W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel Review


Last month, I spent one night at the W Chicago Lakeshore hotel after my flight from CDG-ORD commenced on the last leg from my trip to Israel. My rate was $119 + taxes due to an amazing Travelzoo promotion which offered a complimentary Lake View and 20% off Bliss Spa services. I rented a car since my flight arrived late in the evening and the last thing I wanted to do was take the 45 minute CTA train to downtown and then hop on a bus to get to the hotel. Plus, I had an early 6am flight back to Los Angeles the next day and didn’t want to deal with the CTA to Chicago O Hare airport. The weather was terrible since it had just snowed the night before and it was raining heavily when I got to the hotel.

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In a desperate need in search of a lower priced parking lot, I decided to splurge on the $55 W Chicago Lakeshore valet service (no self parking available) since it was raining hard. In my case, there were plenty of lower priced lots ($30) within a 10-15 minute walk to the hotel but it was raining super hard and I had an early flight the next morning where I didn’t want to chance any more rain. I figured an extra $15 was worth the convenience.  I noticed that there was a “Text for your car” service where you can text message to request your car to be retrieved. With the $55 valet, you have unlimited in and out privileged as well. I didn’t have a chance to utilize this feature during my stay, but it’s a pretty cool feature.


There is a full service Bliss Spa located at the W Chicago Lakeshore and there was a separate entrance for that right next to the main entrance of the hotel.


The lobby of the W was magnificently beautiful with stunning decor of the living room and bar area.

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During check-in, I given two 20% off Bliss Spa coupons due to the Travelzoo rate. I noticed right away that the coupons she gave me were expired in December 31, 2012 and she advised me that it would be accepted. Needless to say, I didn’t utilize the Bliss Spa on this trip since it was closed when I arrived and I had an early flight the next morning. The coupon is good for spas, facials, and even merchandise which is a great deal.


The front desk agent was friendly and cheery and advised me that there were no suite upgrades available since it was sold out. I chose 500 Starpoints as my Platinum amenity and free-wifi was available for Platinum guests. I booked a standard room and was happy to see I was given a high floor with views of the lake and Navy Pier. The standard room was pretty spacious with a king bed and a comfortable plush lounge chair where you can stretch out your entire leg.

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The bathroom contained the usual Bliss amenities with a free bottle of Evian water.

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The best part of the hotel was the magnificent view of the Chicago Lakeshore and Navy Pier from the comfort of my own room.

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I checked out the next morning and the valet pulled up my rental car while I waited in the outside lounge area.


I highly recommend staying at this hotel if you want friendly service,  great Platinum recognition, clean comfortable rooms, and blazing fast WiFi. If it weren’t for the $119 rate, I would’ve stayed elsewhere like the moderately priced and often under $100 Tremont Magnificent Mile hotel or even a Starwood property near the airport. I’ve always wanted to try out all the W hotels and will jump on deals when rates are under $150.

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4 Comments on "W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel Review"

  1. FYI, if you stay at this hotel from Memorial Day through Labor Day you’ll be treated to some spectacular views of the Navy Pier fireworks displays that take place every Wednesday and Saturday. A good reason to book one of those lakefront rooms!

  2. So by great plat recognition you mean what exactly? I see nothing in this “everything is great”post that indicates they recognized you beyond wifi and breakfast both of which are pretty consistent. No upgrade. Did you check online to see if they were spld out or are you taking their word for it? This just reads like a hotel written ad.

    • yeah, the hotel was sold out of suites. If the standard suite was available and they didn’t upgrade me, I would definitely have fought it. Great Platinum recognition at check-in- meaning the front desk agent acknowledged that I was a Platinum guest and gave me the whole benefits speech without me having to ask for anything. Hotel ad? I think not- I paid for this hotel on a travelzoo a non-refundable rate, all the opinions are my own. Thanks for reading

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