Rated 5 out of 5 by Kpost Fabulous Staff!
W - Chicago City Center staff was excellent. My very early check-in was handled nicely. The bartender was knowledgeable and very friendly.
Be warned: The elevators are a little on the strange side.
The room met with my expectations. I do however, prefer a walk-in shower.
Overall: I will be staying here again.
September 17, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by travelbound some very helpful staff
A many other reviewers stated the rooms at this hotel are very small but the location can not be beat.
Sadly, as many other reviewers have also stated, I found the front desk staff to be curt at best. The young man who checked me in was not friendly or welcoming in any way. However, the concierge (Eden) was incredibly helpful and kind when I called to report I had dropped my wedding ring down the drain. She sent an engineer (Paul) up immediately (not in an hour, RIGHT AWAY) who could not have been nicer. He retrieved my ring in just a few minutes, had fresh towels sent up because he had to move the ones that were there and did it all with out one bit of annoyance. Ironically, the best costumer service I had the entire time I was in Chicago came from him, a typically behind the scenes employee.
September 13, 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 oscar1 Great and will be back!
Great hotel! I'll definitely be back. TK is a great asset to this hotel. She helped guide my sister and I to the best restuarant I've been to in YEARS! Staff was great and very helpful and the room was very clean.
September 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 Excellent stay again!
This is the second time I have stayed at this location. I live in LA and travel through Chicago a few times a year and make a point to stay here. Super clean, amazing enviroment, awesome rooms, andd super friendly employees. Thank you for such a great experience. You never let me down.
September 6, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Ej56 Poor ancillary staff
I stayed for a wedding. Ironically I left my wedding ring on the counter when I left. After calling security twice they were able to tell me the cleaning service hadn't turned a ring in but were unwilling/able to actually follow up with the team the day after I checked out. They do the bare minimum when it comes to follow up service. I was disappointed to say the least.
September 4, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by MeetingBeth Nice if you like living in a pin ball machine!
Hotel is fine, yet lobby and elevators make you think you are living within the confines of a pinball machine.
September 4, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Nikki3343 Extremely Disappointing
Last year, I booked the W City Center for my wedding, and I stayed there with many of my friends and family. I had a great experience, a wonderful room, and decided to book the hotel for my first anniversary. When my husband and I went to the front desk to check in, we were informed our room was not ready, even though it was 4:30 PM and the check-in time was 3 PM. He indicated that he would put a rush on cleaning our room, and it would only be about 20 minutes. He would call us when the room was ready. I would assume that common courtesy at this point would to apologize for the room not being ready-- instead, the front desk clerk was curt, rude, and ill mannered. We had dinner reservations that night, so we waited in the lobby for the room to be ready. As we're waiting, we see several (probably 15 groups of people) get room keys and head up to their rooms. We were confused, as we didn't book a special room, but waited for them to call us. 35 minutes later, we return to the front desk to the same front desk clerk. He doesn't recognize us, despite us sitting as close as possible to the front desk to wait for our room. After rudely greeting us again, he gives us the key to a "Cozy" room. I quickly realize how "cozy" this room is. Think smaller than a cruise ship cabin. What was most disappointing, however, was the quality of the room. The wallpaper was peeling off the walls, the entire room looked worn and old, despite being updated to a more "modern" look. The bathroom door refused to close properly, leaving several inches open to people walking by. My husband and I were claustrophobic, so we went back downstairs to the front desk clerk who (again!) did not recognize us from our previous two visits. We tell him about the room, he again did not apologize, and put us in a different room. Much bigger? Yes. Cleaner? Definitely not. There was long black hairs on the vanity and dirt on the floor. After this almost 2 hour ordeal of checking in and out of rooms, and missing our dinner reservation, we finally just decide to stay in the dirty room. The most unsettling and disturbing feeling, though, was knowing that our wedding guests may have experienced the same treatment that we did.
August 29, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by cwujd1 Nice stay. 2 Oddball Observations
My wife says we're not hip enough for this hotel. Perhaps. As is typical for the W brand, everything has a clever name. The fitness room is called "Sweat." The concierge desk is "Whatever/Whenever." Even the spare toilet paper is in a bag labelled "Back-up Plan." But the hair dryer is in a bag labelled "Hair Dryer." What's up with that?
