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W Chicago Lakeshore Is Getting A Major Renovation, Um, Soonish

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January 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM | by | Comment (1)

Billed as the only downtown Chicago hotel that overlooks Lake Michigan, W Chicago Lakeshore boasts views of the "sparkling lakefront and Chicago's glittering skyline" on its website. True, but the interior view may be a little less, shall we say, shiny. Don't fret, W diehards: That's all about to change.

On TripAdvisor, a user called Seattle97010 titled his June 2013 review of the property "Renovation Ready," and noted the "shabby condition" of its rooms. (Look, he did say the "restaurant was great, though.") In response, a W rep apologized and promised: "we will be going through a complete renovation and redesign soon." When will it be finished? The jury's still out. Drive-bys confirm that there is in fact some scaffolding and construction equipment outside the hotel—always a good sign—and another W spokesperson told us that renovations should be done by the end of the year.

We were able to dig up the architect's name (thank you, Archinet), and it appears that Josh Held Design will be tackling the renovation. A quick peek at the firm's online portfolio showed us that much of its work has a vibrant, Vegas-glam vibe (see: Sushi Samba Chicago.) But there were also some properties that had more of an understated look.

Which of these vibes will enshroud the new W Chicago, and when will be able to see for ourselves? Time will tell, and we'll tell you, too—just as soon as we get more details.

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Popped my W cherry

This was the first W Hotel I stayed in and I was wowed with everything it had. The grassy wave shaped lawn, everything started with 'W' and a bathroom screen that slid shut instead of a boring old door. While this was years ago, I'm happy to see that this property is getting some love. Bringing the US-based Ws up to speed with the rest of the world is very exciting and I can't wait to see the big reveal!

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