Dana Hotel and Spa
What We Love
- The hotel’s popular in-house spa and the serene vibe of the rooms
- Fully stocked in-room wine chiller
- Free WiFi
- Topnotch seasonal fare at freestyle food + drink
What To Know
- Better for young couples or business travelers than families
- Don’t be confused: The hotel and restaurant entrance are one and the same
- Vertigo Sky Lounge is a favorite of Chicago’s party crowd
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Urban zen. The lobby mixes loftlike details—floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed concrete, sculptural metal-and-glass staircases—with natural textures such as a wavelike wall of wood. Cocoon-like microsuede armchairs curve around buttery leather ottomans and an orchid tops a check-in desk backed by a mosaic portrait of a tatted young woman.
Bed & Bath
Rooms have a youthful spirit, catering mostly to in-the-know urbanites who look for luxury in the details. Think bathrooms with all-natural lighting and Italian rainshowers, B&W Zeppelin sound equipment, Keurig coffeemakers and a wine chiller in every room. The loftlike vibe continues here with hardwood floors, platform beds dressed in white-on-white linens and a wall of windows.
The real zen heart of the hotel is the spa with its extensive menu of massages, hair and scalp treatments, male and female facials, mud rubs, body scrubs and more. When it’s time for dinner, freestyle food + drink serves seasonal dishes, focusing primarily on contemporary American fare like braised short ribs with parsnips and crispy Brussels sprouts, or grilled salmon with heirloom tomatoes. If all that food gives you added energy, you (and much of the rest of the city) can dance it off at the property’s year-round rooftop bar, the Vertigo Sky Lounge. The indoor/outdoor space is a favorite of Chicago’s party crowd with 26th-floor views.
In the Area
The Dana puts you smack-dab in the middle of Chicago’s food scene. Within walking distance or a quick cab ride: Rick Bayless’s Frontera Grill and Topolobampo; Carrie Nahabedian’s Naha; and Andrew Zimmerman’s Sepia. Don’t miss the laughs at the world famous Second City, where such luminaries as Dan Aykroyd, Steve Carell and Tina Fey have performed. The downtown Art Institute houses famous works like American Gothic by Grant Wood and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks.
How to Get There
One of the best hotels I have ever stayed at! Our concierge Etienne went above and beyond to make us extremely happy! Amazing customer service from him. Stay was very welcoming.... view was Amazing!!!!!!!
My husband and I traveled to Chicago for a quick getaway. The hotel is a small boutique hotel. The entrance is small, we often had to negotiate getting in and out with other guests. We had a pretty lackluster check in, front desk clerk a little stuffy. Our room was nice, floor to ceiling windows. The hotel does not have the security enhanced elevators that require one to scan their room key to access their assigned floor. Instead, elevators are monitored by staff as you enter to go upstairs. When leaving the building, you have to exit the elevator on the second floor, pass through the lobby, and go down a flight of stairs to get outside. Just minor annoyances but with so many options in Chicago it is not likely we will return.
I had a room block for my daughter's wedding at this hotel. It was a horrible and stressful experience not only for myself, but for the bride and groom, the wedding party and out of town guests. I booked the Presidential Suite and was not allowed to check-in until an hour after the guaranteed time because the room was not serviced. When I was finally allowed to check in the floor was so sticky you could walk out of your shoes. There were flashing light bulbs in the bathroom and the heat wasn't working on a very cold, snowy Chicago day. The heat was an issue for all our guests as well as poorly serviced rooms and late check-ins. The hotel did absolutely nothing to make things right on our bills. The hotel manager acted with concern but never came back to us with an explanation or offered additional amenities. I will never stay at this hotel again.