Check Out 8 of the Most Unique Hotels in Downtown Chicago
Sometimes a cookie-cut experience just isn't what you want. These fresh, original takes on hospitality will have you looking for excuses to make the trip.
Found on Rush Street near many popular shopping and dining venues, The Gwen is a top-notch hotel just two blocks from the Chicago River. This boutique hotel is pet-friendly and delivers free WiFi, a fitness center, and a prime downtown location. The Rooftop Terrace Restaurant and Bar supplies ample shading with umbrellas for day use and tasteful lighting for night-time dining. The terrace floor is decorated with beautiful green garden plants. With small round tables and low chairs, the hotel's Lobby Lounge is praised for its glamorous interior reminiscent of decades past. Its gorgeous layout and ambiance is ideal for relaxation and conversation. The helpful front desk will gladly call a taxi and help with bags.
Detailed interior design is found in every corner of this fantastic boutique hotel. The well-designed lobby embodies a modern theme and contains interesting and unique wall art throughout, including lovely panels featuring images carved in stone. The suites are complete with large soak tubs and walk-in showers. Terrace suites take advantage of a balcony view of the Magnificent Mile. In addition to the amazing views, chic décor, and spectacular customer service, The Gwen provides a very well-stocked and nicely-organized gym, complete with kettlebells, free weights and cardio machines. With a detailed and vibrant approach to hospitality, The Gwen is an extraordinary venue and an obvious choice for your next Chicago visit.
Hotel Palomar Chicago
Located on East Illinois Street just three blocks from the Museum of Broadcast Communications and the House of Blues, Hotel Palomar is a Kimpton hotel with a great city view, awesome meeting and celebration rooms, and a stylish bar. Providing free WiFi, this locale boasts a modern design and sleek interiors. With an indoor pool and hot tub, spa, and fitness center, the Palomar shows is customer service commitment by honoring birthdays and wedding anniversaries with handwritten notes and gifts. Its restaurant, Sable Kitchen and Bar, serves earthy selections from roasted pumpkin gnocchi to brick oven flat breads. Close to the train, shopping, entertainment, the Palomar welcomes guests with a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates upon arrival. Complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are available in the lobby all day. The Palomar presents guests with generous seating in the lobby and has complimentary tea, coffee, and hot chocolate available for the guests' enjoyment all day long. Accommodating to families with young children and top-notch in service and sophistication, the Hotel Palomar is a great pick for a weekend family holiday.
The W Chicago - City Center
The W Chicago in City Center furnishes unique rooms throughout and offers a wonderful view and ideal location. Just a block from Willis Tower and Skydeck Chicago, the hotel provides paid WiFi and paid parking, a business center, laundry service, as well as a gym and spa. Rooms propose a cultured flavor, some with pop art on walls and furniture with a retro feel. Other rooms present mostly creamy colors with bright splashes of color in eye-catching places. While some rooms are simple and chic, others are quirky and original. The "Extreme WOW" suite contains a wall-hugging, curving couch with a large circular ottoman and contrasting pillows in purple, gold, and brown. Another area of the suite provides a tall circular table surrounded by tall chairs and a modern, bulb-design chandelier coming from the ceiling to the middle of the table. The Plateau Bar, with gorgeous arched ceilings ornately decorated in bronze embellishments, is flanked by a very cool and stylized lobby. Amid all the bombastic flash of its lovely interior, The W hasn't forgotten to include a nice gym with cardio machines, free weights, and other gym equipment. With its wonderfully lit façade, this distinct Chicago venue will sweep you off your feet with an extravagant and cozy stay.
The James Hotel
Spotlessly clean and well-maintained, The James exceeds expectations. With room amenities that contain up-scale subtleties including strong water pressure and large, fluffy towels, the hotel even supplies guests with luxurious Intelligent Nutrients shampoo and conditioner rather than the ordinary offerings. The tastefully-decorated single and double guestrooms welcome travelers with crisp linens and natural light coming from the large windows. A work/dining niche delivers a private and convenient space for work or a cozy spot for a romantic in-room dinner. Laundry service is available, as are a spa and fitness center. The private media room loft entertains guests with comfortable and cozy seating. The penthouse is complete with lovely white cushions, modern furniture, and elegant styling. Unlike others, this pet-friendly hotel charges per stay for your furry friend, rather than per night. The lobby provides hot coffee and tea in the morning and hot apple cider in the afternoon. The hotel is also situated across the street from Trader Joe’s, a fortuity that offers guests the chance to grab their own snacks or lunch offerings for a tour of the city or a picnic on the banks of Lake Michigan. David Burke’s Primehouse at the hotel serves gourmet cheesecake lollipops and a foie gras appetizer and features a lovely interior complete with a wall of wine. With a prime location and a sincerely nice staff, The James should be top of you list of hotels for your next trip to the Windy City.
