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W Chicago - Lakeshore

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Amazing location for a wedding reception!

  • Aug 18, 2010
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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.

Other perks:
-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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December 19, 2010
W Chicago - City Center was the first W Hotel I stayed in when I was in Chicago years ago. It's certainly hip and fun. I love the art deco and the mood generated by W Hotels. You are right about the spa products, they are certainly a great bonus! Wish more hotels would provide these little "essentials"! I love the location of the City Center though, I could walk everywhere!
December 20, 2010
Nice! I used to frequent the W City Center quite a bit for drinks with friends during my grad school days. Super swanky, and fun with a relaxed lounge environment. Cool that you've been there! I wish I had an endless supply of those spa products:)
November 29, 2010
$50 is the highest I have ever heard for parking. How much are local garages?
November 30, 2010
I know, it's quite high, but the hotel is right downtown. The local garages aren't all that much better. I don't know the exact rates for overnight parking, but it's probably around the same price.
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Quick Tip by . October 19, 2010
Great hotel all around, from the lobby bar/restaurant, to the the view of Lake Michigan, to the reception/conference area on the upper floors. However, I wouldn't recommend buying a bottle of wine at the lobby bar and taking it back up to your room :)
Quick Tip by . August 10, 2010
Love this hotel, much better than the W on Adams. There is a buzz all around this place. Sheraton got it right with W's, have a sense of style and humor, be a chain, but make the hotel feel like a boutique hotel. The only downside, the rooms are all small, but not cramped. Location is almost perfect. This hotel has cool written all over it.
Quick Tip by . August 03, 2010
Amazing hotel in prime location on Lakeshore Drive. Asian influenced in decoration throughout the lobby and hotel rooms. Home to the Bliss spa. Fantastic bathrooms stocked with Bliss products. Highly recommended!
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
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Contemporary and swanky hotel downtown Chicago and positioned right off of Lakeshore Drive. Better stay versus the W at Citycenter.
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W hotel located on Lakeshore drive along lake Michigan in downtown Chicago.
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Address: 1400 N Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60610-1674
Phone: (312) 981-4050

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