JW Marriott Chicago, 2022In February of 2022 with the pandemic still in full go mode, I found a screaming rate at the JW Marriott Chicago for a few days during the week, so I purchased a flight and went.
ArrivalI had a very early morning flight into O'Hare and collected my luggage, then onto the subway ($5) for a trip to the Jackson Street stop and walked 2 blocks down Adams to the hotel.
The RoomAs a lifetime Titanium, I was able to wrangle a corner suite. I had stayed here before in 2011 when I didn't know much about traveling and did not have a great experience. This time it was a difference of night and day.
The suite is massive, with a guest bathroom, huge living room and wet bar. The work desk is also in the living room. A small alcove leads to the bedroom with an extravagant amount of unused space.
The bathroom is... well, crazy big with two vanities, a makeup area, a huge central tub, toilet room and shower.
The LoungeSo I have had some good and some bad experiences with JW Lounges in the USA. I was reserving my judgement, and not getting my hopes up but when I got in there, well, it's pretty amazing, like almost Asia level good which is a high compliment for a property in the states.
FacilitiesThe hotel has a spa, gym, pool, restaurant, bar and tons of event space. Which now I detail with photos below!
Around the HotelVarious interesting elements I found while wandering around the hotel that add so much to the atmosphere.
SummaryAs you know by now, I have a thing for JW Marriotts. This one is quite great and I'm having trouble thinking the Ritz is better after this stay. 5 stars easily. Amazing service, a complete amazing hotel with all amenities one could want or expect. While I have other hotels in Chicago to visit, I will be going back to this one.
Tips: Book a room that contains lounge access if you do not have Bonvoy status to get you in already. Call ahead to see what days they have the lounge open (generally only weekdays). Ask for an east side room, the west is right by the elevated track and the trains can be a tad loud.
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