I chose this hotel based almost solely on the location - directly across the street from the House of Blues where I was going to be attending an event. Taking the train into Chicago, I didn't want to have to walk too far late at night and the Westin was in the ideal location for my purposes. Turns out, the Westin River North is in a great location for just about everything. From Union Station, it's a $6 cab ride (taken because I didn't want to haul my luggage through Midtown). Otherwise, just about everything you need is easily within walking distance. Lots of great food options, entertainment venues/bars, and Michigan Avenue.
The hotel itself is very nice. There's a large, welcoming lobby as soon as you walk in (and you'll probably be greeted by some delightful doormen). The elevators even have an oddly pleasant aroma around them. The room was really nice - clean, spacious enough, and the bathroom was fantastic. While I did not find the bed to be as "heavenly" as advertised, it was easily 10x more comfortable than any other hotel bed I've found. The staff was friendly and helpful. My only real complaint was the fee-per-day in-room internet, which I find ridiculous at this point in time. I just grabbed my laptop and went to hang out in the lobby for a few minutes when needed, and used the free wifi there.
Overall, it was a great stay and I'd definitely consider it again if I was going to that part of Chicago again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Chicago River North allows guests a chance to experience relaxation and renewal while maintaining access to all of their favorite Chicago activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Westin Chicago River North Hotel Chicago
- Westin Chicago River North
- Chicago Westin