Every room has a DVD player and the hotel has a lending library of DVDs and music CDs. A movie listed under Comedy is The Squid and the Whale. A very fine film about the breakup of a family. But one of the saddest movies you'll ever see.
We had a nice stay at the W City Center. All of the staff were super friendly and helpful. You don't always get that in busy Chicago. Good loop location. Very convenient to Union Station.
August 23, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Tonue Unexpected fees!
Upon my arrival at the W checking in I was told that I wasn,t going to get a double bed room which I booked threw Starwood , I was told that if I wanted a. Double room I would have to pay and additional charge of 50.00 per night, so much for getting a discount! One queen size bed for myself and my guest, then they were gonna bring a trundle bed in my room, but not for free 35.00 for that and never did get it ,it's a good thing because it wouldn,t of fit the room was very small . Imthought for sure my needs would of been met, but things didn,t happen that way! The hotel is very dark and gloomy! Wasn,t what I expected at all! I give the W a 1.
August 22, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by KSJHWK Well Below Expectations
I stayed in room 1024 at the W in City Center. While I read reviews that the 'wonderful room' would be small, the size of the room was the least of my concerns. The carpet in the hallway to our room on the 10th floor had several white -colored stains which were present our entire three-day stay. In addition, the ‘wonderful room’ we stayed in had all of the following maintenance/housekeeping issues: stained carpet, paint splatters on the toilet-seat and cover, several fractures/chips in the porcelin tub, and paint splatters on the porcelin washtub. Also the room had dingy lighting, cheap IKEA style furniture, and ceramic tile in the bathroom except for one small 36 inch wide marble pedestal sink and small size of the room. Oh, and the bed was horribly uncomfortable. I am a side-sleeper, and my entire side would go numb if I spent any longer than 20 minutes on a side, so I tried my hand at back and stomach sleeping, neither of which were restful. The only ‘good’ aspects of our stay were the front desk staff including the pre-arrival e-mail from Vanessa alerting us to the El-Train noise if we did not choose an ‘inner room.’ I very much appreciated the heads up and thought staff was excellent. However, if I had to do it again, I would certainly stay elsewhere.
August 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Yogi Amazing Staff - Wonderful Hotel
Like many W Hotels, City Center in Chicago looks cool, its decor, music, and general vibe are geared toward a young demographic.
The building itself is beautiful and historic as made known by the extraordinary lobby.
Several times before I had visited W City Center, but this last time everyone went out of their way to make me feel welcome, even special.
The managers and staff are to be commended, the enthusiasm and attention of everyone from the doormen, to front desk, bell staff, (everyone) was simply amazing.
So great was this last stay that I can't wait to go back.
The hotel's location is fantastic - blocks from Willis Tower, Greek Town, a very short cab to the Art Institue, as well as most any Downtown Chicago attraction.
My only mild criticism is that the bar and restaurant are good, which is good enough, but not super.
W City Center is well worth your while.
August 15, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 Horrific attitude from service
Long day, no room service menu in my room. Went down 20 floors and hostess hands a lunch menu but boss said hes not serving it now. Got another menu. She knew next to nothing about the menu, got her boss gave him my order but he said union rules say he cant take my order.Ii had to go back to my room & call it in. I then was told my order couldnt be served in my room, union rule,, but he'd call me to come down to carry it to my room myself. Really? Im back in my room at 9 pm with no menu, starving, and away from home on my birthday no less.
August 14, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by DavidAtlanta Mediocre Customer Service - Research All Policies Before Booking
This visit was a follow-up to another trip in May 2012. I had some minor issues and hotel management contacted me and invited me to come back. I booked my room via the SPG website and this time I received an email from the concierge a week or so before my arrival, which was a nice change from last time. I didn't specifically tell them I was coming because I wanted to experience the hotel without thinking that they were treating me special because I complained once.
Well, this time they gave me a lot more to complain about (and the issues were much more substantial than last time). It started when I had to wait 2 hours for my room despite requesting an earlier check-in. I totally understand that it's really them doing me a favor based on availability and clearly they were full this weekend.