Hotel Monaco Chicago
Hotel Monaco is a well-known boutique hotel and a favorite of the Kimpton's chain. Greeting guests with royal blue lettering above its entrance, the hotel is full of stylized décor. Animal print robes lend a unique finish to this venue, which offers themed rooms and complimentary bikes to tour the city. The Mediterranean Suite boasts large windows with cushioned seats for comfortable viewing of the city below. Higher rooms offer a quieter stay, but every room has a distinct flair and plenty of outlets for all electronics. Unique headboards and lovely color choices remind guests that though Hotel Monaco is part of a chain, it is anything but an ordinary cookie-cut hotel. Guests are provided free WiFi, laundry service, and a fitness center, as well as a great view of Marina City. In typical Hotel Monaco tradition, this Chicago location offers pet goldfish to guests with children to keep for the duration of their stay. The well-equipped wellness center is complete with medicine balls, treadmills, free weights, yoga mats, and a weights bench. Just a short walk from Millenium Park and delivering a great view of the river, Hotel Monaco also celebrates a gorgeous restaurant. Headed by chef Roger Waysok, South Water Kitchen is full of ornate chair backs and distinct flavors from starters to dessert items.
From its hip front desk and alluring façade to its lovely interior, Hotel Lincoln is praised for having some of the best art and interior design in the city. Just next door to Divvy Bike Station, the hotel contains its own coffee shop, Elaine's Coffee Call. Elaine's brews great coffee and serves a variety of breakfast sandwiches. Also attached to the hotel is Perrennial Virant, the onsite restaurant run by Paul Virant. JParker, the amazing rooftop restaurant on the hotel's thirteenth floor, lends a great view of the city. With free WiFi, laundry service, and a fitness center that is open 24 hours, this vibrant hotel provides guests with enough to do within its doors that they can experience Chicago without even leaving the premises. Each room contains vibrant colors, interesting art, and eclectic décor with great views of Lincoln park and lake Michigan. Known to give room upgrades to guests celebrating special occasions, Hotel Lincoln is sure to make your next stay in Chicago as unique as ever.
The Silversmith Hotel
Located on Jeweler’s row, the historic Silversmith Hotel is decorated with a fitting silver motif throughout. Its twelve-foot ceilings and spacious feel, along with its proximity to the Lyric Opera, the Art Institute, and Symphony Hall, the Silversmith is complete with free WiFi and an art deco interior to match the building's history. Its unique background is acknowledged and celebrated through its tastefully curated interior design. The Adamus Bar and Library provide creative cuisine in a space with lovely flooring and design that includes glossy leather seating surrounding small tables. The library's luxurious seating area is stocked with books, pillows, and plush cushions. The hotel's fitness center is equipped with multiple treadmills, cardio machines, and Swiss balls. The Grand Lobby follows the same chic design found throughout the rest of the hotel. Art is not neglected in any part of this venue, nor are service and hospitality. If you're looking for a special experience packed with history in one of downtown Chicago's best locations, the Silversmith Hotel is your pick.
Ivy Boutique Hotel
An excellent location that sets itself apart with a rain shower, plush décor, and an incredible rooftop terrace, the Ivy Boutique Hotel delivers a great nightlife energy as well as a trendy daytime atmosphere. In close proximity to Michigan Avenue, this distinctive hotel provides a doorman who assists with bags and calls cabs, large soaker tubs, additional living areas in suites, and impressive meeting/event rooms with tall ceilings. The Sky Terrace is beautifully designed with greenery, amazing views, and comfortable seating with umbrellas for shade. When open, the terrace serves flavorful cocktails and food options that include flat breads and short rib sliders. Since the rooftop terrace bar is only open seasonally, it's a good idea make sure you're aware of its status while booking a room so you can plan to enjoy the terrace as part of your stay. With impressive offerings within its doors as well as proximity to some of Chicago's best attractions, the Ivy is committed to service and provides of a lovely view of downtown Chicago; it's sure not to disappoint.
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