I've seen some negative reviews of this place and was tempted to change my reservations for a 3 night stay in Chicago. I considered the Westin, but as a Hilton die-hard, I let it ride and hoped for the best.
This place is immaculate. I was upgraded to a corner spa room. It had a separate glass-enclosed shower and a deep soaking tub. Others had commented it was to "chic" for their taste, but I can't see how anyone would think that unless their accustomed to Motel 6.
The multimedia was fantastic. The desk was connected to the entertainment center and they had connections which allowed you to hook up anything with S-Video and play it on the TV. The room was spacious, ultra-clean, and highly comfortable bed.
People complained about the noise, and granted, you do get "some" street noise such as sirens, etc, but this is a downtown hotel, so in my opinion that is to be expected. The bottom line is I did not find the noise level to be distracting. Others complained about the birds, owls, soundtrack they play lightly in the hallways. I absolutely could not hear this at all from inside the room. It was very light and subtle even when in the hallways. The hallways were spotless.
The lobby was busy, but I never had to wait much for anything. I arrived at 1pm, 2 hours before check-in time, and that was not an issue. They had a room available and it was the upgraded room as well.
The loop train is literally on the same corner as the hotel. You can go from the lobby to the platform in probably 30 seconds (less if your're skinny and make it an issue to maximize time.)
I only had breakfast at their restaurant, State and Main, but it was one of the best experiences in a DoubleTree I have ever had. You can tell it is operated by real chef's, not just a line cook. As a diamond member, I received breakfast coupons which was worth $17 at the restaurant. This more then easily covered breakfast.
The room air-conditioning was perfect, the maids were extremely nice and proficient.
Very close to anything you want to do. Had hot dogs at a number of places, deep dish at Lou Manati's (Geno's is fairly close - 20 min walk.) Harry Carry's is just 2 blocks away behind the Westin. If I come back to Chicago, this is easily the place I would stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- theWit is intelligently renewing one of the original "It" locations on the corner of State (the great) Street and Lake. Its history is rich with artists, theatre people, journalists and musicians as it is nestled between the theatre district and the river. Blending the amenities of a resort with the flair of a boutique hotel, theWit has brought a new energy and vitality to the downtown Chicago Loop. Striking design, unparalleled comfort, and remarkable services create a dramatic sensory experience. This is a destination for anyone who gets "It" or at least wants to. ... more less
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