Full Time Business Traveler: theWit is a superb hotel on many fronts. However, depending on the type of traveler you are, there are considerations to make before choosing this mostly superb hotel.
The hotel is 27 floors and is an attractive building with a stylish design around the first floor. It is a very stylish lobby, good elevator service (it requires a key to stop in a floor with rooms).
All staff was highly professional and friendly. Every cab gets hailed for you, every door opened, reservations for dinner made for you, recommendations for things to do, extras brought to you right away when you want them, even the revolving door will frequently be given a push for you. ((Side note, there is the most impressive Walgreens only a 2 minute walk away. One does not think high end when they think Walgreens but this is VERY high end. Groceries, impressive win selection, deli with high quality offerings, this place will giver your store needs completely.))
The room is very high tech, nice decor (a bit darkish), excellent outlet availability, great work area, window opens, nice views, top notch environmental controls, excellent A/V, very comfortable bed, superb toiletry offerings, fairly solid internet (upgraded speed choice), plenty of light (large windows with lots of sunlight when needed), light mood background sounds in the hallways
Again, just so much to like about this hotel. They really run a first class hotel.
However, for the toned down traveler be aware that a VERY trendy and popular night club is on the top floor. During the week you get music out front and 20 somethings with women in their 'best' clubwear. It wasn't a big issue for me, it's often part of downtown big city living. But on Friday that level went much higher. You may hear faint bass from the music from the night club if you are within 2 floors of the 27th. The hotel goes out of their way (understandably so) to also accommodate night club guests. A bit of a cold reaction from a large night club 'host' out front of the hotel gave me an odd feeling but not a big deal. Out front late-ish Friday night was lots and lots of club goers, music going, interesting people watch if nothing else.
If what i describe is your scene or you don't mind these kind of goings on, theWit is a fantastic choice! If you want something more toned down than what I describe (especially Friday and Saturday night), you might want to cross the river and choose Embassy or Homewood Suites or Marriott among others.
As long as that doesn't bother you, I highly recommend theWit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- theWit is intelligently renewing one of the original "It" locations on the corner of State (the great) Street and Lake. Its history is rich with artists, theatre people, journalists and musicians as it is nestled between the theatre district and the river. Blending the amenities of a resort with the flair of a boutique hotel, theWit has brought a new energy and vitality to the downtown Chicago Loop. Striking design, unparalleled comfort, and remarkable services create a dramatic sensory experience. This is a destination for anyone who gets "It" or at least wants to. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thewit Hotel Chicago