Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago
What We Love
- Location, location, location: All the shopping, dining and nightlife of the Magnificent Mile is just steps away
- Tech perks like iPhone/iPad docks and flatscreen TVs
- One of the first skyscrapers built on Michigan Avenue in the roaring twenties
- Once a hangout for Hollywood types like Bob Hope and Betty Grable
What To Know
- Though a $60 million renovation modernized most of the hotel’s amenities, you’ll still have to embrace pokey elevators and smaller rooms as part of the Warwick Allerton’s historic charm
- The hotel lobby is on the second floor and guest rooms vary in size and layout
- Though the lounge serves solid American fare, there are more exciting food options in the area
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
When the building was declared a historic landmark in 1998, so was its famous Tip Top Tap neon sign, the only remains of a lively cocktail lounge that made The Warwick Allerton the “it” social spot of the ‘40s. Today, the Warwick Allerton’s modern decor pays tribute to its roaring twenties roots. The art deco-inspired lobby and M Avenue Lounge — with geometric patterns, tufted velvet chairs, curved settees and a checkered marble floor — blend tastefully with original design elements such as brass elevators and Italian Renaissance Revival arched windows.
Bed & Bath
Guest room decor is more subdued than the public spaces with pale yellow walls, soft white upholstered headboards and touches of inky navy. In case you somehow forget you’re staying in one of the oldest skyscrapers on the block, black-and-white photos of historic Chicago buildings hang on the walls. The all-marble bathrooms with pedestal sinks also pay tribute to the hotel’s past. Every room is laid out a bit differently and offers a different view (hint: request rooms on the higher floors with views of Michigan Avenue or Huron Street), but all rooms include flat-screen TVs and charging stations for your iPod and iPad.
To unwind after a day of touring the city, head to M Avenue Lounge, which serves up specialty martinis, beers and a small menu of American fare. Take advantage of the free WiFi (in-room WiFi is $9.95 per day), cozy up by the glass stone fireplace, and grab a drink while you catch up on emails or plan your next day’s agenda. Guests are also free to use the 24-hour business center computers, printer and fax machine. Although the hotel does not have a spa, you can schedule an in-room massage.
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.
How to Get There
I read the reviews before booking this hotel and they were so mixed. I did gave it a try and it was not as bad as some of the reviews said. My room was tucked away in a corner, I didn’t heard elevators or other guests. My view was a brick wall but I didn’t care so much because I wasn’t spending that much time in the room.
Room was clean, bed was ok.
I hated the fact that they don’t offer free WiFi and elevators get crowded and slow after 9am. But overall it was good.
Our hotel stay was awesome!!! The concierge, Bouchaib, was wonderful and very insightful. Gave my husband great ideas to surprise me with to make our 5th Anniversary celebration even more special. One of the bellman, Nurrie, was incredibly kind and gave us suggestions on what to do in the surrounding area other than shopping. Management is top notch. Highly recommend and we will return to the Warwick Allerton when we visit Chicago again!
I've been to the Warwick Allerton several times and have found the staff to be very helpful. It's an old hotel and that is reflected in the architecture and size of the room -- to be expected. However, this past visit, was a negative one. I received differing information about check-in times and when my room would be ready; had to wait an additional 45 minutes past the posted check-in time. I was promised a room upgrade and complimentary breakfast as compensation. I did not get an upgrade and had to ask in the morning to be sure my breakfast was paid for (I had not received any type of ticket to indicate breakfast to the staff). Disappointing. I have a lot of choices in downtown Chicago...not overly impressed this time.
We had a great time in Chicago, assisted by this spot near all the action on Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, and a short distance to the river walk. It is an older facility and so rooms are small, but it was clean and well-kept. Staff professional and helpful. Thanks!
I had a beautiful night at the Warwick followed by a tasteful breakfast with amazing service from Guadalupe! Thanks so much for making my stay here in Chicago very welcoming and comfortable! Until next time!