Located on the north end of Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, this Westin has been a fixture of the Gold Coast for some time. Fortunately, the hotel has been updated and renovated through the years to keep it fresh and appealing. Westin's standard Heavenly showers and beds are staff favorites, and how can any athletic-minded traveler not appreciate the hotel's commitment to keeping its guests active with its TRX System and Run Concierge?
Rooms at this downtown locale are smaller than average, but many have fantastic views of Lake Michigan or the Windy City's vibrant shopping district. High speed internet access is available for a fee and refrigerators are supplied in some guest quarters.
This property sports the Westin Workout facility, stocking new Life Fitness cardio machines and a useful range of dumbbells. While some natural light shines through the gym's windows, the 3rd floor city views are blocked by another highrise across the street. Those seeking more equipment and/or a lap pool should consider a trip to Equinox Fitness (across the street, $25) for a full-scale workout.
Lap swimmers are out of luck on property, but can pay $30/day and walk 1 block to Equinox Fitness. During Chicago's summer, consider taking an open water dip at Ohio Street Beach, within a 10-minute walk. Runners should definitely head out to the Lakefront path for an outdoor jaunt, weather permitting.