I have always admired Chicago's spectacular skyline. It seems to always be better and denser than the year before. And soon MUCH taller! I was happy to see Chicago building an empire for the future... yet I had a slight feeling that Chicago was doomed in the end. Not cause it was building towers almost to the speed of Dubai but because all these towers for some reason have hotels in them! Hotel from floors 8 to 30... blah blah blah. I was like, how many f***ing hotels does one city need?
Chicago has the Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, Peninsula, Hilton, Hotel 71 and the W's (Lake Shore and City Centre)... plus the other hundreds within the city center. Then I checked hotels within the city center just to see availability... and just for Memorial Day Weekend, I could only get an availability at the Hard Rock Hotel and the Sofitil... FOR ONE NIGHT with only TWO!
Now I realize that Chicago is underserved greatly in the hotel industry.
I used all the top hotel search engines for lowest rates, availablity, and distance. Plus a busy holiday weekend.
Do you feel that a lot of the builders in Chicago are making a bad decision to devote a third or more of their development to high-end hotels or not? And would it be possible for Chicago to allow cheaper hoteliers within the city center?