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“Modern Luxury at the Dana”
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dana hotel and spa
Ranked #55 of 190 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, IL
2 reviews
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“Modern Luxury at the Dana”
Reviewed 7 December 2008

My boyfriend and I stayed here on a Friday night. We requested an upper level room and were promptly placed in a corner room on the 20th floor. Our room had two walls of windows and a spectacular view. The view alone justifies the price. In addition to the view, however, the Dana room contained the single most comfortable hotel bed I have ever slept in--imported linens, king-sized bed, fluffy down comforter, a mountain of pillows.

It is strange entering the hotel through the bottom floor restaurant, but a friendly host quickly directed us upstairs to the lobby. We also checked out Vertigo, the lounge on the top floor, but it was packed at 11:30 on a Friday night, so we opted for the quiet of our room instead.

The shower is big enough for several adults and the water pressure is great. The set-up is a little strange--with just one night there, we weren't able to master showering without soaking the rest of the bathroom, as the shower does not have a door that closes, but it's still quite nice. There is only a curtain over a glass wall blocking the view of the shower/bathroom from the rest of the room, but it wasn't an issue for us.

The continental breakfast Saturday morning was impressive, as far as continental breakfasts go. There was a large room service menu available at all times of day, but we did not try it. We took breakfast back to our room and made mimosas.

Overall, the staff was friendly and competent, the ambiance was great, the furnishings were modern but comfortable, and all of that, in such a prime location, close to so much activity downtown, simply can't be beat.

  • Liked — The attention to little details, like imported Italian linens
  • Disliked — Turndown service only available in the evening hours.
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 1 December 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Dana for a Friday and Saturday night in November. We traveled to Chicago for a long weekend get away, and were looking forward to relaxation. We'll start by saying that we enjoyed many aspects of the hotel, though had a few minor issues. We checked in on Friday and requested an upper level room, hoping for nice views. We were placed on the 24th (of 26) floor, in a nicely appointed room. The bed was quite comfortable, had a plush down comforter and down pillows. The i-pod speaker system was very convenient, and definitely was a nice addition. The shower was big enough for two adults, and the bathroom as a whole was very nice. Friday night, both my husband and I were quite tired after a long work week, and wanted to rest and go to bed early. At approximately 9 pm, we began hearing rather loud, thumping bass music. We waited several hours, attempting to determine where the sound was coming from?! At 11 pm, the bass continued to be quite loud and slightly disrupting when attempting to fall asleep. My husband called down to the front desk reporting the noise and was advised they would further investigate. At 11:30, the same music continued, and we called down to the front desk again. Finally, at 12:15, my husband went in search of where the sound was coming from. At that point, he realized there was a night club on the 26th (top) floor, with music that could be heard several floors down. He requested a room transfer, and we moved (at 1 am) to the 12th floor, where it was thankfully quiet. The hotel did give us a complimentary bottle of wine, which was a nice compensation. Saturday night, many night club patrons were also in the hotel elevators, and the music was again noted to be loud on the upper floors. So, a suggestion may be to avoid the upper level rooms if you are a light sleeper, or want a quiet room atmosphere. Overall, we enjoyed the room, but personally felt like old-fogeys (we are in our early 30's?), in the trendy, chic atmosphere of the hotel.

  • Liked — The Room, furnishings, comfort
  • Disliked — The nightclub on the top floor
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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Reviewed 16 November 2008

The hotel is quietly tucked on a corner in a great location. Cab drivers had a hard time finding it, you won't find a lit marquee or a porte-cochere but a doorman will happily hold the door for you and make sure your bags get to your room. the restaurant is on the ground floor and depending on how you go up one floor you may be a litte confused. The reception desk is just a desk wih a couple of monitors and phones on it. It is different but it works.

We had a corner room, 2 walls were floor to ceiling windows, there were black out shades and sheer shades available. In the bathroom, the level of privacy is entirely up to the person left in the room....the shower stall has a glass wall that looks into the bedroom and on to the toilet....there is a curtain but it is on the room side. Enough said.