While I was waiting I had my luggage stored and then asked the concierge for help booking the Acura Experience. By the time my room was ready the Acura Experience was already full. I found out there was still some availability at the time I reached out to the concierge (and for about an hour afterward). Clearly she neglected to reach out on my behalf and I missed out.
My room was finally ready and I gave the luggage guy my ticket to have it brought to my room. But for the fact that I was standing in line waiting to follow-up with the concierge, he would have given my suitcase to another guest. I saw him bring it to them and I purposely waited to intervene to see how he handled himself. When I finally said it was my bag the guest apologized, even though it wasn't his fault and he had nothing to do with the error. The luggage guy didn't say anything and I brought my bag upstairs myself.
I really wanted to settle in quickly so I could get my trip started and start coordinating meeting friends. The employees continually reminded me that check-ins aren't guaranteed until 3:00 PM. I realize that, but it was disappointing especially since they knew about my request at least a week prior to my arrival.
There were many other issues that came up and I'll save those specific details for management to address before adding them to a review. This hotel is no longer my first choice when coming to Chicago.
August 11, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Neelie Smaller than my dorm room
If you like small hotel rooms and even smaller bathrooms then stay at this hotel. For the $300+ per night I would have expect more from a hotel. Bed was amazing and trust me that made up a little bit for the tiny, tiny room. Also if you are light sleeper stay away, as the "L" goes right past the hotel. The staff comp'd us breakfast for some check in issues and all of it was cold. Pancakes and sausage, not very good cold.
August 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by MattG Beautiful room, great staff, perfect location
From the moment I checked in until the sad moment I had to leave, I didn't have a single complaint about the hotel! The front desk staff were very helpful in resolving a minor issue with my reservation quickly and politely, the concierge gave me two GREAT recommendations when I was looking for a nice gastro-pub nearby (Gage - try it!) and a brunch spot (Yolk - short cab away, also great), and the room was BEAUTIFUL and spacious. I couldn't ask for a better location for the Lollapalooza music festival either - only 5 blocks away! Can't wait to go back...
August 8, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by bma1214 Disappointing Stay
We had booked a one-night stay at W City Center for an in-town wedding in July. We arrived at 2:30pm and were told that we'd have to wait until 3pm since that is the official check-in time. However, even at 4pm, they kept informing us that they didnt have any rooms available (this is despite receiving 4 confirmation emails from the hotel the week before). Finally, after speaking to them for the third time and emphasizing that we had a reception to attend, we got a room at 4:15pm (and barely made it to the 5pm reception across town). The next day when I reviewed the bill, I noticed that they had overcharged us by $500. I had to spend 10mins trying to sort this out. My husband and I have stayed at the W City Center several times before (and at other Starwood properties in the US and overseas) and this has by far been the most disappointing stay to-date!
August 5, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by KKRCA Great Staff & Location, Rooms Are on the Smaller Side
I stayed here for the past three weeks due to the convenient location and great staff. It's located in the middle of the loop, which is very convenient to many corporate offices nearby. Furthermore, the staffs deliver fast service and are very attentive.
On the other hand, the hotel itself is just average. The basic room (Wonderful) size is rather small and the interior design makes it look cramped. Out of the past three week stays, I was upgraded to Spectacular room (which is a larger version of the basic room, but not a suite). However, during my check in yesterday, I was only "upgraded" to a higher floor Wonderful (basic) room, which was very disappointing since all type of rooms were available. In addition, some of the rooms face the railways and are very noisy on the evening.
Overall, it is a decent hotel for business / corporate travelers but for family or vacation, I would try to find another hotel in the area.
July 31, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by dmiller3 Room too small
Not sure who thought of the little comfy room or whatever they call it, but a room where you cannot pass between the desk chair and the bed? and where the shower door opens in and you have to try and stretch your hand around the shower door to turn on the water (cold!)? does not make any sense
i stay at this hotel a few times a month, but will never stay in this room again!
July 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sm1096 Awesome guest relations!
From check in to check out this property gave 100%!
