W Lakeshore is a quintessential W Hotel: stylish and modern with great amenities. It overlooks Lake Michigan, hence, the amazing views. It is steps away from Navy Pier and also within walking distance to Magnificent Mile.
The hotel underwent a total makeover a couple years ago and the new interiors reflect its lakefront location. The overall design is vibrant and open. The hotel also has a very social vibe with a centrally located Lobby Bar and a restaurant with an open layout called Current. There are also circular pods in the lobby area where guests can hang out and have drinks. I tried Current for a late night grub and I thought the food was really good. The service was attentive too. The lobby also has a beverage station where they set up coffee and teas in the morning and infused water for the rest of the day.
W Lakeshore also has a decent size fitness centre and a heated indoor pool next to it. Another neat feature of the hotel is the deck located on the 7th floor right next to the pool. It’s a cool spot that offers great views of the lake and Navy Pier. There is also a 9,600 square foot Bliss Spa at the hotel that’s perfect for pampering or for the weary travelers.
The rooms are spacious and bright. Even better if you get a room facing the lake! The designs of the rooms are consistent with the rest of the hotel. The rooms use a lot of greys and metallic materials that are paired with bright pops of colours. I really liked the large desk in front of the TV that allowed me to charge my gadgets easily. The bathroom was also a good size and featured Bliss toiletries including a Bliss facial wash!
Besides the view, the location of the hotel is probably its best feature. The hotel is located in Chicago’s Streeterville neighbourhood. Like I’ve mentioned, the hotel is just steps away from Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s premiere attractions. The lakefront trail is just across the hotel, which is perfect for morning runs, or sunset strolls. If shopping is your activity of choice, Magnificent Mile is also nearby. There you’ll find the best shopping experience in the city.
- The hotel offers great views of the lake, especially at sunrise.
- Location is fantastic and is close to the major attractions such as the Nay Pier and Magnificent Mile
- The vibrant design of the hotel complements its location