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There’s no missing the Swiss sensibility of this hotel. It’s efficient but keeps its eye on design, with artistic touches throughout. Designed by Evanston-born architect Harry Weese, the triangular shape of the building allows for extra space between neighboring buildings, and the result is gorgeous views on all sides, including the lake to the east. The rooms are more practical than plush, with large work desks and lots of natural light coming in from the windows, and bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. The generous health club and pool roost on the 42nd floor (cost is $15 to guests), with its view of Navy Pier and Lake Michigan, actually made me want to lift weights, just to stand in there longer. The hotel ownership is green-minded, and offers guests a dining credit in exchange for opting out of daily housekeeping. The hotel also relies on cold water for laundry, has energy-efficient lighting, and uses a composting system. Although many of the guests are here on business, families also frequently book here for the pool and the “kid-friendly” suites, which have kid-sized furniture, video games, stuffed animals, coloring books, and DVDs. The attached restaurant, The Palm, serves steaks and seafood.