W Chicago Lakeshore
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... meats being sold by the pound, thereby forcing us to do some quick calculations of the weight required, there are no cuts with recognisable names such as scotch fillet. After some discussion with two very helpful butchers we ascertained that we wanted a piece of 'eye of the round'. This cut, however, had been sold out. The next best thing was apparently 'top of the round', so we settled for a piece of that, a little over two pounds in weight - it cooked up ...
... many apple, pear and nashi (Asian pears, they are called here) trees were laden with fruit; as were many of the heirloom tomato varieties. Kale is popular in salads and juices in Chicago, and there were a number of varieties of it planted in the vegie boxes. All vegetables were planted alongside marigolds, nasturtiums and herbs following companion planting principles. At 1:00pm we made our way back to the gardens' entrance to take our seats for ...
... but much more modern in its design. The pavilion is classified as an artwork rather than a building to avoid legal restrictions that exist on buildings over a certain height within the park. Today was the first day of the 35th Chicago Jazz Festival, a free festival held every year over the Labor Day weekend. There had apparently been a couple of concerts elsewhere during the day; we had watched a man pushing a double bass through the city streets around lunchtime but had not ...
My flight out of Lexington arrived in Chicago 15 minutes after my connecting flight to Germany left. It is so frustrating to have barely missed it, knowing if we hadn't sat around so long, I could have made it. My phone already had a call from United saying they had booked me on the next flight to Germany, leaving at the same time on Saturday, the same day I was supposed to be enjoying a tour of a castle in Heidelberg, Germany.
After standing in line ...
... both are studying Environmental stuff (one policy, one engineering)
First is Manar, studying at University of Pittsburgh - the city of Steel(ers). I think during the 8hour ride from Pittsburgh to Chicago, we spoked, laughed and teased each other more than the next three days with all other people combined. We just had a very good understanding of each other, got each others jokes and irony and sarcasm was the dogma! Great :). And of course thanks for giving me ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews W Chicago Lakeshore
Good service hit and miss
We went there for our fist anniversary, and had a huge mixup with a bottle of champagne I ordered ahead of time for my husband. After waiting for 2 hours, and calling the concierge several times, the champagne arrived. They said it was on the house, and sorry for the trouble, but still charged us for it (on our credit card). Otherwise, it was fun to lounge with the beautiful people, but you got sick of it after awhile because you needed a whole face of makeup on just to go to the lobby. LOVED the room. LOVED the bed. Very feng shui oriented, very comfotable and comforting. GREAT location too!
Stay some where eles!!!
Don't waste your time! Hotel is OLD and Dark. Dark, Dark. Rooms are very small with olny a shower. Parking was near $40.00 a day. The beach across the highway with no path to get you there. The Hallways were lined with lint and paper. Save your money and time and go to the Marriott.
Very Hip W
This is not your average hotel. Asian inspired decor yet very comfortable. The feather beds and pillows are to die for but remember to turn down the temp- they get very hot. The shower is one of those rain-type showers which I don't prefer and the bathrooms have slatted doors which are lacking in the privacy department. However, the service was friendly and prompt. The much talked about Whisky Sky bar on the top floor was a very busy, very small but good drinks. Good location-next to Navy Pier and only about 10 min walk to Michigan Ave shops. Overall nice hotel but very expensive-even down to the bottled water-only Norway's Voss spring water available at $4-$8.
This well-maintained ultra-hip hotel is great for The Beautiful People who frequent it -- but not for families with children. It's a long walk from the attractions on Michigan Avenue (Nike, American Girl, Disney, etc.) and it's clear that children are not welcome in the pool area (where people seem always to be doing laps or lounging, and they're not averse to telling children to be quiet!). The rooms are tiny (showing the Days Inn earlier incarnation of the property) and not enough space for more than two persons. Bathrooms are small as well (and one can see from the bathroom to the bedroom though the slats in the blind). The lines for elevators at peak times are frustrating, and the restaurant is not a place you'd want to take the kids for a burger and fun. The candy (and condoms) are not locked up in any mini-bar -- they're just there for kids to grab. A box of Oreo cookies is $6.50! It's a fine place for mature guests -- almost like a stylish club. The fact that Intimacy Kids are sold in the room says something about the intended clientele.
I would have to say our overall stay at the hotel was very pleasant.
I reserved a room online for ONE night, for New Years Eve, when we went to check-in I was told at the front desk that our reservations MIGHT have been canceled over the phone. I had not canceled the reservation.
I have to say this was the most amazing hotel I have stayed in. The W was ultra trendy, but not in a disgusting way but enough so that you know you are getting your money's worth. Also, the bed was the most comforttable bed. Definitely not your average hotel bed, the beds at the W have feather beds, down blankets, and down pillows. This hotel was fun and comfortable.
Great view of the lake and convenient location!
Stayed in a lovely room overlooking the lake. Only a 5-10 minute walk to Navy Pier or Michigan Ave shopping. I had 3 pre-teen nieces with me and they thought it was very hip...wouldn't recommend as a 'family' place though. Caters to young and trendy party crowd. Getting to our room on upper floor was a pain on weekend nights with long lines of people waiting for elevator up to bar. We had people who were drunk and obnoxious on the elevator and outside our room at 3 am. Hotel staff provided excellent service.
We booked over a week in advance and called again to confirm, yet there was not a room available for us when we arrived. We had to settle for another room (not what we wanted) and waited for 45 minutes.
Simply --wild--not your regular Holiday Inn
Hotel --by day and a party by night --excellent service and great beds---the best beds....period--Actually turns into a party at night and people wait in line outside to goto the Whiskey Bar on the 33rd floor--don't worry about noise there was none--solid built and new wave rooms--plenty security, fast elevators and the best service..