This was my first stay at a W and will probably be my last. I've always heard how great they are, but now I think the reality is that they appeal to a certain type of traveler.
This hotel is conveniently located on the Orange "L" line and was a straight shot from Midway Airport. Also it was very easy to navigate Chicago and all the sights from here. Fortunately I did not spend that much time in the hotel; I just slept there.
When I walked through the doors into the hotel everything went dark and there was loud music playing, as if I was in a nightclub or bar. Directly in my path were several sofas and various types of seating, with people all around. I could not see a check in area anywhere (it was off to the side in a corner with no directional markings). Once I did find the check in area there was a long line waiting for two men standing behind podiums with spotlights on them. Despite the fact that there were many "workers' milling around and seated at other desks in the lobby, these two were the only ones checking in guests.
My room was small and I expected that. I did not expect to be without some place to hang my clothes, however, so I just hung them on the shower rod. The walls of the room were also thin. I could hear the televisions and conversations of my neighbors quite clearly. Otherwise I have no complaints about the room; it was basic and everything was clean and in working order.
If you want a trendy/hip hotel with atmosphere in the lobby area then you will like this place. If you want rooms with a bit more space (and a closet), more lighting (even the elevators were dark) and a more traditional feel, then you can probably find that nearby.
- Also Known As:
- w Chicago - City Hotel Chicago
- w Chicago - City Hotel
- w Chicago City Center
- w Hotel Chicago
- w Hotels Chicago
- w Chicago
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to that toddlin' town. Set in the middle of the famed Chicago Loop, W Chicago - City Center is close to the Willis Tower, the Chicago Art Institute, Millennium Park, and the theater district. ... more less
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