Posted by Ric Garrido

Last month I passed by the JW Marriott Chicago, across the street from Starwood’s W City Center Hotel. The lobby was busy with workers adding the finishing details to the $396 million dollar renovation of the Continental and Commercial National Bank Building.  The Burnham building is a piece of Chicago history. Daniel H. Burnham, raised in Chicago, was America’s preeminent architect at the turn of the century and his architectural firm was the largest in the world at the time of his death in 1912. Other notable Burnham buildings are Union Station Washington D.C. and the Flatiron Building in New York City.

The hotel opened three weeks ago with 610 guestrooms on the lower 12 floors of the building. TimeOut Chicago has a 21 photo slideshow of the new hotel interior.

Dom Perignon Champagne & Andy Warhol-inspired snacks

Wednesday, December 1 from 4-9 pm there will be an event in the JW Marriott Lounge hosted by Dom Perignon to release a new limited edition collection of Warhol-inspired DP champagne bottles with a 2002 vintage. The bottles come in six colors and Warhol inspired appetizers will accompany the specially priced champagne.

Sounds like an interesting event if you have the time and inclination to check out the new JW Marriott Chicago hotel.

Room rates currently run at $239 per night for this weekend Dec 3-5, 2010.

3 Responses

  1. Your champagne entry reminds me of a question i wanted to ask: what are your favorite hotel bars (and why)? I’m thinking of bars I would want to visit for the view (SF Marriott top floor) or touristic cheesiness (Tonga Room) or whatever.

  2. San Francisco Marriott Marquis is one of the very few hotel bars I have visited simply to take in the view. I just can’t pay $8 for a glass of beer on a regular basis.

    In San Francisco the Grand Hyatt has incredible views from the bar (36th floor?).

    Consistently cool hotel bars are typically at Kimpton Hotels.

    Aloft Hotels have a nice bar atmosphere, especially when live music is happening.

    Personally, I am much more inclined to buy a six-pack of European lager and sit outside by the water with other street people type.

  3. Thanks. I’ll check out the Grand Hyatt next time Im in SF.

    Another good one for a view is the Marriott on Times Square, with its rotating bar.

    Agree that the bars can be way overpriced but, oh, those views!

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