St. Jane Hotel
What We Love
- Midwestern French fusion at Free Rein, the hotel’s swanky cafe/restaurant combo
- Local artisans created the hotel’s fresh signature scent: honeysuckle and linen
- Custom leather goodies from the Chicago School of Shoemaking and Leather
- Keurig coffeemakers in all guest rooms
What To Know
- The hotel is named for Nobel Peace Prize-winning social worker Jane Addams
- Floors 25 and above contain premier rooms in an area called “Tower at St. Jane”
- Local illustrator Morgan Ramberg is responsible for the façade on the hotel’s exterior
- There is a small gym onsite but no spa or pool
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Revitalized Art Deco skyscraper and an exuberant ode to all things local, in Chicago’s famed Carbide and Carbon building
Jazz Age glamor—green marble lamps, herringboned floors, a palette of seductive jewel tones—radiates from practically every chamber in this gold-leaf dreamboat. Up until late 2017, the 1929 landmark, constructed to resemble a bottle of bubbly (some consider it a jab at Prohibition) housed the Hard Rock Hotel—a funky, nightclub-inspired space decked out with musical memorabilia and the transient vibe of one of the world’s most recognizable brands. The crowd you’ll find here today is far more refined, lured by the property’s prolific collection of modern art, street-level raw bar, and proximity to Chicago’s cultural nucleus. Those feeling extra flush can splurge for a room in the club-level quarters, with come with a dedicated concierge staff and extra-elevated city views. As a tribute to its namesake philanthropist (often considered the mother of American social work), the hotel regularly collaborates with local non-profits and even devotes a percentage of revenue to the Jackson Chance Foundation, a charity that partners with area hospitals to provide parking passes to every family with a baby in intensive care.
In the Area
The hotel’s prized Michigan Avenue address puts guests just five minutes from Millennium Park and the city’s cultural hotbed, comprising the Art Institute (one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country) and the theater district. While exploring the latter, be sure to check out a show at A Red Orchid, a 70-seat space with an emphasis on minimalist, avant-garde productions. A stop at Water Tower Place is a must for those traveling with children—the eight-level atrium is the site of Lego Land, American Girl Place, and Candyality, a local confectionary that stocks 21 colors of M&Ms and its very own licorice bar.
How to Get There
While researching hotel deals in Chicago, I stumbled upon a great deal on Travelzoo for the St. Jane. I stayed for three nights and really enjoyed this property. My room was a double queen on the 19th floor. This is Chicago, so even on a floor that high, you experience considerable street noise. The room was spacious enough, with a large tv, fridge and Nespresso machine. I'm an old school coffee drinker, so not a fan of the frou-frou stuff. There was a small safe available for use in the room. The bed and pillows were very comfortable, and extra blankets were available in the lighted wardrobe. There was also plenty of drawer space for clothing. The shower was roomy and the showerhead was powerful. There is a fitness center with various equipment that is accessible using a specific elevator. This hotel is in walking distance to lots of restaurants, shopping and parks. Overnight parking is pricey, but that is to be expected in downtown Chicago. Free Rein Restaurant inside the hotel is very nice. I only had breakfast and evening cocktails there, so not sure about the lunch/dinner options. Very good omelets and breakfast sandwiches. The staff of the St. Jane is extremely pleasant and helpful. I look forward to another stay at this hotel.
We absolutely loved our stay at the St. Jane!! Rooms were large, comfortable, stylish and clean. Beds and all linens were wonderful...loved the bathroom walk in shower!
The location provides easy access to North Michigan Ave., the Chicago River Walk, Navy Pier as well as Millennium Park and the Art Institute. We were on the 21st floor and found our room to be very quiet. Having grown up in Chicago I appreciated that it was named after Jane Adams and loved reading about the history of the Carbon & Carbide Building. The staff was great and we especially want to thank Michael D. for going above and beyond to make sure our stay was wonderful. We loved the feel and service at this little gem! Our new place to stay when visiting the Windy City!!
Enjoyed staying at St. Jane hotel. Location is very convenient. It was very close to almost everything. Room was clean and spacious. Beds and pillows were of our liking. Every time we asked for service from housekeeping, they were prompt.