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The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Mark created some great specialty drinks and provided outstanding service to a group of us. Just tell him what alcohol you want and let him make one of him many creations. We had a terrific experience. A must stop if you are in the River North area Al J

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Sandusky, Ohio
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had not stayed at the Gwen property since it was a Conrad. The lobby has been updated to a modern/minimalist look which worked very well. The rest of the place is badly in need of an upgrade. The furnishings, carpets, etc. are decidedly tired and out of style. Based on a card left on the bed, renovation is ongoing--certainly...

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Iowa City, Iowa
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had stayed at the old Conrad but had not stayed since rebranded as the Gwen. I traveled to Chicago 12/2-12/4 just dad and my two year old twins. Did self park and enjoyed not having to walk outside from parking to the check in counter- self park is also very reasonably priced for the area At check in was upgraded...

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

I had a bad day and sat at the bar for a drink. Mark the bartender, made great drinks and made my night a lot better with making me feel right at home! Thank you for the experience The Gwen Hotel and your employees are excellent!!

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Los Angeles, CA
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Come see Mark Darress and Matt Hubbell at The Gwen. Great drinks, great tips on mixology. The atmosphere is great as well. Very warm environment and I recommend that you come here for pre- and post-dinner cocktails.

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Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are frequent visitors to Chicago and have stayed at the Gwen a couple of times. First time was great. Warm friendly service. Room was nice a clean w good quality linens. My most recent stay was just the opposite. Arrived w my daughter and two children for a 2 day girls day stay. Room was dulll, tired and drab....

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel was previously the Conrad Hotel which has now moved elsewhere and the Gwen is part of the Starwood Group. We have stayed for several years in a row at the former Conrad and the last 2 years at The Gwen on business. The lobby has been renovated since our last stay and is beautiful, but the rooms and...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel is in a great location. Unfortunately on my last couple of visits I have been allocated a room for disabled access and everything is far too low for someone of my height, I can't even stand under the shower because it's so low. When i have asked to change rooms they were very unaccommodating.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Big disconnect between the lobby and rooms. I was so excited when I got to the hotel thinking my room would be as nicely decorated as the lobby. I was wrong. The room was old and tired, the leather chair was peeling, the wall paper was stained and the furniture was stained and chipped. Not ok for the price. I'm...

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lobby/restaurant has a very unique vibe to it----the decor is beautiful and is definitely worth a stay for that reason alone. I have always stayed at The Drake, but ended up staying at The Gwen to appease some clients who recommended it. Loved it. Stopped down for a bite in the lobby, and ended up staying for a while because...

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Over 400 stores pack the concrete along Michigan Avenue, the eight-block stretch known as Magnificent Mile. This area between Oak Avenue and the Chicago River is more a shopping paradise than a full-out neighborhood. For prime upscale shopping, this is the place to go. It’s busy, energetic, and packed with shoppers. You'll also find hundreds of restaurants and dozens of hotels, all on the mid- to high-end scale. Some of the city’s most iconic buildings like the Wrigley Building, John Hancock Center and other architectural marvels define the magnificence of this neighborhood.
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
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The Terrace Rooftop Bar
The Terrace Rooftop Bar
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Ideally situated in the heart of the Windy City, The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago is rooted in the history and heritage of the city's Magnificent Mile, paying homage to the 1930s in both its architecture and ethos. The newest member of Starwood Hotels and Resorts' prestigious group of Luxury Collection Hotels is an artistic icon that exudes timeless style and elegance. Housed within the landmark McGraw-Hill Building, The Gwen features an Art Deco aesthetic amplified by a sculptural façade, famously created by artist Gwen Lux in 1928. The idea of a female artisan making her mark in a predominantly male design city depicts an exciting atmosphere of change. The building has been home to many stories in its illustrious past, and today The Gwen provides the ideal canvas for guests to create their own distinct memories. This 300-room hotel includes 199 King accommodations with separate soaking tubs and showers, 54 Double/Double accommodations, as well as 34 luxurious suites, including some featuring beautiful terraces overlooking Michigan Avenue. The inventory, which averages 380 square feet per guest room, includes rooms that are ADA-accessible. Guests of The Gwen can enjoy the use of plush bathrobes and slippers to make their stay more comfortable, as well as complimentary in-room basic Internet access (wired and wireless), a 42-inch flat screen television with HD stations, a surround sound system, a Keurig brewing system, and an in-room safe. Offering the best of Chicago from right outside its doors, The Gwen is located on the Magnificent Mile, minutes away from premier shopping, world-class dining, and exciting cultural and entertainment hotspots, such as Navy Pier and Millennium Park. Connected to The Shops at North Bridge, The Gwen provides guests with enclosed access to upscale retailers, such as Nordstrom Michigan Avenue, and Stuart Weitzman. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago

Address: 521 North Rush Street, at Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-3646 (Formerly Conrad Chicago)
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Magnificent Mile , Near North Side
Price Range: £92 - £409 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago 4.5*
Number of rooms: 300
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Also Known As:
Conrad Chicago Hotel Chicago
Chicago Conrad
Hotel Style:
#16 Business Hotel in Chicago
#17 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#21 Family Hotel in Chicago
#35 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
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“Get a high room with a street view. Some of our group got rooms that faced the next door building.”
 of 5 bubbles pbennett684, 26 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Avoid adjoining rooms unless you enjoy peeping toms”
 of 5 bubbles peterkD3700YK, 25 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Don't count on an upgrade, even if you have great status - even a larger room or better view will require you to book it outright”
 of 5 bubbles 227taylerf, 3 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Higher floors are quieter.”
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“All the rooms are nice”
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