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Elysian Hotels is Hot! Hot! Hot!

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Lenox Magee

Lenox Magee is a freelance journalist and blogger in the Chicagoland area.

In my quest to find Chicago's hottest hotels and restaurant, I think I may have stumbled upon a very likely contender. Elysian Hotels, located at 11 E. Walton, is truly spectacular.  The 188-room hotel has a cobblestone courtyard--lined with a snow-melting system that will keep the area ice-free--leads to the lobby, which is spruced up with busts and an oversize chandelier. In an adjacent lounge, a fireside seating area holds plush couches and a bar that offers beverages such as champagne or hot chocolate. The immaculate interior design is inspired by Coco Chanel - magnificent.

One of the hotel's restaurant, Balsan, is more casual than its counterpart, Ria. Named for Etienne Balsan, a friend and lover of Coco Chanel, Balsan is more suit-and-tie than jeans, though you're welcome to wear them. The food is absolutely delicious. We had the oyster (divine), sturgeon (to die for), and the tuna tartare (mouthwatering). And, the very experienced sommelier  

 The Elysian's other amenities will include a Marc Jacobs boutique, scheduled to open in spring 2010, and a private fleet of luxury cars, which can transport guests around town and to and from the airport. This Gold Coast hotel is destined to be the next popular hangout spot.

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Balsan restaurant at the Elysian Hotels

 

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Elysian Hotels

 

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Elysian Hotels

 

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