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W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel

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W Hotel Lakeshore

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In Brief:

The only hotel that directly overlooks Lake Michigan, the W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel is trying to be one of the coolest places to stay in Chicago. While for the most part they succeed, sometimes it feels like the hotel is trying a little too hard -- something that definitely isn't "cool."

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Room Rates:

ranging from $324-$625

Hotel Size:

520 guest rooms and suites

W Chicago Lakeshore Phone:

312-943-9200

Address:

644 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

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About the W Hotel Chicago Lakeshore:

The only hotel along Lake Michigan, W Chicago Lakeshore is near Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue shopping and several beaches. The rooftop lounge and pool is one of the most desirable and sought out destinations in this hotel, with amazing views of the city, especially at night.

Rande Gerber -- the nightclub impresario and Cindy Crawford's husband -- created Whiskey Sky, which sits on top of the hotel. W's signature restaurant, Wave, offers casual, Mediterranean cuisine, and has a plate-sharing menu for you nibblers.

W Hotels -- The Store offers its customers a wide array of the "in" merchandise ranging from ultra stylish handbags and shoes, to music CDs and down bedding. Prepare to drop $16 on a bottle of shampoo if you want to take home more than the six pack of the designer toiletries that are included sink side in every room.

Funky and fun seasonal packages vary, and it's fairly obvious they target the rich and trendy. Packages such as the "Wonder Women" or the "On the Town" offer such perks as VIP tickets, shopping cards, and bottles of Voss water.

The Lakeshore Drive location boasts Bliss, a premium spa which offers extraordinary views of the city. Sixteen treatment rooms, 4 nail stations that come complete with movies to watch, rhythm and blues music and ultra-decadent brownie buffet make this spa one of the most indulgent experiences you might have on your trip. Early spa reservations recommended.

Upscale amenities at the Lake Shore Drive location include pillow-top mattresses, goose down pillows, bicycles to ride along Lake Michigan, indoor pools, Bliss Spa, Bliss spa amenity packs, internet access, iPods (with preloaded soundtrack to compliment a walk/run along the beach), in room video and DVD libraries, SWEAT fitness center, kids menu, childcare, "Paws" program for pampered pets that includes pet turndown service and pet welcome packages, Sirius Satellite radio (available in room suites only) and a fully stocked bar.

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