I was recently at a friends wedding in Chicago and the reception was held at the W Lakeshore. Those who have been here before know that this is a swanky, Asian design influenced hotel with incredible views of Lake Michigan. Far surpassing the W in City Center, the Lakeshore location has panoramic views of the city and lake from the top floor (also where the reception was held). This gorgeous room hosts a dance floor in its center and tables are sprinkled along the outer edge of the circular room creating the perfect elegant dining and dance party atmosphere.
In addition, the rooms, though fairly small, were comfortable and cozy. With a late check in on a Friday (and a very full hotel) my room view was not of the lake and entirely unimpressive. The bathrooms however, gave the room a unique, spa-like quality, complete with a pedestal sink and slate tiles. Home to the Bliss spa, each room conveniently provided Bliss spa products (shampoo, conditioner, soaps, and face wash). As a Bliss product fan, I really enjoyed the free product and it made getting ready all the more pampering.
-iPod docks in the bedroom made for great music before the wedding and post reception.
-There’s a nice bar downstairs right next to where you check in. This was a convenient location for wedding guests to meet after the rehearsal dinner and post reception.
-There are a number of great restaurants in close proximity to the W Lakeshore including the Coco Pazzo Café where I dined with friends on Friday night. Highly recommended – try the bruschetta!
-If you drive, which I did, be prepared to pay $50 per night for valet parking. Though the charge is steep, it may be better than trying to find street parking, which may require a parking permit.
Overall: A swanky place for a wedding reception and a fun place to stay for a weekend getaway. The W Lakeshore provides that hip, young vibe that makes for a fun stay for a young couple or with a group of friends.
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