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 would say keep an eye out for Nurrie, but that is not necessary. He will be looking out for you and is very good at anticipating your needs. Nurrie deserves this shout out and it was a pleasure everytime we crossed paths. Thank you Nurrie for being a true professional in your field!
Terrible place to stay. The property is a historic building which we liked but had a number of issues. At check in the lady with the white streak was robotic. Not welcoming and wouldnt even look me in the eye. The room smelled pretty bad. At night I asked where I could find a vending machine. I was directed to the only one which was broken. When asked for another machine I was told to go to Walgreens. They could have simply sent a bottle of water to take care of their guest. When I asked to speak to the manager on duty I was given the run around but two different ladies (Victoria and Alicia both kind and helpful) tried to help at the front desk. They gave me vouchers for breakfast, a $5 bottle of wine, and a few drink vouchers for the bar. Was also told they would send some sweets for my wife and I but that never showed up. When we tried to redeem the drink vouchers the short African American manager gave us a difficult time. The best thing about this hotel were the servers at breakfast both Raul and Guadalupe were amazingly kind, attentive, and just awesome people. We will never stay at a Warwick again nor will our friends or family. You shouldn't either if you value your vacation or money.
We loved the Allerton. Raul, our server for Sunday breakfast, was especially warm and attentive! The food and service were excellent. Our room on the 20th floor was comfortable and clean. Excellent health club, too! We enjoyed our visit, and hope to be back.
Hotel was clean and in a great location to walk most places. When we stayed the staff were on strike so were very noisy outside from early. There was one young lad who was a member of staff who we seen early in the morning and he was still working hard when we got back quite late and was not on strike like the others. Hopefully his hard work was recognised by management! The only other thing was the minibar fridge was empty. Would stay here again if returned.
Guadalupe was so attentive and friendly. And there was really great food! Perfect bacon - meaty and crispy :) Excellent customer service and very convenient to have a good meal to start the day right in the hotel.