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 staff can't do enough for you not mad about breakfast cafe. Cozy bar hotel close to everything went to the Chicago blues bar rustic but great music.mini bar in the room with snacks all at a price good value.ill stay there again try unos pizzeria beside the hotel it's the type of city you go once you'll end up missing it great people.
The modern, minimalist style of the Ace Chicago sets it apart as one of the most beautiful hotels I've ever visited. But the experience is one of pure comfort — from the warm greeting at the front desk, to the fleece bathrobes in every closet, to the scrumptious offerings from City Mouse, the in-house restaurant. I've loved every stay! (If you go, don't forget to grab coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters in the lobby on your way out the door.)
This trip to Chicago, we had to stay one night at the London House and one night at The Ace Hotel. They could not have been more different. The Ace Hotel has a stylish modern lobby and patio and Stumptown coffee cafe. But once you get in the guest room, it is spartan in the Brutalism style. We are talking concrete and army style beds that look more like cots. Plywood woodwork is accented by a frameless mirror and a peg board closet door. The tv is hung on a series of chrome bars. I know this is a look but for the cost of a room here, a bit more luxury is expected. Perhaps if you were paying hostel prices but not my at this price. The London house is a modernized historic land mark and is less expensive than the Ace Hotel by far. For my money, I would sacrifice the hipster vibe for a more luxury at a better price.
Flew to Chicago for a few days to visit my family for Chinese New Year. Wanted to book a hotel for a night to have some time to myself. I'm a native to the city so I'm already hip to what the cool parts of town are; choosing a spot was just a matter of pricing and availability. The Ace is located in West Loop, more specifically in the Fulton Market neighborhood. Conveniently enough, it's a mere mile from Downtown.
I booked a large room because I wanted to be able to host a few friends coming through to hang out for the night. The decor is lovely and really adds to the comfort factor of the hotel. An hour after I checked in, they sent me a bottle of sparkling water and a cookie just as a courtesy - I was instantly taken.
Fulton Market also happens to be in walking distance from some of Chicago's best restaurants. That night I walked to a restaurant called Aba and had a great dinner selection from their restaurant week menu. Area dining highlights include: Au Cheval, High Five Ramen, Avec, Green St. Smoked Meats, Publican, and Sushi Dokku.
Other area highlights include: Blind Barber, Aesop, Notre, Jubilee Juice, Free People, Anthropologie, Billy Reid, and Leaders 1354
The bar downstairs is great, but I preferred the one upstairs. Again, it had to do with the aesthetic touches...I can appreciate some low lighting and intimate vibes. I had five or six friends come thru to hang out and drink rosé for a night and it was a really great time.
Before I checked out the following morning, I ate at the restaurant downstairs, City Mouse. I recommend the Smoked King Salmon if you're into Lox Bagel sort of things. It's really delicious - I smashed it with a side of hash browns which were also amazing.
If you're coming here for a long or short stay, I recommend the Ace for being in an extremely good location full of great food and shopping. You won't regret it at all!!! When I checked out I was helped by a young woman named Tracy; who was really friendly. Friendly staff are a real deal breaker for me. I'll definitely be coming back to stay here next time I'm in town :)
I travel a to for work and I have to say the immediate comfort of the staff and space The ACE Chicago is AMAZING. I will stay every single time I'm in Chicago. The food is delicious too. This is a can't miss!