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TRAVEL + LEISURE | Pedis-N-Passports

LE MERIDIEN CHICAGO OAKBROOK CENTER Until a month ago, Brooke and I have never even heard of Le Meridien Hotels. Yes, we apparently live in some sort of abyssmal hotel cave. Well, let the sunshine in because we have seen Le Meridien Light!

Le Meridien Chicago Oakbrook Center is located adjacent to the outdoor Oakbrook Center which offers an abundance of luxury boutiques and dozens of restaurants, so talk about a prime location. When Brooke heard where we were spending the weekend, she got that dreamy “mall” look in her eyes and I swear her pupils transformed into shopping bags.

Art – As we entered the lobby, also known as The Hub, we knew this weekend was going to be extraordinary. The stunning mural, by local artist Justus Roe, immediately set the tone for a unique, creative and cultural experience.

Another fantastic component of Le Meridien Hotels is their partnerships with local cultural centers. In your room, you will find an Unlock Art Pass that gives you complimentary admission to The Elmhurst Art Gallery, along with access to special events!

Dining – El Tapeo is the epitome of fine dining– Spanish Tapas with a modern flair. The spacious restaurant is located on the ninth floor with 360 degree views. The staff, decor, cuisine and atmosphere were mas allas de nuetras expectativas! For one glorious hour, we were transported to Barcelona.

Spa – The highlight of our staycation was without question, the spa. Probably, the best, and definitely the most personalized massages we’ve ever received. For essential oils, Brooke chose “Restorative” and I chose “Soothing.” Those two words alone sum up this transformational experience. Literally the first question Brooke asked after coming out of her post massage trance was, “Where in the world am I?” We were certainly not in Oakbrook or even on planet any longer–the experience was surreal. If you’re looking for the massage of a lifetime—this is the spot.

And to top it off, after your treatments, you get 40 more minutes of private R&R time in this luxurious paradise, complete with water, tea, juices, tropical fruits, a luxurious heated tile lounger, steam room, soaking tub and rain shower.

So if you too have lived in the hotel abyss, head to Le Meridien Chicago Oakbrook Center to see the light! You will truly love the modern, artistic urban chic atmosphere located in the ideal spot for a convenient girls retreat!


Naperville mom and teacher, Kristen Kainrath and her teen daughter, Brooke, are a mother-daughter travel-blogging team who have always shared an incurable case of wanderlust. Their goal is to inspire girls to follow their passions and appreciate the diversity of our global community. Follow them on their journeys at and watch for their monthly article inside Glancer Magazine in 2017.

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