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
Super sick hotel, I loved the designs on the walls and all the color as well as the bathroom, so so much fun! It’s also an amazing location downtown, great especially if you’re tryna walk everywhere! The service was great as well, major shoutout to Danny and Kierra for helping me and my friend with our room keys!
We checked in later in the evening, the desk guy Pierce i think was super inviting and very helpful about parking! he even asked me about what brings me to Chicago which was a nice change of pace. In walking distance to food and bars and easy to get to from highway. Later that night Danny and Kierra were very understanding and smiley, cool place!
Spacious room with comfortable bed in a great location. I arrived around 11 PM after multiple flight delays. I was hungry and exhausted and the front desk employee was really helpful checking me in quickly and giving me recommendations on where I could go to eat or get a drink. There was a great bar off the hotel lobby with a very engaging bartender who was extremely knowledgeable.
Friendly and helpful staff, comfortable bed with soft linens, clean room with interesting decor. Especially liked the "smooching lips" nightlight in the mirror! Coffee and tea delivery in morning nice touch but I'd still like a hot water pot in room. And if you're putting a fridge in the room, leave a little room for me to chill a beverage!
This is my fourth time staying at this hotel and they truly give the best customer service. To me it's the small things like remembering my name and helping me move around with a broken leg and shoulder! They really go above and beyond for their guests.