There aren't very many Conrad hotels in the USA and that is honestly a shame as they are very valid competition to the other high end hotels of other chains (i.e. JW Marriott, Westin, etc.).
This particular hotel is a very fine business hotel. I was upgraded to a Jr. Suite, which is basically one large room in a sort of L shape. By big city standards my room was huge, complete with a Bose 321 DVD system and high def TV WITH HD programming.
The bathroom was also a highlight as it was huge and had a large walk in shower in addition to a big tub.
The Conrad Chicago has a very unique service (no additoinal charge) as they present you with a "pillow menu". I choose several different pillows (relaxation, clod and flu and magnetic) and they were cool. The magnetic probably the worst of the lot but the relaxation was wonderful.
Their location is terrific. It is one block off Michigan Ave and on Rush very near to Ontario. It is connected to a mall (by big city standards). You can easily walk to the Loop. There are a ton of restaurants within walking distance as well.
The valet parking is a rip off though as it is $51/night. There are cheaper parking alternatives in the neighborhood. Thankfully I work for a company that is OK with that sort of parking expense so it was more convenient to park at the hotel.
They have a little outdoor bistro type restaurant on the fifth floor. It is in a great setting and the food is terrific. I would highly recommend it.
- 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