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
My wife and I stayed in a two queen bed executive suite.
First for the good: The room was clean and quiet.
Now the bad (not sure where to start). My wife and I had recently been through some tough stuff that life brought our way, so I scheduled this much needed one-night getaway. I was really excited when I found a good deal on the premium two queen suite. We need two beds because my wife suffers from insomnia. When we arrived the room was not ready. We were there at 5:30, well after the 4:00 check-in time. They then tried to give us the premium king suite. That was not going to work for us. When I insisted on two beds the woman at reception gave us the executive two queen suite (smaller than the suite I had reserved) and tried to play it off as if I would not notice. When I went back to reception and called them out on it, the manager, Alex, said he would give me a $100 discount, which I felt was reasonable.
Fast forward to checking out the next day, there was a massive line of people checking in so I left our key cards at the reception desk, assuming all would be fine with the bill and the associated charge to my credit card. Bad assumption. I did not get the discount. When I later called another manager, Jose, he assured me that he would give me the discount. 10 days later and still no discount, and Alex and Jose will not return my messages.
By the way, when my wife and I were checking in, other guests were having similar trouble - rooms were not ready nor were they getting the rooms they had requested.
The rooms need refreshing. The mattresses and carpets felt old. Drywall by the shower was crumbling from years of moisture.
While the breakfast buffet was fine, it was not worth the money. It is not much of a step up from what you get at a Hampton Inn or a Holiday Inn Express, though the presentation is better. No hot grill for made to order breakfast items such as omlettes or pancakes.
Speaking of food, there is no room service at this hotel.
Best of luck to anyone who stays here. I have stayed at hotels in developing countries with better service.
My first visit to the Warwick Allerton - Chicago, I hope it is not my last. The vintage quality and charm of this beautifully restore hotel is a Chicago treasure. Also, Guadalupe, takes excellent care of her guests at breakfast. Thank you.
We stay at the Warwick Allerton-Chicago any time we are in Chicago, 5-6 visits already this year. Everyone there is especially nice and helpful. A big shout-out to Nurrie the doorman who is awesome. If you need anything or any info he is the best.! And kudos also to Guadalupe from the dining room. She is so nice and helpful!!!