I'm a Chicago native who currently lives in Los Angeles, when I return to the Windy City for business and pleasure I always like to stay in loop. The W Lakeshore was my hotel of choice for a long time, but as soon as I heard a brand spanking new Aloft was coming, just blocks away from the Mag Mile and the Rock & Roll McDonald's... I just couldn't pass it up!
I have to say, if it wasn't for Aloft's rockstar employee, Lisset... I don't think I would've had the pleasant stay I did. She made me feel welcome, at home and made sure every night and morning that I left my room, I was "good to go". She knows everything about the property and the city! The entire staff was a gem, from the girl who checked me in to the bellman who helped with my bags. This may not be you're typically "trendy-chic" hotel but I certainly felt 1st class.
Super sick! An amazing view, see the pics! Extremely spacious (much bigger than the W) modern fixtures and comfortable bed. I found myself actually using the spacious office area and desk. THE BEST PART: was the FREE Wi-Fi in the room and the entire property, that alone is enough of a reason to return. The room was too big for me, but a family or even a couple it's still spacious and you won't get the 'cramped' feeling. Though, my toilet was running all night, it was a bit annoying but I overlooked it, because it's an easy fix.
Couldn't ask for a better location in the heart of downtown, 2 blocks from the Red line, 3 blocks from the Mag Mile, a short bus ride to Navy Pier and surrounded by the best clubs, bars and restaurants the city has to offer.
I get it, it's called the "Aloft" because it's supposed to feel like an industrial, urban environment. It totally does, self-serve snack and breakfast bar, pool table, computer stations, great lounge and happening bar! I wish I had a chance to try the restaurant... next time!
FREE Wi-Fi (Everywhere)
Brand New Hotel
Small Gym, Equipment was broken.
No iPod dock in the room
Would be nice to have a rooftop deck/bar
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Now Open! Aloft Chicago City Center is one of the newest hotels in River North! Located between the Loop business district and shopping on the Magnificent Mile, our hotel will put you right in the center of it all. afolt Chicago City Center features pet-friendly guest rooms with free WiFi, 42" LCD TVs and beautifully-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers. Guests will enjoy our onsite restaurant, lobby lounge, 24-hr Market, room service, fitness center and event space. ... more less
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