Rated 3 out of 5 by Howard Am I a mark or a guest?
Little stuff can make a big impression. For example, the Starbucks on the corner provides free wifi -- I don't even need to buy a cup of coffee. They'll also give me a drink of water. That feels good.
But in my $300 hotel room, I have to pay $15 to get online? And $5 for a small bottle of water? The W in Chicago makes me feel more like a mark than a guest.
April 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by layble Short, but great...
I only stayed at the W Chicago - City Center for a night, but I was impressed at every turn. From the check-in experience, to room service, to the most pleasant concierge service I've ever received the staff deserves an A+. The room was also larger than I expected after some of the reviews and everything lived up to the W brand name. Highly recommend.
February 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bandersen Great location
Stayed only one night since I had a meeting down the street.
Had a very nice lunch at IPO, great food.
In the afternoon I went to the Bar for appetizers and wine and the Bartender was WONDERFUL!! I feel bad I cannot remember his name but he was Irish. Very friendly and attentive to my needs.
I will definetly come back for business or pleasure.
July 5, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Amazed Beware the change penalty
i booked a room for 13 nights, told the front desk when I arrived I might leave earlier. Okay, just tell us, was the answer. Notified the front desk at 9 am the 12th day that I would be checking out one day only, was told I would have to pay one night room and tax as a penalty. What hotel in the world operates like that? Do not stay here.
August 28, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Tlyn Disappointing
I was only going to be in town for one day to celebrate my 30th birthday & the room had been paid in advance & booked for 4 people & when I checked in I gave a credit card for "incidentals" no one told me $400 would be held on my account. It was the only card I brought & I had zero spending money when I was there. Huge disappointment... I found this out the hard way when I went out to eat & my credit card had been declined. Also they gave me a king size bed for 4 people I had to change it to a double room which I had to pay an extra $50 a night for... I paid it because I really had no other choice. So not only did I not have any spending money & had to just lounge around the hotel I also had to pay extra money for the room I originally booked! So my 30th bday was pretty much a bust. I also e-mailed the company & they have not responded & it has been almost 24 hours. I am very sad I wasted my time, my money & my birthday there. I really hope they try to make this right.
February 19, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by JessicaAB2013 Do not recommend.
The staff is terrible, by far the worst experience I have ever had a hotel before. The staff will treat you like crap; the only thing that made this hotel somewhat tolerable was the manager Chris. Chris did his best to try and turn our experience around but it did not work.
November 25, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by dl444 Tiny room
This is the smallest room I have experienced in the United States. For $300 a night, I was shocked at the small size of the room. I booked this hotel because I prefer to stay in Starwood hotels and it was very convenient for my business meetings. I will walk a few blocks next time and stay elsewhere.
May 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mattari Excellent stay
I loved everything about this hotel. I had an accessible room and it was perfect for me. The Acura ride program was a nice bonus. Excellent meal at IPO. All the staff was great. I interacted primarily with Erwin, Laurelin and Tom, all of whom did an excellent job. They made my stay truly memorable.
July 6, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by aaghazar Expected more from a W
I have stayed in W's in the Middle East and Europe and had expectations when I booked the W in Chicago. The rooms were okay but the service was blow average. The reception was extremely short on staff. At night there was no one at the concierge or anyone to help out with my bags.
September 3, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Rnathan Service lacking
First off, I was disappointed to hear that I had to pay extra for internet despite having a "spectacular room". Fine - i can look past that.. Second: I left my iphone charger in the room and realized this halfway to the airport. Called the hotel, got passed around and told they'll get back to me, they didn't. The woman I dealt with (arianna) was far from pleasant and I get told "our security guy will send you an email with a link for you to arrange delivery". First off your job is to make MY life easier...not the other way around. I get the email, with no link/no follow up. I then chase them the next day and they finally send me a link where I have to set up delivery, pay for it and then email them the details...The least you can do is pick up the tab on the delivery.
Not staying here again.
May 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DebM525 Great hotel with outstanding customer service!
This was my first stay at a W Hotel, and I was so impressed! I booked a room for my husband's and my anniversary using my SPG points. When we checked in, Amanda at the front desk could not have been nicer or more accommodating. I wasn't expecting a room upgrade, but she upgraded us to a Spectacular Room - and spectacular, it was! Through our conversation during check-in, she asked if we had dinner plans, and I mentioned we had reservations at a restaurant in the West Loop. Amanda then arranged for the hotel's car service to take us to dinner. Again, I wasn't expecting such star treatment, but Amanda made us feel as though we were frequent guests. The next morning, I went in search of a newspaper, and Fatima at the front desk offered to send someone out to find it for me. Again, I was very impressed. I travel frequently for work, and it’s rare that you find a hotel that is so customer-service oriented with employees who truly appear to love their jobs. After our experience at the W, we definitely will be back!
