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.
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Seriously. Bad at every turn. I can’t believe we have to stay here 5 nights. This has to be a joke. Checking in was miserable. Clerk never looked at us and gave no information about hotel. Room is furnished in stained plywood. AC doesn’t cool room. Room has horrible smell. No drawers. Sink in hallway. No amenities in room. Had to ask for towels since only 2 supplied. Can’t see in vanity mirror. Had to ask for plug in makeup mirror and it is no better. Cheapest crapiest I’ve ever seen. . Futon bed. Basement gym with limited equipment. Few outlets. No pictures on walls. Bathroom painted dark gray. Depressing room. Ceiling has writing on it like construction cues. I think supposed to be hip. It’s not. We have lived in Chicago and stayed at many great hotels here. This will never be one of them. It’s sad to think people visiting Chicago may get their impression here. This is not representative of how Chicago does hotels.
I enjoyed my stay! The valet offered the option of free street parking or paying the valet fees which was greatly appreciated! I love options! The food at the on site restaurant was great! The pet friendly way the dogs were treated in the hotel makes me want to take my pet next time! Friendly staff.
I stayed in a small room earlier this week and could not have been happier. The check-in process was super smooth and the staff was extremely friendly. The bedding and pillows, in particular, were so comfortable. The large, walk-in shower with a rain showerhead felt luxurious, as did the Rudy's bath products and Malin and Goetz moisturizer. While I didn't book a skyline view room, I had a stunning view of the Willis Tower and the whole city from the 5th floor. Cocktails and the view from the top floor bar were also dreamy. Everything was impeccably clean. I also really appreciated that the minibar items were reasonably priced and carefully selected.
I can't wait to stay here again next time I'm in Chicago!