The appeal of the W Chicago Lakeshore is its location adjacent to Lake Michigan. No other hotel I saw in downtown Chicago had such close proximity to the lake for unobstructed views to the east.
The disadvantage of the W Lakeshore is its location is less convenient for transportation and activities aside from being near the Navy Pier with the Children’s Museum, rides, attractions, and restaurants.
The hotel is about four blocks east of Michigan Avenue in a mostly residential area of tower blocks.
The serene beauty of viewing the lake from a bedroom at the W Lakeshore is better than a lakeshore walk due to the eight lanes of traffic on North Lakeshore Drive bordering the bike and walk path alongside Lake Michigan. My room on the 23rd floor of the 33 floor hotel did not have any noticeable road noise.
The hotel bar Wave at the lobby was fairly packed with finely dressed gents and ladies. I did not fit in with my jeans attire. That didn’t inhibit me from redeeming my coupons for two free beers while I read a poorly written book with great hotel photos.
Whiskey Sky is the 33rd top floor hotel bar open in the evening, but there was nothing happening there on a Sunday night at 9pm.
The bar has primarily a south and west facing view.
In contrast, the large room Altitude also on the top floor of the W Lakeshore had a roaring party, however, this wonderful viewing space is only for private events.
I found daytime access and snapped a few photos from Altitude.
The Bliss Spa, WET pool and fitness room SWEAT are located on Floor 7.
There is a small lakeside outside deck by the indoor pool.
The W room had all the mod cons, but I wasn’t really inspired by the layout and design.
As a Cash & Points room I received good value for $60 and 4,000 points for a $350 or so room rate after tax.
The double beds made for a cramped space, but there were no lake view rooms with King beds available.
The usual nice Bliss bath amenities were present and I received one of the three pricey Fiji bottled waters in the room complimentary as a SPG Platinum elite.
The seating was adequate for one person, but not for two with only one cushion chair by the window and one desk chair.
The TV was large with some HDTV channels. Internet worked easily and was complimentary for me as SPG elite.
I liked the rooms and lobby better at the W Chicago City Center, but that location and hotel is a totally different Chicago experience.
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