Wedged smack dab between the financial district and theater district, this historic property is a big draw for business travelers and tourists alike as it's within walking distance of all the major sights. Originally built in 1938, it retains Chicago's classic architectural charms with a splash of modernity with upgrades like incredibly comfortable beds with satin-padded headboards and stylish bathrooms that feature more-than-the-usual toiletries.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Want a pillow fort or a pint of ice cream at midnight? W Hotel's "Whatever, Whenever" policy means you can literally get whatever you want, whenever you want it and the concierge will find a way to get it. Bonus: You're only billed for the price of the product, not the service.
Generously sized rooms are decked out with stark white bedding, satin padded headboards and footbeds, slate recliners, and wall TVs outfitted with DVD players. Light sleepers, fear not: Rooms are outfitted with Homedics sound machines to ensure quiet from city noise. But if you want to ensure total silence, opt for the quieter courtyard view rooms.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Love the bed? You can purchase it on the property's website. That's right--you can buy the dang hotel bed.
Aside from the top two floors, which are standing showers only, most rooms feature smaller European shower/bath combo with rainfall heads, Bliss bath products, vanity mirrors,and W signature robes.
Thanks to its historic status, the lobby retains the building's original stunning two-floor marble atrium with antique plaster plated ceilings, grand staircase, and arched balconies. Grab a complimentary infused water and kick back on sophisticated white leather banquettes while you catch up on work.
This hotel has an upper edge on Chicago's iconic theater scene, hosting monthly Broadway events right in the lobby. Actual cast members from coveted shows like Hamilton, The King and I, and Aladdin are invited in for two-hour performances with VIP tickets for sale or complimentary standing room.
Head to the third floor to access FIT, their 24-hour gym. It's not much to look at, but features the usual suspects of weight machines, TV-equipped cardio machines, yoga mats, and boxing gear along with small amenities like complimentary water, towels, apples, and full service locker room.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Early risers can sign up for a 6 a.m. run with the hotel's general manager every Wednesday. During the summer, the property offers complimentary work out classes from yoga to kickboxing in one of the ballroom spaces.
Longtime new urban cuisine restaurant, IPO, is the first floor stalwart, featuring an internationally-inspired menu and pre-theater dining.
Conveniently central in the Loop, the property is steps away from all Chicago L trains and buses. Taxis are easily accessible in this area, as well as ride-hailing apps if you need to get somewhere quickly. Valet and parking garages are nearby, but can be quite pricey and a hassle if you're spending most of your time downtown.
The once-sleepy Financial District dominated by lunch restaurants is finally seeing up-and-coming restaurants like Cochon Volant Brasserie (1-minute walk) and trendy food halls like Latincity (4-minute walk) and Revival Food Hall (2-minute walk). Classic standbys abound like Italian Village (1-minute walk) or The Grillroom Chophouse & Wine Bar (3-minute walk), but foodies seeking the latest hotspots should head to River North.
Most of the after-work crowd heads to Revival Food Hall (2-minute walk) to grab a drink, but the upscale wine bar Townhouse Restaurant & Wine Bar (6-minute walk) and divier Franklin Tap and Cactus Bar & Grill (8-minute walk) continue to be local haunts.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Whether you're a buttoned up business travelers loaded with meetings or a tourist ready to pound the pavement, the location really hits the sweet spot of convenience. Sleek, comfortable accommodations have a historic charm that truly feels like Chicago, plus serviceable perks like complimentary Broadway performances and W Hotel's signature Whatever, Whenever policy that makes every guest feel like a VIP.