My wife and I stayed at the Dana Hotel & Spa for an early Valentine's Day getaway for 1 night. We found a deal on their website that included breakfast and a complimentary room upgrade so we decided to book it the night before we went to go see the Book of Mormon (hilarious by the way).
The hotel is in a very nice part of Chicago (River North) and cabs, restaurants, bars, and shopping are all VERY accessible at all times of the day and night from this locale. We checked in the early evening and decided to give their rooftop bar a chance. Big mistake. It was definitely not our scene. Great views and it's an indoor / outdoor rooftop bar which was all awesome. But they had horrible music and videos playing and the place was completely dead.
We were there early (9:00 or so) but we were 2 of 8 people in the entire night club. Cocktails were outrageously expensive ($16) and were not worth the money what-so-ever. I enjoy Top 40 Pop music, but that's not what was playing... it was strange bump n grind stuff that I had never heard before. We paid for our round of drinks and headed out for the night.
The next day we had breakfast. My wife had the french toast and I had the oatmeal, both were fantastic. Soon thereafter we had full body massages in the spa. We decided to try the hot stone massage and it was WONDERFUL. The steam showers were "down for repairs" while we were there but that is literally the only thing I could complain about. Their staff was friendly and courteous and the massage therapists did a wonderful job.
The room... we got a corner King Suite and it was AWESOME. The ceiling is unfinished, just roughed out concrete. We had floor to ceiling windows on two walls, facing South down State Street with a view of Trump Tower in the distance. The bed was extremely comfortable and the room was very quiet, couldn't hear any of the traffic outside or in the hallway.
One little thing to mention is the bathroom. Thankfully it was my wife and I staying there without anyone else. Why you ask? Because there's a giant glass wall in the shower so anyone in the bedroom could watch you shower. It wasn't a little window or privacy glass... I'm talking floor to ceiling glass window so you can see EVERYTHING! For us it was kind of cool. If you're getting two beds and sharing with another couple or relative... not good at all.
The shower itself was great. I think it's called a rain shower. The shower head is directly over you and it was like getting rained on. They had a little stool in there so you could just sit down, hunch over and feel the hot water just run all over. It was very relaxing.
We checked out of the room and the front desk kept our bags as we went to lunch, then to the musical. Everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful and we really enjoyed it. Not sure if it's a hotel for everyone, but if you like trendy and different (and watching your partner shower), then this is a good place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- dana hotel and spa is located in downtown Chicago's River North neighborhood, known for hosting the Magnificent Mile, one of the hottest shopping streets in the US as well as some of the best restaurants, fantastic theater and exciting nightlife. This luxury boutique hotel and spa evokes a vibe that isn't about seeing and being seen - only about living in the moment. At dana hotel and spa, giving is our pleasure, and it's this fundamental yet profound principle that we practice daily. dana has been designed for living; a boutique hotel and spa in Chicago that offers an artful juxtaposition that balances the beauty of natural elements with state-of-the-art technologies, making our guestrooms and suites ideal for your lifestyle. Natural, sustainable woods, warm earth tones, and flawless details create dana, one of the most unique hotels Chicago has to offer. dana. Come as you are. ... more less
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