We stayed here over Easter weekend when they were having great room rate deals. For the price we paid, the hotel met our needs and was very clean and comfortable. Without that deal, however, I'm not sure we would have been as satisfied with what we were paying for. The rooms were a bit smaller than we expected them to be, but the beds were comfortable and the bathrooms were large. We were touring the city and found the location of the hotel to be perfect for those needs: steps from Michigan Ave., a reasonable walk to Navy Pier, close to many restaurants, easy access to the subway. Room service charges were quite hefty and there was no coffee pot in the room, but they do serve complimentary coffee in the lobby every morning so that wasn't too much of an issue. We didn't care about the view since we weren't planning to be in the room for most of the day, but if that is important, than requesting a room with a view would be necessary. It wasn't a "luxury" hotel, but more of a clean, minimalist business hotel that got the job done. Free wifi was very nice as it allowed us to log onto our computers to find nearby restaurants and places of interest quickly. Overall, the experience was pleasant, but I wonder if having to pay the full price would be worth it. I don't know how the rooms and service are in other "upscale" hotels in the same vicinity, but I must say I was expecting a bit more of a wow-factor after reading other Conrad Chicago reviews.
- 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