May 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Janet78 W Chicago City Center - Great place to stay
Friendly, welcoming staff. IPO Restaurant has excellent food. Overall pleasant stay for business or a fun weekend in Chicago.
January 11, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Romek123 Smallest room I have been in for years - felt like Hong Kong
Small room, not very clean, tiny bathroom, dripping taps, loud outside - I asked for a quiet room. Asked for late check out until 2PM was told 1PM latest, or pay $50 extra.....small, unclean room and will not give me an extra hour. Very poor, and not coming back
August 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Houstonvisitor Chicago - My Kind of Town!
The W Hotel is located near the Willis Tower (formerly the Sear Tower). Purchase the Chicago Trolly & Double Decker Co. 3 day ticket pass for $35 dollars. That's the best way to see the great city of Chicago. Go to the TOP of the Willis TOWER. That was very cool.
April 15, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by NotOutletsNearby Great hotel but needs clocks and outlets
Overall a great stay but my room did not have a digital clock I could see, so I was always looking for the time when I woke up. Also, no outlet near the bed so I could not easily reach for my phone when I woke up or wanted to check email in bed.
May 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by TravelingFather I love this hotel but...
I have stayed at the W multiple times this year. It is in a perfect location for my needs, the staff is friendly and helpful. Overall, it is a great place to stay. But what I have a problem with is the rates. My last overnight stay was double of what it was just two weeks prior. I understand supply and demand, but double the price is just plain crazy. Yes I could have easily stayed somewhere else, but as stated, the location and service trump all other hotels.
May 6, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by aardvark small room
The staff were excellent and helpful.
This was probably the most cramped, smallest room I have eve stayed in at what is billed as a high end hotel. The bathroom was especially inadequate. I will not be staying here again.
April 30, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by scuba99 Horrible room, excellent bar tender
No upgrade, noisy room, had to change rooms twice - -was offerred a cool room on 3rd floor next to the train.
Bar tender was african american and was superb
November 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TonyCap Well Worth it
The W city Center, in the heart of beautiful chicago is my favorite hotel to stay in. It is beautiful, the rooms are clean, the staff is friendly. This hotel is well worth it.
October 26, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by txsmith Poor Service and Over Priced for the Value
- Room was not cleaned
- The cleaning service processed my dress incorrectly
- Hotel has nothing special for given price and service was nothing special given the price - poor value
October 7, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by GoBuffs22 No soundproofing
Had a room near the "El", train noise so loud, hard to sleep with good earplugs in. Lobby area could be updated, loud and kind of dark as well (it is a W I guess)
November 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MBA1 Excellent Staff
We were very pleased with the property! I can't say enough for the exceptional service we received at the check-in desk. Staff is very warm and welcoming. Location is a definite added plus!
August 9, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Vbha This Hotel Needs improvement
The Hotel has great location but needs to provide more space for guest comfort. They need to provide basis amenities like tean and coffe maker in every room and not charge for tea bags.
July 16, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Stork Not up to expectations
I am taking the time to write this review because it was clearly the worst hotel experience I have had in years and certainly below expectations for a Starwood property.
When I checked in, I was given a very small room. The commode was located about 3 inches from the tub, with lots of room on the other side—an inexplicable discomfort. The water pressure in the sink was horribly low, and the best I could obtain was lukewarm water about 2 minutes after first turning the hot water on. There were no drawers in the room for clothes—only the small ones in the desk and the nightstands. The channel guide on the TV did not work. There was an intermittent, loud noise that seemed to be coming from the plumbing that awakened me (a sound sleeper) repeatedly during the night.
Not only will I not return to the W city center, I will have trouble ever returning to a Starwood property. I travel internationally about once every 6 weeks and domestically more frequently than that. I finally decided to pretend that I was staying in an eastern european hotel, and somehow that made it possible for me to smile when I checked out of room 614 after 4 days.
November 15, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by horseygirl Needs improvement
I was not impressed with this hotel. I was expecting more from the brand. I thought it was more of a luxury hotel, but it really wasn't.
October 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Horst1 beautiful hotel with great conference facilities
Had a very pleasant stay. The location is excellent and the staff was friendly and helpful. The only negative was the fitness center, which needs to be larger.
July 13, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by SeanF1973 Tiny room, internet didn't work, TV froze every 30 seconds!
I have stayed at several W Hotels. This one lacked the engaging staff, the comfortable rooms and some of the basics that a business traveler needs/expects.
August 22, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Donald3217 Nice upgrades
I have stayed here a few times and have always gotten a nice upgrade. The location is perfect for me, someone that is coming in on the train from Michigan.
June 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kelly30 Hotel room and location wonderful
Location and room were great. Staff was pleasant and courteous. I will plan to stay here again and would recommend this hotel
September 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by santri1969 Good W property with central location
Liked the property though little old. Central for business and tourism needs with a vibrant bar.
March 23, 2013