Just got back from our first trip ever to Chicago. I literally spent weeks researching all of the possibilities with my wife being the one to decide since this was her birthday gift. It was a good call.
The location is great but then any hotel in that area is well located. Easy walk to the lake, Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, restaurants, etc.. If you're not in the mood to walk then places like Millenium Park are a cheap cab ride away.
We stayed in a Corner King on the 17th floor. We arrived late morning and were pleased to find that our room was ready. It was beautiful with floor to ceiling windows around the whole perimeter of the room. The decor was very comtemporary and nicely appointed...it was exactly as advertised. Our one fear was that since we are fifty-something that the place would be too loud and cater to a younger alternative crowd. We are happy to announce that the atmosphere was calm, casual and sophisticated. The Vertigo lounge on the top floor was the only part that catered to the younger set. And that's fine. The hotel is a business and the twenty-somethings have money to spend so more power to the Dana. Plenty of piano bars in the area for us mature folk who have "been there and done that".
The only criticisms I have are this. I am an early riser and my wife is a late sleeper. There is no common area in which to leave the room to sit and read the morning paper and sip a coffee. They give you coupons worth $10 towards breakfast each morning which is a great deal and the food is great. During our five day stay the service was a little sluggish but they were under staffed and those on duty poured their hearts out.
The one really curious shortcoming of this property is its lack of ice. The hotel is not huge by Chicago standards but it is 25 floors. There is one ice machine in the whole place...on the 5th floor. Where ever we stay we enjoy having a cocktail in the room as we prepare for going to dinner. The first night we stayed a party in the banquet room depleted all of the ice. I had to take my ice bucket to the first floor and ask the bartender for ice. Not good. For the record the mini-bar with wine and beer was nice and very reasonably priced.
Also, don't rely too heavily on the concierge service for restaurant recommendations. Our first lunch for Chicago style pizza was at one of their local favorites (Gino's) in which I paid $22 for a small pizza. It was good but not that good. Walk around, you'll figure it out.
The Dana is a great upscale, boutique hotel. The people were nice and the property is warm and comfortable. Having taken note of the huge chain places like the Westin, Marriot, Sheraton, etc and their impersonal assembly line service I have absolutely no regrets about our stay at the Dana. Chicago is a fun place to visit and when we go back (and we will) we will stay at the Dana
- 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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