This article was published on February 14th, 2016
Cookie cutter hotels can be so boring. Today’s modern, tech-savvy traveller wants to stay in a hotel that has a good vibe, is vibrant, and offers all the conveniences to keep up-to-date while on the road. The Acme Hotel in River North Chicago is all that, and more. This funky boutique hotel, in the heart of one of Chicago’s hippest areas, is where many people are now choosing to stay.
Located just a few blocks from the Magnificent Mile, on Ohio Street, the Acme Hotel is in a well-established, older neighbourhood in downtown Chicago. The funky hotel is nestled among the cool brick buildings that the area is well known for. Don’t be fooled, the hotel has been renovated, bringing it up to today’s standards, while preserving the really cool vintage vibe. It’s a great hybrid that a modern hotel could never replicate. That’s what makes boutique hotels so fun to stay at.
Rooms range from a standard king room all the way up to a double-double suite. Each room comes with a smart TV, wireless audio (yasss gurl!), wet and mini bars, and high speed WiFi. What’s more is that this property even gives you WiFi on the go. What? Yup! You can get from the front desk a portable WiFi system, which keeps you connected anywhere in the city!
Each room is unique and different. Again, this is what makes staying at a boutique hotel more fun. The bedrooms have amazingly soft beds, with crisp, white linens, with a custom made headboard. Each room has retro-inspired furniture, popping with colour. Throughout the space are fun pieces of art, from full wall murals to details like glowing lips in the bathroom mirror.
Bathrooms can often be a horror situation in some older properties, where faucets leak and the fixtures are from a bygone era. Not at the Acme Hotel. The bathrooms were completely gutted to make way for marble, tile, and glass. These contemporary bathrooms are what you would expect from a modern hotel. Because you need a clean space if you’re going to get clean yourself.
They might not talk about it, but the Acme Hotel is super gay friendly too. A sign of a good LGBT friendly hotel is that they make their LGBT guests feel a little extra special, but with the same respect and courtesies of any other guest, without going over the top. So if you’re looking for a place to go out at night, dinner recommendations, or places to shop, the gang at the front desk will help point you in the appropriate direction.
Hello Happy Hour! In addition to all this, the Acme Hotel has a kick-ass handcraft cocktail lobby bar. Paying homage to the traditions of mixology and the era of classic cocktail bars, The Berkshire Room is the social hub. This place gets hopping early in the evening.
The property also offers a full service coffee shop with fresh baked goods every morning and has a fitness centre to keep you in shape. If you’re anticipating a late night out on the town, you’ll probably want to get a ‘hair of the dog’ add-on package, which comes with two aspirin, Gatorade, and a gift card to MBurger, one of the best burger shacks in Chicago.