the Museum of Science and Industry for the entire family.