Amidst the glittering skyscrapers of the Magnificent Mile in Chicago is a gem that is The Ritz Carlton
This 434-room luxury hotel provides a well-deserved retreat from the busy life of the city. There’s a lot
of life changing experiences the moment you enter the Ritz such as the guest rooms with the stunning
view of the lake and the city, the rooftop lounge and bar, state of the art fitness center and the wellness full service spa.
Let us focus on three of them.
The Guest Rooms… A Stunning View of the Lake and The City
The guest rooms with extra-large picture windows overlooking the beautiful lake and the stunning view
of the city is a picture perfect to behold worth remembering in a lifetime. The rooms have luxury
bedding, including double duvets and pillows. They are also provided with thick terry robes and slippers,
and serviced twice daily by housekeeping.
Complimentary newspapers are provided and child proofed rooms are available upon request. Extra
beds for king rooms and suites can be requested at a little extra charge. In room dining service is
available 24-hours a day.
The Club Lounge… Elegance with A Healthy Touch
The Ritz Carlton Club Lounge was officially unveiled in August of 2016. The Club Lounge offer guests an
exclusive and personalized experience and reprieve in the midst of the bustling city. It offers five
different food and beverage options throughout the day- from healthy breakfast choices to hors de
oeuvres, cocktails and evening desserts. Guests will be at awe to find these exclusive offerings in a
sophisticated space featuring walnut hardwood floors complimented by clean, modern walnut cabinetry
highlighted by hints of blue, gold and brown, all which blend with the ambiance of the hotel.
The Luxury Spa … Come and be Treated Like a King and Queen
The Ritz Carlton full service luxury Spa sets the standard for elegance in business and leisure travelers. It
is a milestone that the Ritz has perfected in the art of hospitality a development of an approach to
luxury that has never been duplicated.
The Spa is staffed with world-class expertise that listens to your specific requests and concerns to
provide a level of personalized service that is simply memorable. From the moment you make your
appointment each step of your time with the Spa will be tailored to you-being pampered like a King and
Queen. The Spa’s extensive treatment menu includes massages, body treatments and facials using Ritz
Carlton famous ESPA products.
An example of Spa’s treatment includes Cosmedix, a new line of skin care that has a revolutionary
approach found in its metabolic peels made of clinically correct ingredients and potent actives.
Cosmedix targets the surface layer of the skin to renew, revitalize and brighten your skin.
Another Hidden Gem :The Ritz Carlton Hotel Staff That Makes Everything Possible
The unsung heroes so to speak that makes the Ritz Carlton Chicago a tremendous success in terms of
brand and service are the people behind it, the hotel staff. Without a doubt these dedicated men and
women working so hard with full of passion everyday have made so many guests enliven their spirits
and made a lasting impression of their hotel experience something to always remember in their lifetime.Let’s meet some of them and so you can reach out to them when you make your reservations.Samia from Food and Beverage is a real gem. She will take your orders diligently, listen to every details
to ensure that accuracy and promptness will be the hallmark of your order. She has been in the service
for more than ten years and the smile on her face has not diminished a bit every time she is with the
guests. No wonder that she has been nominated so many times as employee of the month and surely
won some of them.Karen from Housekeeping Department has been in the service for almost 30 years and surely has made
thousands of guests very happy. Those beautiful and comfortable very neatly looking beds are her
teams’ masterpieces. She ensures that each one of them is like a place in heaven when you lay down
from a long trip or exhausting corporate meetings. She runs the whole housekeeping team, always
anticipating the guests’ needs to enliven their spirits.Amy from the Finance Department takes care of your financial questions and concerns. She has been
with the hotel for almost 30 years helping guests on their reservations, billings, folios, receipts and
adjustments. She is courteous and very attentive to guests’ financial concerns, and explains diligently
questions from the guest at the front desks, meeting rooms or over the phone. A very knowledgeable
accounting staff Amy is always ready to drop anything that she is doing when the guest call and attend
to their needs.There are so many gems behind the success of the Ritz Carlton Chicago like Jing, the 2016 Employee of
the Year who helps the guests on their local and foreign currency needs. Anna the Rooms Director is a
very dynamic and energetic manager who is an expert on anticipating the guests’ unexpressed feelings
and desires working indefatigable in order to meet their expectations.When you make your reservations at the hotel, remember these precious “gems” and they will make
your stay a lasting memory for a lifetime.
Removing your shoes, belts and coats, taking out your laptops and liquids may be a thing of the past. A new carry-on bag scanner is now being tested by Transportation Security Administration ( TSA ). The three-D X-ray machine is designed to fit the passenger checkpoint area at the airport. The computed tomography scanner, also known as CT scanner shoots hundreds of images with an x-ray camera that spins around the conveyor belt to provide TSA officers with a 3-dimensional picture.
Current X-ray machines for carry-on baggage offer only 2-dimensional (2-D) views. These new scanners offer clearer pictures for TSA staff and allow them to rotate the 3-D image for a more thorough analysis.
Possibly in the future, passengers need not put out their laptops, other electronics and liquids from the bags. Passengers now pay extra for expedited security screening through the TSA pre check program, hence some big savings for our travelers.
Why Hotel Restaurant Prices Are High – Ways to Save Some Money
In a study conducted by a software company Plate IQ which analyzed invoices from more than 1,000 eateries earlier this year, restaurants mark-up ingredients by 300% on average. Since hotel restaurants offer a full dining experience, generally 60% of the check/receipt goes to labor and rent; 30%-33% to food and with less than 10 % left as profit.
This margin of profit is fine with the hotel owners because their main source of income is the room revenues.
To illustrate consider the following:
Meat What they pay : $0.48
(On Pizza) What you pay : $3.00
Mark-Up : 529 %
Cheese What they pay : $0.29
(On Hamburger) What you pay : $1.50
Mark-Up : 417 %
Vegetable What they pay : $0.32
(On Pizza) What you pay : $2.00
Mark-Up : 525 %
Traveling to Foreign Countries – Be Happy and Safe
Here are a few reminders to ensure all goes well.
Make copy or use your phone to photograph your ID or passport information
Notify your credit card company about your travel plans. Credit card companies usually deny transactions done outside of your country of origin. It can be troublesome trying to fix it while you are in another country.
Reserve early-bird flights. Usually the 6:00 am flight with any carrier is a good chance to get those big discounts.
Travel light. Use carry-on bags which means no waiting at the carousel or lost luggage. Many travel related items can now be ordered online and delivered at your hotel on or before your arrival. Just notify your hotel beforehand and they will deliver them to your room. Travel Light