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The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago

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Joliet, Illinois
Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

Greeted at entrance by helpful doorman, escorted in & given directions to take elevator to 5th floor. Striking decor as we entered the lobby, no wait at reception desk. We were offered a complimentary glass of champagne at the front desk. Walked past the bar & lounge on the way to the room elevator. Quality bedding, amenities available in bathroom,...

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Reviewed 30 January 2017

Yes, the location of The Gwen is in a great area, filled with many shops, foodie havens, and within walking distance of many of the museums. We had read a lot of the reviews about the hotel prior to making our reservation. Many of them were unflattering, however I have traveled quite a bit, to many different cities, and this...

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Marcus C, Director of Sales at The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago, responded to this review

Hello - Thank you for the wonderful feedback. We are thrilled you hear you had a wonderful stay. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Warm regards, Gwen Hotel

Orland Park, Illinois
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great getaway hotel for a quick trip downtown with my wife. Close to everything. WE Ubured when we needed to get to Lincoln Park area and it was only about $15. Great lobby bar on the 5th floor. Happy hour specials 4--6pm.

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Dallas, Texas
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had a wonderful stay at the Gwen this past weekend. It was my first time and Chicago and the location was perfect. We stayed in one of the new renovated rooms and it was beautiful and spacious. The lobby is also gorgeous. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

Thank Charmd214
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Like so many Chicago visitors I was coming for a conference at the Hyatt Regency. I didn't want to stay there (again) as I find the hotel lackluster and somewhat removed from activities. Searched and found The Gwen. I love a newly renovated hotel and with some trepidation about whether I'd get a new or old room, I decided to...

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los angeles
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Yes, it's luxurious...Yes, the rooms are nice and the staff are really nice.... BUT............... When you come into a Luxury Hotel with 3 huge bags and a backpack you would expect someone to help you with the door... Strike 1..as I was struggling to get in someone finally saw me and helped I was more than half way in... Strike...

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Evansville, Indiana
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

This was our first visit to this hotel after the renovation and new owner. This hotel is a great location as it is connected to Nordstrom's via a couple routes. It is marketed and with its renovations is considered a luxury hotel at a luxury price. The decor and atmosphere is definitely top notch and beautiful. However, we had a...

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Saint Louis, Missouri
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the atmosphere, most of the staff were really friendly, I had one complaint about a staff member referring to my weight and how close my room was for the gym. That didn't ruin my experience but I made sure management was aware. However the hotel itself is very comfortable and very clean. It also has a nice spacious...

1Thank Alison M
Grand Blanc, Michigan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall the experience was negative but there are some good things as well. First: the lobby is beautiful and is a good first impression. The room was clean, neat and tasteful. The best thing about the hotel may be the location, right on the magnificent mile and close to transit. Parking is a little pricy but there are multiple cheaper...

1Thank hna44
Management response:

Dear hna44, Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us during your recent travels to Chicago. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our newly renovated guest rooms and public spaces. Although the billing discrepancy effected your overall experience at the hotel negatively, we hope that you will return again in the future. Your comments have been...

Belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic hotel in a fantastic location in this great city! Rooms are huge with spa like bathrooms with seperate shower and deep tub, Bose sound systems in the rooms and beds so comfy you dont want to get up! Also for a downtown hotel right inthe center of everything the noise from outside almost zero! adding to your great sleep...

Thank Mark M

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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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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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: €169 - €640 (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
#45 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
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“Stayed in room 1413 and it had a nice view facing North along Michigan ave.”
 of 5 bubbles JoeK562, 27 Mar 2017 | Read review
“We loved room 1221!!!!”
 of 5 bubbles 522melissaz, 12 Mar 2017 | Read review
“ask for a room with a view”
 of 5 bubbles KimD57, 5 Feb 2017 | Read review
“I can't speak for other floors, but the 17th floor had an amazing view of the city!”
 of 5 bubbles andjen1234, 30 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Floors above 5th have better views of the city.”
 of 5 bubbles 431robynb, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
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