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Chicago’s ACME Hotel Company Does It Right for Young Hipster Coolios and Technos

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May 8, 2012 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Spy lava lamps, historic archways, and illuminated shuttered doors to nowhere in the ACME Hotel lobby.

Back in February we reported on a new boutique hotel coming to Chicago that looked to be every bit an ACE-inspired knockoff.

The ACME Hotel Company recently opened its doors and after stopping by to check it out last week, we’re excited to share that hipsters won’t have to settle for rugged here. In fact, Millenial cool monsters and techno geeks will love the atmospheric, urban ACME for delivering just the right mix of rock, tech and luxe.

Start in the lobby of the ACME, where the hotel builds upon its historic Chicago digs in a cool, kitschy, old California-meets-psychedelic modern design. Once the hotel’s neighboring resto opens in about a year, the hotel plans to transform the space even more by opening up some of the archways right into the eatery and planting a bar in the back. All good stuff, though we hope they’ll hang on to the lava lamps and sheep painting.

Music fanatics will find every excuse to ride the elevators at the ACME, where a genius assortment of original LP jackets paints the back wall. Boston, The Clash, MGMT and Florence & The Machine were among the stellar selection in our car.

Inside the rooms, we couldn't miss some tame ACE inspiration in the canvas wall art, hangers sans closets and a youthful design. But ACME remains unique in the way it speaks to a need for more luxury. We’re not talking Waldorf-Astoria or Trump Chicago luxury, but modern furnishings and plusher linens that lend a more comfortable vibe than ACE’s rugged – though arguably more original – style.

Still, ACME’s originality shines in sweet, high-tech touches. In our last review we mentioned the Bowers & Wilkens Zeppelin audio systems, and the Apple and HDMI connections to stream your own movies to 46” LED TVs, but our latest, fav discovery is the giant lip-stained nightlight built into the bathroom mirror. There’s also a cool robe to sport while waiting for your morning coffee delivery, which you can schedule ahead of time (service coming soon).

More soft goods (think meeting space and fitness center) are coming to ACME by the end of May and the lobby and neighboring restaurant will be finished in the Fall of 2012, but we like what we see so far. The vibe is techy, urban, young and smart – definitely a fresh face on the Chicago hotel scene. Grab up some great rates while ACME makes the transition to completion and offers an opening special of 25% off rates that start at $159.

Photos: Nina Kokotas Hahn

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