Ace Hotel Chicago
What We Love
- The old-school photobooth, perfect for commemorating your visit
- The hooded bathrobes made of sweatshirt material—ideal for a Chicago winter
- Late-night snacking from the minibar, well-stocked with locally made charcuterie, Veruca Chocolates, and even gin from Chicago’s Koval distillery
What To Know
- Music at the rooftop bar can get loud in the evenings
- Request a skyline room for fabulous views
- Locals come to work in the lobby lounge; pull up a chair at a communal table and join them
- Free WiFi
A fantastic addition to the Chicago hotel scene, the Ace has set itself up in the chic West Loop neighborhood, where guests can look out the windows and see Google’s Midwest headquarters along with some of the city’s most raved-about bars. Ace Hotels has built a well-deserved rep for the coolest rooms around, with guest rooms that feel more like your hippest friend’s apartment than what might be expected of a chain hotel. The Chicago property is no exception, leaning heavily on the modernist look the city is known for: think wooden desks, a touch of Formica, rough-hewn ceilings, Bluetooth speakers, Rudy toiletries and Pearl+ soap, and leather touches by long-standing local company Horween. Some rooms even have turntables and a heap of vinyl records, while others feature acoustic Martin guitars. There’s an abundance of public spaces here, too, from a popular rooftop bar to the lobby lounge to a fifth-floor terrace with outdoor seating and its own sculpture garden. The local touches extend to the art collection. (It should be noted that the pieces in guest rooms were done by students at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, who were all paid for their work.)
In the Area
The Ace has a snug spot in the West Loop neighborhood, which has more than its fair share of dining and drinking options. The fabulous Aviary bar is conveniently located just around the corner—stop in for theatrical drinks cooled by ice balloons (popped by a server) and served in glassware you’ll want to steal. CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar, a little further on, is another must-visit for cocktail lovers. Glorified diner Au Cheval, with its dimly lit leather booths, dressed-up comfort food (eggs come with potato hash and duck heart gravy), and draft root beer, is ideal for soaking up the booze. Bonus: the Morgan Station subway stop is just two minutes’ walk from the hotel.
How to Get There
Room is simple but visually interesting. Design magazines are tucked into a pocket in the wooden baseboard of the wall. There is a framed drawing by an art institute student in each room, made on hotel stationery. A guitar (real, working) hung on the wall next to the tv.
The City Mouse restaurant had tasty options for breakfast, although pricey. Make sure to walk around the area as well - it's a neighborhood in transition. You can't go more than a block without seeing a fascinating mural on the wall of an abandoned factory, old warehouse, or distribution center.
Stayed at the ACE Chicago around Thanksgiving for a reunion that was in the same area, and we couldn't have been happier with the experience! We were able to check in with no issues whatsoever. The room was beyond comfortable, with roomy shower and lots of counter-space for toiletries. Valet was a breeze, and the front desk had lots of great suggestions for breakfast/ brunch the morning after, too. Start to finish, 5 stars!
After the reunion, we kept the good times going at the roof top Way Down Bar- always a great place to hang out and catch up with old friends (and new!). I cant express enough gratitude to these ladies and gents for making the night as smooth as possible! Can't wait to stay at the ACE Chicago again very soon!!
Entered my room to encounter one of the best chocolate chip cookies in Chicago, still warm and gooey, sitting next to a can of local craft beer, waiting patiently to be consumed. Entire room had a city-hygge feel (if you will) -- spacious, immaculate, and artistically decorated, furnished with all the necessities + the boutique frills (including a record player and impressive collection of vinyls). Hotel had an excellent restaurant, second-wave coffee shop, and rooftop bar in house, but also provided spot-on recommendation lists for exploring Chicago. Friendly staff members were conversational, helpful, and attentive for the duration of my stay. Will certainly use ACE again for future Chicago trips. My highest recommendation!
We stayed at the Ace Hotel in Chicago for five nights in July 2018. Everything about the stay was extremely pleasant. We were on the fourth floor in a very spacious room (with a huge bed!) with a great view of the skyline. Reception was friendly and helpful, as were all the staff. And we had great breakfasts on the terrace of the City Mouse café.
Just one remark – why is it necessary to cool the corridors down to arctic temperatures?
What a great hotel, in a really interesting neighbourhood (West Loop).
My husband and I decided to spend our 24th wedding anniversary in Chicago's West Loop, so we splurged for the smallest room at this upscale hotel. Upon checking in, we were not only given an early check-in, but upgraded to a Loft room which was mind-blowingly huge and awesome. Loved the trendy but comfortable furnishings, turntable and LPs for an impromptu dance party, and the Martin guitar (hubby has been playing for most of his life). The staff sent up complimentary champagne and fresh baked cookies as well.
The neighborhood is perfect for walking from place to place for food and drink (it's a foodie paradise, honestly), but we also enjoyed the on premises City Mouse restaurant and Waydown rooftop bar. Kudos to the bartenders, who not only knew what a Boulivardier was, but made me two of the most delicious ones I've ever had.
I don't think you could ask for a more special and unique hotel, with the friendliest staff in all of Chicago. They made a much anticipated getaway even better than we ever thought it could be. We will definitely return to the Ace Hotel!