The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Michigan Avenue Chicago
What We Love
- Magnificent Mile location perfect for exploring all of Chicago’s top sights
- Sipping a craft cocktail amid the skyscrapers on hotel’s The Terrance Rooftop
- A Sleep Menu to help you snooze including seven-pillow menu, night caps and skin-hydration creams
What To Know
- The hotel is in the same building as The Shops at Northbridge
- The Magnificent Mile is a bustling downtown strip of shops and restaurants
- This hotel is popular with business travelers
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Housed behind a perfectly preserved 1928 Art Deco façade by Chicago artist Gwen Lux and set above a tony shopping mall, the sleek Gwen hotel is an elegant respite from the Windy City’s bustle. Art Deco-inspired interiors respect the landmarked façade but stay sleek enough as to not feel staid. All 311 guestrooms and suites are done in subdued brown, gold and taupe hues with big work desks equipped with plenty of plugs. Big granite bathrooms come with both tubs and showers. Upgrade to Pure City View rooms for spectacular vistas of Chicago’s awesome architecture. When the weather is warm, the Terrance Rooftop is one of the hottest bars in the city, though the scene always stays classy, while at the Terrance Restaurant Chef Darnell Reed plates delicious dishes inspired by the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia.
In the Area
Start with the basics: Deep-dish pizza is an institution here, so sink your teeth into a cheesy pie at Giordano’s, one of the city’s most famous pizzerias. The stuffed slice may be a Chicago cliché, but it’s a delicious cliché. When you’re ready to get the inside-bite on Chicago’s foodie scene, head over to the West Loop’s Girl and the Goat, a 10-minute cab ride from the hotel. Top Chef Stephanie Izard’s menu of inventive small plates includes escargot ravioli with bacon and tamarind-miso sauce, and roasted beets with green beans, white anchovy and avocado crème fraîche. In a city known for its architectural history, a tour is a must. The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers year-round walking and bus tours and seasonal riverboat tours led by local certified docents. Speaking of impressive architecture, don’t miss the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago designed by Renzo Piano. The Art Institute is a must; pop in on a Thursday, when admission is free from 5 to 8 p.m. Millennium Park, a 24.5-acre urban escape the heart of the city, offers events and activities all year, from concerts in the summer to ice skating in the winter. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by starchitect Frank Gehry, and the Crown Fountain, an art installation featuring two 50-foot towers with moving faces of Chicago residents, are highlights.
How to Get There
Bar, rooms, social....Eddie the bartender is so lovely he remembers you when you walk up to the bar, knows your drink & is the perfect host. I just love this place as my go to hotel in Chicago! Elegant, all around
This hotel is great! Location is wonderful - close to shopping and restaurants. Staff are wonderful and the hotel is really nice. Upon check in was given a cocktail and a bottle of water. Was there for a business meeting and the meeting rooms were great. Again, staff were very sweet and accommodating.
The room was large as was the bathroom. However, I was disappointed that the shower was small. I don't know how someone bigger than me could fit in there!! The body lotion has an amazing smell - hated to use it because it was so lovely.
Oh, there is a crosswalk over to Nordstrom so you can get your shopping fix taken care of. The Loft, Levi's, Dylan's Candy Store, Swatch Watch store and lots of other places are a short walk away.
Had been staying at another property a bit north and decided to try something new. This came on the radar and the experience was enough to make this our new favorite hotel in Chicago.
It's part of the Marriott chain (at least under the reservation heading...Luxury) and really stands out as a service minded organization. Lobby is on the 5th floor which threw us for a loop when we got there otherwise from check in til we left, everyone in the organization seemed ready to help. Connected to the Nordstrom across the street by a sky bridge in the lobby, incl food court. 2 blocks away from Eataly (esp if you are tired and want a superb choice for dinners!) and pretty easy to walk to many of the local places, I loved the location.
Rooms were large, very clean, and aside from the number of lights, easy to navigate. Mini fridge for use, iron in room (at least ours). Safe etc. Big bath towels, nice amenities (soap brand tops).
Did not try the brunch/breakfast buffet but from the looks of the tables, seemed pretty extensive.