Staying in an elegant hotel is a great way to experience royal décor and doting services without the hassle of sweeping palace floors to remove lingering court jesters. Explore regal extravagances sans sanitary duties with today's Groupon: for $135, you get one night in a one-bedroom suite at the Belden-Stratford Hotel in Lincoln Park.
A historic Chicago landmark that overlooks Lake Michigan, the Belden-Stratford Hotel swathes guests in luxurious amenities and plush sleeping quarters. One night in a suite rewards weary travelers with a rejuvenating rest amid lavish carpeting, nine-foot ceilings, and tasteful crown moldings—a welcome refuge from dust bunnies and infiltrating armies of garden gnomes.
Lounge the day away by flipping through channels on the satellite TV, surfing the free high-speed wireless Internet, or whipping lethargic ligaments into shape in the fitness center. Most rooms include a fully equipped kitchen, eliminating the need to leave the building and offering a chance to hone potion recipes with a microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, and in-room coffee maker. The complimentary continental breakfast can inspire feet to wander the halls to the coffee bar.
Nestled in the heart of Lincoln Park, the Belden-Stratford Hotel conveniently places patrons across from the zoo, flower conservatory, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Adventurous out-of-towners can also explore the unique boutique selections, exquisite eateries, and theater venues around the area, or hop a bus to the bustling city center for a sightseeing subway safari in the midst of skyscraper mating season.