While this 556 room property located on Chicago's lakefront is convenient to Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue, keep in mind that busy Lake Shore Drive still separates the hotel from Lake Michigan. W hotels typically boast hip and stylish public areas and upscale, chi-chi restaurants and bars. This Chicago representative does not disappoint with its leather couches, soft lighting, techno music and Zen fountain. It also hosts a 9,500 square foot Bliss spa. For some it can give you a headache...
In terms of the accommodations, the 520 square foot standard rooms will seem larger if you spring for lake views. The modern and cool décor means plentiful variations of color with trendy accents. The bath area (with Bliss custom bath products) is separated by oak shutters, so you can open up the entire space if you choose. Pillow-top mattresses, down comforters, CD players, high-speed internet access (fee), and terry spa robes are other in-room amenities.
Since Chicago winters are brutal, having an onsite workout option, even one that is less than perfect, is still an athletic-minded perk. W's FIT Gym, located on the 7th floor, offers a number of Life Fitness and Technogym equipment. The attached TV monitors are a nice distraction and there are 5 upper body and 2 lower body stack-loaded weight machines along with a bench and dumbbells up to 50 lbs for strength work. Many guests will want more and there is an option. If that's not enough, guests of the W are afforded free access to Equinox's Loop location (2 miles away).
Despite the W's website's mentioning lap swimming, this indoor water box is a midget (40 feet long) and is without lines (see photo). If you are here during the warm weather, swimmers should head over to Ohio Street beach where there is a marked off area for freestyle swimming. We highly recommend it! For those swimmers wanting a traditional indoor pool, head to East Bank Club -- but know there are often "restrictions" to entry. Also check our other Work Out options for swim venues.
Runners should definitely consider an outdoor jaunt along the lakefront--see our maps for distance.