The Dana is a newish, boutique hotel...well located only three short blocks from Michigan Avenue in the heart of the prime shopping district and close to public transportation. It sits on a tiny footprint, with only about 10-12 rooms per floor. While the hotel has all the trappings of a trendy, too-cool-for-even-itself property, it has NONE of that vible (except, perhaps, in the dark, rooftop bar that was filled with twenty-somethings when we popped up for a look one evening). Bell, check-in and concierge staff are casual, super friendly and always helpful with multiple requests. The room was warm contemporary in decor, spacious, equipped with all of today's gadgets and featured a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling window (no special view...but good city perspective; black-out shades were great). Seriously comfortable beds with crisp, white linens and down or synthetic-down comforters. An abundance of pillows. Flat-screen TV. Keurig coffee maker and all the fixings. Wine and other beverages in the fridge (relatively reasonably priced, surprisingly). Lots of plugs for charging devices. Bath is good size (only one sink...but enough counter space for two to share). Shower is huge and has a rain-head and hand spray. Beware...the back shower wall is all glass and faces into the bedroom. You have to pull the curtain in the bedroom before you go into the bathroom if you don't want to shower on display to your roommate and/or those who live in the apartments across the street (we heard funny stories).. Must confess that we sorely missed having an in-room bathtub or, even better, a hotel Jacuzzi on the cold afternoons/evenings when we returned from our excursions (would have used it every day). With a full-service spa in the building, you might think they'd at least have a Jacuzzi guests could use. But no. A magnifying make-up mirror hung face height on the wall would be a nice addition, too. The dressing/closet area lighting is dim. And with the shower "window" opening into the bedroom, any lights turned on in the bath at night spill out into the bedroom. Also, when the bathroom's sliding door (which does not lock) is open, the closet is inaccessible. Easy-to-use, huge, in-room safe for laptop+ while out and about. Only ate one meal in the restaurant. Breakfast. A bit big-city pricey and the Eggs Benedict was just o.k. (too much regular ham rather than Canadian bacon; not enough Hollandaise), but the capuccino was fabulous. Plenty of alternate places for breakfast nearby. All in all, a great stay at a fun, well-located property. We'd definitely return again...but I do hope they add a Jacuzzi somewhere accessible well into the evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- dana hotel and spa is located in downtown Chicago's River North neighborhood, known for hosting the Magnificent Mile, one of the hottest shopping streets in the US as well as some of the best restaurants, fantastic theater and exciting nightlife. This luxury boutique hotel and spa evokes a vibe that isn't about seeing and being seen - only about living in the moment. At dana hotel and spa, giving is our pleasure, and it's this fundamental yet profound principle that we practice daily. dana has been designed for living; a boutique hotel and spa in Chicago that offers an artful juxtaposition that balances the beauty of natural elements with state-of-the-art technologies, making our guestrooms and suites ideal for your lifestyle. Natural, sustainable woods, warm earth tones, and flawless details create dana, one of the most unique hotels Chicago has to offer. dana. Come as you are. ... more less
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- Dana Hotel Chicago