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
The Ace Hotel Chicago is in a great location within walking distance to great restaurants. You can also easily walk along the river to the Lake. The bar at the hotel is spacious with great energy and very friendly staff. Rooms are simple yet very comfortable. Will definitely stay there again.
My husband and I recently stayed at the Ace Chicago for three nights. Arriving on a Friday evening, I immediately saw how trendy it is, with people local to Chicago and those traveling from elsewhere having a great time in the lobby, at the bar, or at the Waydown bar. Its location in West Loop is superb; we were close to amazing restaurants! I used the gym all three mornings and it was tidy and had the right equipment for a comprehensive workout. We slept very well in the cozy bed and noise was never an issue. Would recommend this hotel to anyone in Chicago and will stay here again next time.
I very much appreciated the helpful and friendly staff. One particularly nice front-desk person had spent several years with a bigger hotel chain, and he said he was a lot happier with the Ace Hotel, which showed.
Loved being right in the middle of everything in the West Loop. The lobby/bar/restaurant is full of people having fun. Enjoyed the outdoor area with great food and drinks. The staff is friendly and helpful. Rooms are clean and modern which I like. Soundproof rooms with good curtains which allows for sleeping in late! If you are a dog lover this is your place- dogs are in lobby and given treat. Can walk to everything in West Loop. Will definitely be back!
We weren’t able to get out of town for my girlfriends birthday so we booked a room at the ace hotel. We live in Logan Square and took a 15 minute Uber over to the hotel for 3pm check in. The staff was super friendly and the hotel lobby has a clean and modern aesthetic.
There is a stumptown coffee shop on the main floor alongside the city mouse restaurant (which also provides the hotels room service). There was a breakfast in bed order form in our room that we were able to fill out and hang on our door before going to sleep to convienetly submit our breakfast order in advance. I had the gas station sandwich and my girlfriend ordered avocado toast; we were both extremely satisfied. We also got the stumptown drip coffee for two and it was delivered piping hot in a thermos with almond milk and sugar in the raw packets.
We stayed in a small north facing room with a king size bed and it was perfect. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom had a large stand alone open shower, the space was clean and had a great minibar and snack selections, there were numerous lamps around the room to create the perfect ambience lighting, there was a smart tv with chromecast and a radio/Bluetooth speaker and the thermostat was easy to use and effective.
Staying at the ace was the perfect home base for our night of celebrating because after checking in and getting ready for our evening out we walked over to the aviary for cocktails and then onto duck duck goat for dinner. After dinner it was a quick walk back to the hotel to freshen up (we had mentioned at check in that it was my gfs bday and there was a piece of cake waiting for us in our room) and head upstairs to the top floor bar of the ace hotel: the waydown for a nightcap. The space is roomy and dimly lit with plenty of seating. There is also an outdoor deck overlooking fulton market and showcasing views of the Chicago skyline.
After our experience at the ace hotel Chicago we look forward to staying at ace hotels in other cities when travelling. Overall 10/10.