Omni Chicago sprouts into the Gold Coast skyline in a perfect location just steps to Michigan Avenue shops, a Whole Foods, a Trader Joes, and the Lakefront. Accommodations are impressively large with separate sitting and sleeping areas. Moderate room rates will keep your budget in check. And the hotel also offers an appealing restaurant and bar on the 4th floor. We enjoyed a tasty and reasonably priced breakfast here before checking out. Additionally, for those who like to get their heart rate pumping in private, "fitness kits" are available at the front desk.
The hotel's gym is good, but it could be better. Immediately after exiting the elevators at the 5th floor on our way to the sweat center, we were hit with a wall of chlorine odor. It's not just the gym, but the entire 5th floor smells of chlorine. The small indoor pool is the obvious cause and the ventilation is not doing its job.
After a while, we became used to the chlorine odor, but that might not be a good thing. Omni did a wonderful job designing their gym by putting down faux hardwood floors and keeping the atmosphere light and bright. The machines are also good quality except a recumbent cycle is noticeably absent. The treads have plasma screens attached and headphones/water are provided.
Lap swimmers will have to look elsewhere as Omni's 12-yard water box is too short for any meaningful yardage.