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
First stay in Chicago visiting from the UK so booked the AC without knowing too much about the hotel or location.
However, we must of lucked out as location is superb and the hotel really was great.
There’s a gym and pool available and the front desk especially Eric where super friendly and helpful.
The room itself was big and roomy compared to places we had stayed at in NY at a similar price point.
I recommend this hotel and already looking to book another stay
I spent one night at this property traveling on business. Although it's located directly next to some very busy railroad tracks, I never heard them from the room. We were greeted promptly upon arrival with valet service (the only option if you brought a vehicle). They stored my car in their underground garage. The front desk staff was prompt and courteous. The room itself was a bit different than most I've stayed in, with a bed that was curiously low to the ground, along with a record player and records. The bathroom was nicer than I had expected as well. For breakfast, their was an attached coffee shop, plus several local options. The open-air "rooftop" bar at mid-level provided some nice views of the city. The only hiccup that occurred was when I accidentally reversed my Do Not Disturb sign, prompting some preemptive maid service. Other than that, would most likely stay again if in the area on business.
I booked this hotel because it was close to the reception for the wedding we were attending in Chicago. Honestly, we are usually Four Seasons, Westin, Hotel Indigo type folks. This hotel was outside our box, but a great experience. Front desk staff was helpful and the room was spacious and clean. Different from what i am accustomed to in a hotel room, but in a good way. Room was quiet and we had a great night. Good view of downtown Chiciago. A wonderful bonus is the rooftop bar. if you come in from the street you have to get past the bouncer and the velvet ropes to get to the roof. Based on the crowd, i would not have made the cut :). However, If you are a hotel guest, you elevator goes to the roof, no bouncer, no velvet ropes, just walk right in. Wonderful view of downtown Chicago drinks and people watching. My perception of the target market for this hotel is 20+ years younger than me, but we had a great stay. Staff was very accommodating. Breakfast at the casual restaurant the next morning was great.
i would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again. We are going to Palm Springs in December and i look forward to staying at the Ace Hotel property there. Again, this is not a place i would normally consider, but i am glad that i stepped "outside the box" and tried it.
Only stayed one night but had a great experience. At check in was happily greeted and offered an upgrade to a larger room. Very nice room and so quiet and comfortable. Loved the turntable in the room and the albums. Lots of outlets and super fast wifi. Fitness center is excellent too. Basement w lots of equipment and space. Coffee shop next door is first rate but not connected to hotel. Had meetings at Google which is right across the street. Every person at this hotel was very helpful and seemed to love their work. Will stay again.
Super pleasant stay, lots of little clever industrial details throughout the room/hotel. There was a (tuned) guitar and book of poems in my room! Very clean and comfortable. Great friendly staff & service. Would definitely stay there again.