The Chicago JW Marriott is a comfortable, well-appointed hotel with a location that may be unbeatable IF (a) you've flown to the city on Southwest or (b) intend to visit the Art Institute and the adjacent Millennium Park. The CTA Orange Line connects Midway Airport (Southwest's hub) to the city center and the Quincy stop on that line is literally steps away from the JW. A 15-minute stroll down West Adams Street in the other direction brings you to the front steps of the Art Institute, next door to which are the artistic attractions of Millennium Park. In good weather, the walk north along Michigan Avenue (aka The Magnificent Mile after it crosses the Chicago River) is a pleasant diversion. Hotel staff are friendly and accommodating. An erroneous minibar charge was removed immediately from my bill at checkout and a charge for an un-made long-distance call, discovered only after I got home, was also promptly reversed after I advised the billing department.
The reason for the minibar charge involves my only criticism: the minibar fridge is so full of items that I had to shift things around to squeeze in a pint-sized bottle of orange juice which I'd purchased at a nearby Walgreen's (there's also a nearby Starbucks for those desiring a smaller, cheaper and [probably] quicker breakfast than the hotel dining room). The shifting made it appear that I'd scarfed down one of minibar's $12 can of nuts. Horrors!
I believe the hotel has a pool, but it was out of action during our two-day stay at the end of September. My lap-swimming spouse made do with morning visits to a nearby health club at Union Station. Unless the hotel pool is a plunge pool putting on airs, it would be another reason, for a swimmer, to stay at the Chicago JW Marrriott.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Encounter a landmark Millennium Park hotel and experience the renowned architecture of world-famous Daniel Burnham at this luxury hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Located at LaSalle & Adams, this Chicago, Illinois luxury hotel soars above skyscrapers in the heart of one of the world's most powerful financial districts. With a $396 million restoration, the historic JW luxury hotel in Chicago, IL exudes Burnham's refined style combined with 21st century sensibility, providing downtown Chicago with a one-of-a-kind authentic destination. Unwind in our luxury Chicago, IL hotel rooms or dine inside our world-class restaurant, The Florentine. As the epitome of refined elegance, the JW Marriott Chicago hotel provides stunning domed-ceiling ballrooms and meeting venues for corporate gatherings or extravagant weddings and social soirees. Discover Daniel Burnham's foundation of excellence at the JW Marriott Chicago, and experience a premier luxury hotel in Chicago. ... more less
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