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
- 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
My college-age daughter and I traveled to Chicago for a long weekend and were relying on public transit to get around the city. I chose the St. Jane for the location, as well as price. Check in was easy, I was surprised about the large incidental charge on my credit card (which wasn't used). Our room was ready for us to check in early, which we appreciated, and the hotel also happily held our two carry-on bags for a few hours after we checked out two days later. The hotel room was very clean, had ceramic floors (can't stand carpet in a hotel room), the bed and linens were very comfortable. Our room was on the 16th floor, and was very quiet - we did not hear any street/traffic noise, and very few times we heard other guests in the hallway at night. The bathroom had the best hotel showerhead I've ever used. Lots of water pressure and hot water. The towels were large, fluffy and absorbent. We really didn't spend much time in the hotel room, but the nespresso machine was appreciated, and there was a small refrigerator that we did not use. I would definitely stay at this hotel again, and recommend it to anyone looking for a comfortable night stay.
I stayed at this hotel between 7th and 11th March 2019. The booking was by my institution on my behalf and I was very much excited to visit Chicago. I arrived at the hotel around 15:30 local time and the receptionist was quite friendly. Everything was fine until they asked me to pay USD100 per night as [security] deposit (USD400). To put this into perspective, the daily deposit was more that the daily cost of the room. I quickly checked the booking confirmation that my institution gave me and there was no mention of this deposit. I told them that I didn't have enough money in my travel card, but they refused to check me in despite the fact that the room was fully paid. I had to stay at their lounge for about an hour as I was waiting for my colleague back home to put money in my card. If there was no one to do this for me, they would have surely let me sleep on the street despite having a fully paid room. So, avoid this hotel if you are in a limited budget trip. When i checked out, they told me that the deposit money will be put back in my card within 2-3 days. This is day 5 and I am yet to get my money back.
Their justification for the deposit is to cover other internal services e.g. food. But, why not make each service payable at the point of use?
We spent a fantastic weekend at the St. Jane and were delighted with all of the details the hotel offered including its beautiful, chic appearance and perfect location on Michigan Ave.; with a building inspired by a champagne bottle, we happily sipped French 75s in the bar and had an easy walked to dinner (as well as multiple museums and shopping). The staff was also one of the nicest and most friendly I've ever encountered; from check-in to above and beyond details they helped with make our stay memorable, it made the whole vacation feel extra special. I can't imagine staying anywhere else on the Mag Mile after being spoiled at the St. Jane.
The St Jane hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve every stayed in. If you like architecture or are a history buff in any way I definitely recommend staying here. It’s in the amazing Carbide & Carbon building and the rooms fit the Art Deco style of the building very well. Especially the lobby makes you feel like you’ve accidentally walked into a “The Great Gatsby” movie set.
The hotel itself has just been remodeled I think and everything is nice and clean. My room had a comfortable bed, a coffee maker, mini fridge, tv with Netflix etc, and a good shower. A nice detail was that they gave you paper coffee cups so you could take a cup of coffee from your room when you go out. Also the location on Michigan ave is basically as good as it gets. Hotel staff is very friendly and helpful as well!
The room service is kinda pricey but there are lots of good and affordable options very close by.
All and all a very nice hotel I definitely recommend staying in when in Chicago!
I visited this hotel when I attended a conference in Chicago. This hotel was once the Hard Rock Hotel. Now it is better. I visited the hotel right after their soft opening. I didn't notice any glitches. I did have to request a small trash can but that is a very small oversight. The hotel is very chic and modern. It's in a great location.
All the people at the front desk were so nice and attentive! I loved it!
The outside of the building is black and gold and it is located on the corner. Very convenient.