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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We always try to stay at the Acme!!! They treat us so amazing!!! Great location and you gotta love your morning joe!!! Quick shoutout to the best of the best...Val, Kierra, Capt. Karl, Juan, Jerome, and Piere!! Hopefully I didn't miss anyone, but everyone there is top notch!!! We love it and 100% recommend it!!
The Acme hotel is in a good area, walking distance to lots of great restaurants. The room was small - okay for one person but it would have been very tight for two people. The diner style booth was a unique touch, although a proper desk would have been better for me for work purposes. The bed was very comfortable and the rain shower in the bathroom was nice. The gym in the basement was small but the chainlink fence and punching bag gave it a much cooler feel than most hotel gyms. Unfortunately the coffee service wasn't delivered on my first morning even though I scheduled it at checkin. The bill that was slipped under my door included a charge for parking but I didn't even have a car. When I checked out and asked for a corrected bill they told me they couldn't do it right at that time but that they would email me a copy of the corrected bill. Which they never did. I had to follow up with a call to get the charge removed. Extra work for me because of their error. :(
This gem has a great vibe from the minute you walk in. The front desk staff is awesome (Karl, Val), and the public areas and rooms have cool decor, comfortable (albeit small) rooms, and great amenities. Super comfortable bed. It is centrally located, two blocks from the red line and two blocks from great shopping and restaurants. Not expensive for the location and service. Highly recommended.