We arrived in Chicago on a groggy red-eye out of San Jose after a day flight from Kona International. Overnight travelers like us move slowly as we make our way through the building crowds of the outbound business travelers ready to start their day. Although it’s a long haul from the gate to the CTA Blue Line, it is also incredibly convenient. At 5am, the CTA station at O’hare airport is awash with employees of the night shift heading home and those on the morning shift coming in. We didn’t fit right in, but we did manage to get a 7 day pass and find our way to a seat on the next train into the city.
We made our way to The Talbott where we expected to leave our bags and head off to find some breakfast. Instead, they graciously checked us into an upgraded junior suite. Beyond grateful, we dropped our things in the happy room and headed off to get some bran and yogurt to enjoy in the comfort of our spacious quarters. With it being so early in the morning, we broke the no nap on arrival day rule and added an hour of sleep to our depleted total from the night prior.
We enjoyed the Talbott during one of our previous visits to the city and we were looking forward to returning after their major renovation and reopening. We were absolutely thrilled with the new room concept and the staff was exceptional in every way. The concierge who had recommended dinner at Carmine’s when we here last and told us what to order, still worked at the desk. The doorman Dwayne is also still here. In our minds, happy employees mean happy guests.