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Chicago, IL - JW Marriott Chicago

Review by Mike Keenan

JW Marriott Chicago Hotel

Welcome To The JW Marriott Chicago Hotel

Our Room

Amenities:  The spacious room was nicely appointed with cream colours on walls and drapes, contrasted nicely with dark, rich wood cabinets. The bed was comfy.

Bathroom: The vast array of marble in the enormous lobby worked its way throughout the hotel and into our bathroom covering the floor and wall, contrasted nicely with a huge, long lit mirror that filled an entire wall.

Decor: see bathroom

Balcony: No

Hotel Features & History: We stayed for five days while I attended a conference. This is a huge hotel that seems to occupy an entire city block in the financial district. Ornate lobby, photo by Mike Keenan

Originally an historic landmark, the Daniel Burnham-designed Continental & Commercial National Bank building, this hotel opened in 2010, after $275 million spent in restoration, blending Burnham's architectural style with elegant, modern surroundings.

The property features 610 oversized guestrooms including 29 luxurious suites, 44,000 square feet of meeting and event space with 36 breakout rooms, an 8,000 square foot Grand Ballroom and 6,000 square foot Burnham Ballroom. With large meeting rooms, it is a magnet for conferences and upon our arrival, Amnesty International was gathered there.

Hotel Activities: 

Spa: There is a spa and fitness center with cardiovascular equipment, free weights, a swimming pool and a whirlpool. Again, we did not use.

Luxury Hotels - JW Marriott - Chicago (IL)

JW Marriott Chicago

Spacious marble lobby, photo by Mike Keenan Dining  

Supper: The Florentine is a modern Italian, fine dining restaurant which we did not use. The menu features seasonal Italian cuisine from Executive Chef Zachary Walrath and includes an extensive antipasti selection, handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas and other seasonal dishes.

Lunch & Drinks: The Lobby lounge offered casual dining, and a few evenings we sat by the fireplace sipping $6 beer. The Lobby lounge at the JW Marriott Chicago offers a more casual experience, catering to hotel guests as well as financial district business clientele. Enjoy a selection of $5 appetizers and cocktails Monday - Friday from 5-7 pm.

Service: The staff was quite pleasant, our doorman welcoming us back each night.

Hotel elegance, photo by Mike Keenan Nearby Attractions: The location is terrific, inside Chicago's Loop near State Street and Millennium Park. We walked to both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Art Institute located across the street as well as to several restaurants. (I recommend the Chicago City Pass for attractions.)

Room Cost:  There is Internet provided free only in the lobby, but otherwise it costs $14.95 in one's room, an annoyance given the $239 per diem and the daily parking fee of $60 which is completely obscene.

Room Tip or Suggestion: We stayed 5 nights. Instead of paying a ridiculous sum of $300 for a car that we did not intend to use, we parked at Midway Airport at $10 per diem, took the Orange Line from the airport at $2.25, getting off at Quincy station, steps away from the hotel. Net savings: $241 once you subtract $9 for CTA tickets. And returning to the airport, the CTA is much faster than a taxi which will cost about $25.

Address & Contact: 151 West Adams Street, Chicago 60603, Ph. 312-660-8200

Hotel Website:  http://www.jwmarriottchicago.com

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Hotel front on W. Adams, photo by Mike Keenan

Hotel front on W. Adams, photo by Mike Keenan

Mike Keenan is a travel columnist for Troy Media. He produces a travel podcast - http://whattravelwriterssay.libsyn.com/ accessible on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and has been published in every major newspaper across Canada including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Toronto Sun. He has been published in National Geographic Traveler, Buffalo Spree, Stitches, West of the City, Seniors Review and Hamilton-Burlington's View Magazine. With hundreds of reviews, photos and helpful votes, he has earned Trip Advisor's "Top Contributor Badge" and is considered an "Expert" in both Hotels and Restaurant reviews. Mike posts photos to Pinterest where he has a following of five thousand viewers.

Hotel front, photo by Mike Keenan

Hotel front, 151 West Adams Street, photo by Mike Keenan

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Historic Plaque, photo by Mike Keenan JW Marriott Chicago Hotel
This landmark luxury hotel is located in the heart of the financial district. Occupying the first 12 floors of the Daniel Burnham designed Continental and Commercial Bank Building, the JW Marriott Chicago has become the City's premier business and leisure travel destination.
The New York Times says: "Luxurious and majestic in the financial district, with a lobby that is a destination in itself. Marriott is not necessarily the first name that comes to mind when you think of a luxury hotel, but the company's high-end line, JW Marriott, now has an indisputably opulent outpost in Chicago. The hotel, housed in a solid and stately 1914 neo-Classical structure designed by Daniel H. Burnham, formerly the Continental & Commercial National Bank, opened last November after a $396 million renovation. Today, sweeping staircases that lead to second-floor ballrooms and the Florentine, an Italian restaurant, act as bookends to a giant that is all marble and warm colors."
CVent says: " The luxurious JW Marriott Hotel Chicago accommodates small to large-scale meetings and conferences with 44,000 square feet of meeting space. Two ballrooms - the 8,000-sq-ft Grand Ballroom and the 6,000-sq-ft Burnham Ballroom - provide state-of-the art venues for your most eminent events. An additional 36 meeting rooms are available for smaller, more intimate events and breakout sessions. Of course all of our meeting space is complemented by wireless high-speed Internet access and videoconferencing capabilities, top-notch audiovisual technology and an expert staff that understands your priorities. We are also proud to offer Green Meeting Packages to help minimize the impact on our environment. Whether your group occupies one meeting room or the entire hotel, count on our meeting professionals to zero in on your event with a dedicated focus - providing you with an unprecedented attention to detail and the comfort level you deserve. Blending the features of a premier conference and meeting facility with timeless elegance, premier downtown location, thoughtful amenities and award-winning service, this 5-star luxury hotel is an appealing choice for meeting planners."

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