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
This hotel is so clean and nice. The bathrooms are extra tiny but manageable. Close to every thing! What made our trip was our housekeeper Gilda. This hotel should feel lucky to have her. She greeted us so warmly each time she saw us and our room was cleaned to perfection!!! She is such an asset!
From the valet parking...very friendly and helpful, to the check in...fast, and friendly, to the room....clean, and comfortable. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a great hotel whether it’s a business trip, or relaxing weekend getaway, the Warwick is the place to stay.
Raul was a very friendly waiter in the restaurant. Fantastic service. Breakfast was very good. We got the buffet. There was a discount due to the fact that we opted out of housekeeping for several days and they gave us $10 off per day.
I’d like to give props to both Kathy at reception and Raul in the restaurant for their warmth and care.
My room wasn’t ready when I arrived and Kathy sent me to the bar to wait with some vouchers. A mighty relaxing way to wait for my room to become available.
Raul took amazing care of us in the restaurant the next morning and brightened my day with his sunny personality.
This hotel is gorgeous, but it is a few of the people who work here who make it so special.
Best ever service at breakfast - Quadalupe was attentive, friendly, and your energy and attention to detail was amazing. You you made our day... The breakfast spread was not to bad either. Great value hotel in great location.