ACME Hotel Company Chicago
What We Love
- Locals pack the hip Berkshire Room for craft cocktails
- Located in Chicago’s buzzy River North
- Free WiFi
- The hip decor gives the space a youthful vibe
What To Know
- The hotel was renovated in May 2012
- The cozy fitness center has a variety of state-of-the-art equipment
- Spa-inspired bathrooms are stocked with Lather products
- You must be 21 years old to check in
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A $3 million renovation transformed this River North sleep from its motel roots into a hip 130-room boutique property. Playful décor abounds, including lava lamps in the small lobby and Lady Gaga and Rolling Stones record sleeves in the elevators. The post-industrial aesthetic carries through to the teched out (if smallish) guest rooms, which feature graffiti-style handprints on canvases above the beds, red lip decals glowing on the backlit bathroom mirrors, and giant zipper Pop art prints in the King Suite living areas as well as speedy WiFi, 46-inch flatscreens, and minibars with local sweets. The centerpiece of the hotel is the funky Berkshire Room, a buzzy, Chicago fave where bartenders will craft surprise libations on the spot–just pick your spirit, your flavor preference and your glass, and they’ll work some magic. In the morning, ACME offers “Knock & Drop” delivery options, which include a thermos of fresh java, a copy of USA Today and a loud knock on the door for your wake-up call. As for everything else, you’re a stumble away from the best of Chicago’s River North bars, clubs and restaurants.
In the Area
ACME is mere blocks from Chicago’s celebrity chef outposts, including Frontera Grill from star chef Rick Bayless and Takashi Yagihashi’s Slurping Turtle. Just across the street is Pops for Champagne, a bar that specializes in all things bubbly. The downstairs bar, Watershed, serves craft beers and artisanal cocktails. Head a couple of blocks east to Michigan Ave (a.k.a. the Magnificent Mile), where you’ll find Nordstrom, Topshop and much, much more. Pop culture junkies will want to check out the nearby Broadcast Museum, which houses 18,000 square feet of television and radio exhibits, recordings and memorabilia. Allyu Spa, located along the Chicago River, offers a variety of services with an eco-friendly focus. Melt with the 60-minute Hot Stone Massage or the 75-minute Magnetic Skin Rejuvenation Facial.
How to Get There
A great location for a Chicago stay. Coffee delivery every morning was a great perk to get the day started. Playing 'name that time in the lift was fun for old rockers too!! The staff were friendly and always happy to help.
Great service, very affordable and the front desk agent was able to check me in hours early which saved me time. Also the Acme Hotel is conveniently located just a few hundred feet from the Grand subway station.
Be sure to check your bill when leaving. For a three-day stay we were over charged over $200.00. Plus they charged my son and I, (separate bills and rooms) $40.00 each day for the same car. They tried to charge full price when we were there for a wedding that had block rooms on a discount. They said it was all corrected when asked but later that day we found out they did not correct when we got a not so corrected bill. The third day we went out and when we returned found they had removed all of possessions, stuffing stuff into plastic bags, including my computer, and moved them to a closet down stairs. They said we were booked for only two days. We showed them the email that confirmed the three days. They had already booked our room to someone else at a higher rate. After conflict at the desk, they returned our stuff to the room by just unloading it into the room on the couch. We had to go through the bags. My computer was dropped on the floor. Don't take the chance to stay there. There are lot better places to go.
My husband and I recently stayed at the ACME in Chicago and absolutely loved the place! The staff was very friendly, the coffee delivered to our door in a thermos each morning was great, Alexa device was helpful and the room itself was really clean and comfortable with a lot of character not usually found in a hotel room. We will definitely stay here again and recommend to others!
Loved this hotel! Nice change from the bigger chains! The staff were super friendly and helpful. The decor from the elevator, hallways and rooms was fun and different! The bar attached to the hotel looked awesome as well! Will def go back!