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A Look Inside Chicago's New and Unusual Hotel Triplex

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June 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | ()

Aloft Chicago's lobby is easily the funkiest and most fun of the Triplex social spaces

We recently told you about some new hotels opening in Chicago (an ongoing trend in a city on FIRE with new hotels), including three hotels dubbed the "triplex.” That triplex—which consists of Starwood’s Aloft Chicago City Center, Marriott’s Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown River North, and Hyatt Place Chicago/River Northopened last week in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. We were there and now have a photo tour to share.

But first, let’s talk about one very cool detail: all three differently branded hotels are situated right next door to each other on the same block. Though we’ve seen this happen a time or two, such as with the Tri-Pack in NYC, it’s definitely unusual for obvious reasons; most hotels prefer a little space between themselves and the competition. But an insider tells us that the partners behind the Triplex (Friedman Properties, White Lodging and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises [which opened the restaurant Beatrix in the Aloft lobby]) saw this instead as an opportunity to collaborate and deliver a unique experience, a sort of hotel destination that appeals to different travelers.

Fairfield's bright lobby is not as bumping as Aloft's, but free hot breakfast is just upstairs from here

We like the concept as all three hotels share meeting space and offer free WiFi (hooray!), but also retain their distinct identities. Aloft is still the hipster child with the bulk of lobby action, Hyatt Place delivers the high-tech appeal and space business travelers demand and Fairfield rolls up the most bang for a family’s buck, including a free hot breakfast. Will be interesting to watch and see how the three hotel fare over time.

We found relatively comparable rates at all three hotels; Hyatt Place from $209, Fairfield Inn & Suites from $229 and Aloft from $239.

Photo: Nina Kokotas Hahn

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