July 26, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sarath comfortable
It was a comfortable stay. The location is excellent as all the businesses in the financial district are easily accessible.
July 22, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by 00ChicagoVisitor00 Ok Stay
Stayed here one night for a wedding so we didn't shop around and can't say if it was worth the price or not.
The decor is trendy and the room was comfortable. I did feel nickled-and-dime over everything else though.
The room is littered with overpriced water and snacks, coffee is offered in the lobby for a limited time but isn't refilled once the carafe is empty, and no continental breakfast is offered. Not looking for a plated meal just a bagel and coffee for the trip home!
I did request the coffee pot for the room but it never arrived. Which is fine since its apparently used to brew coffee provided by the GUEST.
Also, the sliding bathroom door in our room did not close all the way. Overall, I was disappointed in the lack of amenities after the cost to stay and parking.
July 21, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by djaskin A Little Disappointed...
I was a little disappointed on this stay.
The staff was excellent as always.
However, my room was almost directly on top of the EL and therefore was quite noisy all night long. I expect a little better as a Platinum member. Also, the air conditioner made a racket when it was on. So, I had to turn it off in order to try to go to sleep.
July 13, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by MarkTexNYC Exceptional W, Amazing Property
This truly is an exceptional W. It screams all the things that a W should scream: style, innovation, comfort, sexiness and charm. The lobby itself is ethereal, and even if you're not staying here, drop in and check it out. The lobby, however, does turn into a cluster. The property must've been full during my stay because there was barely room to move and walking to the elevators required some Gladiator moves.
The Fabulous Room is, in fact, fabulous. Incredibly spacious, comfy, sexy and chic. Really impressive decor and equally impressive functionality: bed, work desk, etc.
Staff is helpful, halls are quiet, didn't hear a sound in my room the entire time even though I know they were sold out.
Lastly, close to lots of stuff - ideal location in Chicago, in my opinion. I hope to be able to stay here again.
July 10, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by MIADmom W is for Worst!
This was absolutely the worst hotel ever. Front desk staff was rude (Justin, Rick)
I provided i.d, credit card, and a printed itenerary, and staff insisted on calling my husband at work to make sure "it was ok that I checked in". Was that really necessary?
There were undisclosed fees for everything once there. $55 to park, $50 to get a room with 2 beds- reservation clearly stated there were "2 adults and one child under 17". They crammed us into a King size dorm room, then said if we needed 2 beds it would be $50 extra. They have a policy to freeze $200 on your credit card that "may take up to 30 days to replace". Ours was taken out twice and still not returned! Decor was trashy rather than classy, and mediocre as far as cleanliness. Would not reccomend this one or P-line services either!
July 9, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by ROSEBUD Fantastic!
We thought the staff went above and beyond to make our stay perfect. Great attitudes by everyone and very helpful - above and beyond! Will definitely stay here again when in Chicago.
July 5, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by ChristinaMc Staff not up to standards expected
This was our first stay at a W hotel. I was expecting first class service unfortunately some excelled and some failed. The front door and valet service was very good. Eden at the concierge was excellent. She went out of her way to be helpful. The front desk was not helpful at all. We arrived very early for check in and did not expect a room but did expect a call as to when our room would be ready. I was told I would just have to call back. We also requested a roll away when I made the reservation and was not told until later in the evening we would not receive a roll away. When we requested sheets for the chaise lounge to be used as a bed the maid service entered the room without even knocking and acted like it wasn't a big deal.
July 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Transformer First Stay at W Chicago City Center
Staff was amazing. From the doormen, to the front desk, to the room service team! All went above and beyond the call of duty.
June 26, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by CSG0 Complete lack of response from staff
The hotel's facilities are good although, as others have noted, the rooms are quite small.
The hotel staff and in particular the concierge desk completely failed to fulfill their service promise. There were numerous instances where I called or emailed the concierge desk and got ZERO response. In one particular case, I had an urgent need, called the concierge desk and was routed to voicemail but the call was never acknowledged.
I have followed up directly with the hotel manager and she, too, has been a black hole -- a complete lack of response or acknowledgement.
The physical hotel facilities are up to the usual W standards but the service was a total fail.
June 13, 2012
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