The room had a large plasma tv and speaker system for the ipod as well as free internet. the bedding was very comfortable, down pillows overall very nice.

The continental breakfast offered bagels, cereal, coffee, juice and fresh fruit.

Only drawback were the sirens, there is a firehouse or hospital nearby and they were very active through the night when we were there. I do believe we would go back again.

  • Liked — the comfort of the rooms
  • Disliked — the sirens
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
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cincinnati, ohio
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Reviewed 9 November 2008

I had a wonderful stay at the Dana Hotel. I can't speak to the size of the standard rooms because I received a complimentary upgrade to a suite upon our arrival. However, I think I would have enjoyed the hotel (almost) as much if I hadn't. The location of the hotel was excellent. Additionally, as a wine lover, the selections offered in the mini bar were the best that I have ever experienced. The staff was very nice and friendly and the complementary breakfast was a great extra.

  • Liked — mini bar
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Ft Laud FL
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2008

We stayed at the Dana for 3 nights Oct. 24th - 27th and found it to be an excellent location as well as a fun and friendly place to stay. We booked the Fall Dining Package for 1 night and it was a great deal. Dinner in AjaSteak was very good and we enjoyed the atmosphere. It also included "breakfast in bed" which was very enjoyable. We also had the opportunity to see 3 different rooms and must admit - they were all great. The corner room with 2 "walls" of ceiling to floor windows was amazing although we did not stay in it. We had a suite with one of the best showers (for 2) that we have seen in a hotel in this price range. The room was very comfortable and we loved it. The other nice advantage is that the wines (full bottles) and snacks in the room are very reasonably priced which is a nice switch from other hotels. We also loved the contemporary look of the hotel while still having a warm and inviting feel.
We had drinks upstairs at Vertigo the rooftop bar. Our experience on a Sat. night was that they had a seperate entrance outside for non-guests and people were lined up to get in but they did not come inside the hotel to get there. When we returned to the hotel in the evening there was someone standing by the elevators checking to make sure we were hotel guests before we could go in so we did not have any issues going back to our room.
All the employees were very pleasant and we have already recommended this hotel to others.

  • Liked — Location & Contemporary design
  • Disliked — Wireless internet connection while offered no charge did not work well in the room.
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Orlando
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2008

I was looking for a place to do interviews in downtown Chicago and stumbled upon the Dana on the internet. I booked it because of the price, location, and thought that it might be more interesting than the major chains where I usually stay. I was right. My avg. per night price was approx. $210.

It's a boutique hotel, very hip, with a friendly staff who was there to help but was not intrusive or overly cheery. My room was on the 22nd floor on the corner, with a great view down State St. and the Chicago theater. The living room part had two walls of floor to ceiling windows, a flat screen tv in the corner, and a fully stocked wine/beverage fridge. As a lover of wine I really appreciated this! They also had teas, coffees and some terrific little snacks, all at reasonable prices.

The bedroom was separated from the living space by sliding Japanese type doors. The bed was really comfortable, and the bathroom was wonderful. One wall of the shower is glass so if you are there with your honey you could have some fun :-). The rain shower head was amazing after a long flight to the city, and the toiletries were top notch.

If you can, try the restaurant. I had the lettuce wedge salad and sea bass entree. Both were great. And the bistro across the street is handy and has terrific ambiance and food.

All in all would recommend to anyone except those turned off by ultra-modern decor. I'll definitely stay again when in the area!

  • Liked — Just about everything
  • Disliked — I didn't have enough time to enjoy the spa!
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
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Property: dana hotel and spa
Address: 660 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654-3830
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Spa Hotel in Chicago
#24 Business Hotel in Chicago
#32 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#34 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#45 Family Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — dana hotel and spa 4*
Number of rooms: 216
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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