It’s always a fun and exciting idea to spend a night or two in the Loop. During the day, you can appreciate the cadence of folks on their way to work or the casual attitude of strolling tourists, architectural enthusiasts and others who might just be taking their time to appreciate Chicago’s details. One of the best places to set up your home base for exploration is the J. W. Marriott Chicago on West Adams Street. Here's a profile of this architecturally-significant Chicago hotel below.
Located in the heart of the Loop’s Theater District, this stunning building was constructed by Daniel Burnham and has been lovingly updated to include a host of modern amenities that today’s traveler has come to expect.
Speaking of the rooms, the hotel has over 580 to choose from, along with 29 suites on offer. Along with elegant window treatments and bathroom fixtures, each room features plush robes, WiFi, an office desk and the usual fine linens that bring the room together.
Of course, you won’t want to stay in your room for long. Head down to the Lobby Lounge (appropriately named, no?) in the lobby to watch people come and go after work. It’s one of the best people-watching locales in this corner of the Loop and it’s interesting to talk with fellow travelers over one of the Lobby Lounge's $5 appetizers and cocktails, offered from Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
And how about a spa visit? The Spa at J. W. Chicago has a realm of wonderful and expansive packages and also some (far from) basic and sumptuous experiences. You can review all of their packages online — a good place to start would be their hydrating and warm-up stone massages, which are excellent. Of course you could elect to spend the whole day there as well, which would be delightful.
Call 312-660-8250 to make an appointment at the Spa at J. W. Chicago.
By now, you’re probably hungry, so head on over to The Florentine, which is their signature fine dining space that also works well as a place to grab a drink and an appetizer with new friends. The restaurant is under the inspired direction of executive chef Zachary Walrath and it includes handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and a prodigious selection of antipasti.
During my visit, I had the brussels sprout salad and the grilled calamari to share and I’d recommend them both without reservation. Moving on, the delicately prepared ravioli with butternut squash and roasted apples is worthy of your consideration. Travelers looking for something a bit more hearty might look over the Sicilian sausage with crispy polenta or the Chicken Paillard, accompanied by tomini cheese, roasted baby carrots and pomegranate.
J.W. Marriott Chicago
151 W. Adams Street
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