I have stayed at the Dana in Chicago twice over the past two years. My first visit was for three nights, second stay for five. Depending on your specific needs, budget, and taste, The Dana can range from very good to fantastic.
The location is a few blocks off the main drag but it's a very easy, safe, and quick walk to reach North Michigan Avenue or River North. Cabs are easily accessible at the front door and the "El" train and bus stops are within a 5 minute-or-so walk.
The Dana was a newly built property buily a few years ago. It is modern, with a lot of exposed concrete and glass but still maintains a warm, Chicago-style loft feel with wood floors and touches of earthy colors throughout the hotel. There is an excellent spa, good restaurant (although too many better options out the front door), and a slightly-above-average continental breakfast included with all rooms. It would be great for younger or young-at-heart singles and couples. Not recommended for families or children due to privacy issues in all rooms and nightlife vibe when the sun goes down.
The rooms: Very good, modern, Chicago-style design with partial wood floors, excellent desk/work space, sliding loft-style bathroom door, excellent spa-style bathroom with spacious rainfall shower, (One wall of the shower is glass exposed to the main bedroom area, which is really fun for some guests but maybe not-so-much if you are traveling with friends or family.) The rooms have excellent in-room amenities for this level/price of hotel. High quality music/TV systems, very good bed/linens, robes/slippers, toiletries, wine bar, and shockingly reasonably priced mini-bar/snacks. There is at least one floor-to-ceiling window offering standard to impressive city views. Excellent natural light in all rooms, although when needed there are blackout shades, if you want to sleep in or have privacy from the nearby buildings. I preferred the upgraded corner room during my second stay since it offered a little more space, two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, better views, and a small private balcony. Be aware, no rooms other than the penthouse suites have bathtubs, the large spa rain-showers were the trade-off, I guess. There is also a fitness center and small computer area, although there is no pool and had to pay for wifi. Parking here as with all hotels in Chicago equals highway robbery.
One area of the hotel that really disappointed this reviewer, was the super cheesy Vegas wanna-be roof top bar. I thought the staff, design, music, and skanky little cocktail waitress outfits were far too cheap and vulgar for this hotel. You can have a hip and swanky nightclub and still be sophisticated/classy. (Rooftop at The Wit hotel got this concept right and is worth the trip over this place.) Other than the free breakfast and spa worth consideration, skip the hotel outlets. In general I have found the service sufficient- never awful or rude but never particularly memorable.
Overall, I find the Dana a very comfortable and stylish hotel with some great amenities and unique touches. If you can find a competetive rate, it's a good value and a more interesting experience compared with many of the standard corporate hotels in Chicago. Other comporable/stylish hotels in the area to consider and compare rates include The Wit, The Sofitel, The James, and The Polomar.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Dana Hotel Chicago