Sadly, we were only in Chicago for an overnight business trip so we didn't get much opportunity to explore the hotel and enjoy its amenities. We like what we did see, and will definitely be back for more!
We arrived early and were greeted by a very enthusiastic and friendly desk crew who had us checked into a Spectacular room right away. The lobby was a bit glitzy but comfortable, with some cool artwork. (Granted, that’s subjective. Our cool might be your questionable.) Beaded curtains surrounded several conversation “pods” and, past the desk, the bar and restaurant areas have lots of glass and mirrors reflecting light from the windows facing Lake Shore Drive. There were coffee and cookies to welcome us, along with the helpful concierge who pointed us to a delicious pizza place nearby for a quick lunch, along with directions to the Metro and a couple local destinations.
The room was not large but it was well done: comfortable, functional, clean and sleek, with a spectacular view. The W Signature Bed, as always, was delightfully comfy and we love the Bliss amenities. (Thank you to the desk staff who slipped us some extra lotion!) One of the more unique features is a chaise that extends along two walls, forming an L-shape from the bedside to the window, with a built-in table at the end, beneath a chandelier. This gives you lots of seating, without cluttering the small room. We used it as a luggage rack, a work space, and a place to get a great view of Lake Michigan.
The desk was large and uncluttered – just a telephone and desk lamp – with easily accessible plugs. There were more in the nightstand and easily reachable wall outlets. A large flatscreen was mounted above the desk, so it was unobtrusive and well situated for watching from the bed or chaise. It fit seamlessly with the mirror and artwork along the wall. It’s a very modern design that we absolutely love.
The bathroom was clean and bright but a bit small. A little counter space would be helpful, as would a vanity area separate from the shower/toilet. As in most hotels, ventilation could be better, too. The one sort of odd thing that I've seen people complain about is the window between the bathroom and the rest of the room. Some complain that it’s clear, which ours was not, and that the light from the bathroom shone into the bedroom, which didn't bother us at all. In fact, we generally leave a light on anyway, since it can be disorienting waking in the dark in an unfamiliar place and trying to find a light.
The location is great - on the north side of the Chicago River on Lake Shore Drive. It’s across the street from the lake and a large park with a beach, so it’s nice getting a lake view room. A walking path takes you under the street and continues to the Navy Pier. In the opposite direction, it’s a short walk to Michigan Avenue, and the Red Line is just a few blocks further on. There are plenty of great restaurants, nightlife and landmarks in the vicinity.
We didn't get to stay long enough to enjoy (or even find) the pool or fitness facilities, but we found the rocking chairs on the porch! Since check out was substantially before our flight out, the hotel was kind enough to store our bags (free of charge) while we wrapped up some business. Afterward, we had a few minutes to enjoy the rocking chairs facing Lake Shore Drive. You can’t see much of the lake from that vantage point, but it’s nice to sit outdoors and relax a bit, even if it is facing such a busy street.
All said, we thoroughly enjoyed the W Chicago Lakefront and look forward to a return so we can explore and experience more of the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- W Chicago - Lakeshore, the only hotel overlooking Lake Michigan is a short walk from Navy Pier. Onsite we have flexible event space, perfect for both business meetings and lavish weddings. ... more less
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