This November, I was half way around the world in Chicago for a 10-day stay which included the Thanksgiving holiday. Yes, I did have the Thanksgiving dinner at the hotel restaurant -- a tasty four-course meal although I do not share the American predilection for pumpkin!
This is one of my favourite places to stay in Chicago which is an architecturally beautiful city and is best enjoyed walking Its street are broad, and the buildings not too tall. This combination makes the streets bright and airy which is so much better for walking. The Conrad is in the middle of all this. Theatre, shopping and great places to eat are within walking distance. The river, if you want a boat ride, is about 150 metres away.
The Shops at North Bridge are connected to the hotel and offer a variety of shops including Nordstrom, restaurants, and some interesting luxuries if you (men) want to pamper yourself -- a shave of a haircut at The Art of Shaving.
Sadly most hotels in the US have done away with stacking your mini bar and some have removed them completely, but the Conrad has the option of ordering goodies to fill the mini bar / room fridge. Depending on your room or Hilton Honors status you could get a fresh coffee maker placed in the room.
The staff are friendly and accommodating. The restaurants are good, and for the thirsty traveller there is complementary coffee and tea in the lobby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally situated in the heart of the Windy City, The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago is rooted in the history and heritage of the city's Magnificent Mile, paying homage to the 1930s in both its architecture and ethos. The newest member of Starwood Hotels and Resorts' prestigious group of Luxury Collection Hotels is an artistic icon that exudes timeless style and elegance. Housed within the landmark McGraw-Hill Building, The Gwen features an Art Deco aesthetic amplified by a sculptural façade, famously created by artist Gwen Lux in 1928. The idea of a female artisan making her mark in a predominantly male design city depicts an exciting atmosphere of change. The building has been home to many stories in its illustrious past, and today The Gwen provides the ideal canvas for guests to create their own distinct memories. This 300-room hotel includes 199 King accommodations with separate soaking tubs and showers, 54 Double/Double accommodations, as well as 34 luxurious suites, including some featuring beautiful terraces overlooking Michigan Avenue. The inventory, which averages 380 square feet per guest room, includes rooms that are ADA-accessible. Guests of The Gwen can enjoy the use of plush bathrobes and slippers to make their stay more comfortable, as well as complimentary in-room basic Internet access (wired and wireless), a 42-inch flat screen television with HD stations, a surround sound system, a Keurig brewing system, and an in-room safe. Offering the best of Chicago from right outside its doors, The Gwen is located on the Magnificent Mile, minutes away from premier shopping, world-class dining, and exciting cultural and entertainment hotspots, such as Navy Pier and Millennium Park. Connected to The Shops at North Bridge, The Gwen provides guests with enclosed access to upscale retailers, such as Nordstrom Michigan Avenue, and Stuart Weitzman. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Conrad Chicago Hotel Chicago
- Chicago Conrad