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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 stayed at this hotel for a work event and very much enjoyed the breakfast. Its good value for the money and they are fast with the coffee:) Thanks especially to Guadalupe who provided excellent service to me and my colleagues.
We spent 6 nights at the Warwick Allerton.
We booked a standard room through booking.com and it was not clearly specified that it would have queen size beds. The room was very small (but maybe that's normal for Chicago) The entire floor, room and bathroom had an old look and need some renovation. The room was also very close to the elevators and you could hear the bell each time they arrived. There must have been 6 elevators or so. This can be very disturbing, if you are sensitive to noise during the night. We decided to change the room and asked for a king size bed room, which we got paying an extra free. (We were not allowed to see the room before though) I also asked to be moved away from the elevators, but now we had big generators in front of the window. But well, I helped myself with ear plugs in the end. The Wifi did't work the first day, but have been resolved the next day. Also, I had the impression that the reception was overwhelmed and not very flexible, as questions have not been responded always in a very customer oriented manner. Also, we asked for a late check out, but the only thing they could offer were 30 minutes more (after a 6 nights stay), without charging the credit card extra. However, the gym was clean, the cleaning staff was nice and friendly and the location was good to very good.
Had an impeccable service from Guadalupe.
She’s the face of Warwick and would love to come back to the hotel as she made me feel every morning super welcomed and well taken care off.
God bless her ????????