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Best Hotel Renovation: The W Chicago City Center

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December 30, 2009 at 2:33 PM | by | ()

It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2009 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year (and the decade) all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in comments below.

W Hotels started the decade all fresh and clean and they were THE HOTELS to stay at. But as we began to enter the tail end of the decade, some Ws were looking a little worse for wear.

Fortunately, W Hotels realized this as well and began to start pumping some money into their older hotels--like the W Chicago City Center which received a $35 million makeover that gussied up the guestrooms and the Living Room.

W Chicago City Center, before.

Here's how our contributor Jennifer Kester described the renos:

Prior to the renovation, one of the big problems in the guestrooms was the noise from the nearby El train. To fix that, the hotel installed soundproofed windows. The rooms were also dark, so new lighting was added, though there's a dimmer if you prefer some mood lighting. Earth tones were added, to open the room up, along with accents of navy and purple. The ceilings heights were also increased to give the rooms a more airy feel.

The hotel also tried to accommodate its business clientele by adding touches to the room like a 42-inch flatscreen TV, which is mounted on a retractable arm so you can move it around. You also can plug your laptop into the TV. Overall, the aesthetic is clean and simple.

If you don't believe us, then just look at the pictures yourself. However, it looks like the hotel is next due for a staff upgrade as TripAdvisor reviewers lament the bad service they received during their stays. Let's hope they make this a priority in 2010.

[Photo of old W rooms: TripAdvisor]

Archived Comments:

The Surrey in NYC

I also really loved The Surrey in NYC. They redid that hotel from top to bottom, putting it firmly in the 21st century but it still retains some old-school glamour.

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Hotel Renovations - An artist's Viewpoint

I'm glad to see at least hotel renovations occurring if construction has slowed. Gives hope to mural painters such as myself for possible work ahead.
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