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The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago

Karl Klockars
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Why We Love It

  • This AAA 4-Diamond hotel reflects its ritzy surroundings with upscale amenities and luxurious decor
  • Wi-Fi is free in all rooms, which also feature extensive pillow choices and premium bath amenities
  • Even the gym is an experience, with complimentary earbuds, fresh fruit and chilled towels
  • A shoppers dream -- the Gwen is connected to the Shops at Northbridge and steps from the many high-end stores of Michigan Avenue

"A Jazz Age gem on Michigan Avenue" -- Forbes Travel Guide

83% (42 Member Ratings)

"Beauty of the hotel"
Aug 23, 2016
Crystal Lake, IL, United States


Map & Directions

The Gwen is located just two blocks (about a five-minute walk) from the Grand Street stop on the CTA's Red Line. The Red Line can't be directly accessed by the Blue Line (from O'Hare) or the Orange Line (from Midway), but both lines are a short walk to the Lake or Monroe stops in the Loop. Valet parking is available for $69 per night. 

Rooms & Rates

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Just off Chicago's famous Magnificent Mile, The Gwen (formerly the Conrad Hotel) is a AAA 4-Diamond bastion of elegant design suited to its upscale surroundings. Located in a landmark skyscraper built in 1929, The Gwen is Chicago's first Luxury Collection property and reflects the style of its namesake, artist and sculptor Gwen Lux.

Guestrooms are tailored to individual preference including a "sleep menu" with a choice of seven different kinds of pillows featuring relaxing aromatherapy scents or full-body options. Bathrooms feature marble touches, oversized showers and deep soaking tubs; basic Wi-Fi is free in all rooms with upgraded speeds available for a fee. The gym at this hotel has a host of extras, including complimentary earbuds, fresh fruit, chilled towels and, of course, state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

Beyond the hotel, guests can explore the ritzy neighborhood's shopping and dining -- the hotel is connected to the Shops at North Bridge Mall and is steps from the Mag Mile's Nordstrom's outlet and the Italian dining superstore Eataly. In fact, the hotel can actually arrange to have items from the Shops at North Bridge brought into the hotel for you to try on, turning your hotel room into your fitting room. 

Note that the Gwen is undergoing some renovations to update the 5th-floor bar and restaurant, but floors that are being updated on have been completely closed off and guests are unlikely to be impacted. Visitors staying through April receive complimentary breakfast on the 10th floor while work is ongoing. 

From the press: 
  • "A Jazz Age gem on Michigan Avenue" -- Forbes Travel Guide
  • "Euro sleek, urban chic" -- Lonely Planet
  • "This Luxury Collection property exudes an old-school sumptuousness" -- U.S. News &  World Resort



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • Pet-friendly
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Complimentary shuttle service
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Business center
  • Safe in reception
  • ATM
  • Baby-sitting service (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Slippers
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children under 21 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding. Cot/crib available on request, free of charge, for children aged 3 or under. Rollaway available on request: $25 per night for one older child or adult. No doubles due to fire code.

Pets: Pets are allowed (maximum weight: 50 pounds) on request and will be charged a $75 cleaning fee per stay.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: 5th floor lobby/bar/restauarant closed for enhancements. Front Desk currently in the motor lobby, and restauarant/lounge on the 10th floor with complimentary continental breakfast offered to all registered guests during property enhancements. Guests have experienced no construction noise thus far, as the area under construction is a separate building from guestrooms.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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42 Member Reviews
(83% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: Beauty of the hotel
Todd Aug 23, 2016 Crystal Lake, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most: Beautiful
Other Comments: Customer service, miscommunications, double room not ready- pushed us into a king, never called about a double being ready like promised, promised a cot- never came, asked again- was told you can't have one. Spoke with manager she said she set aside another room for us next night (hand written note) called down no one knew what I was talking about and then was told sorry were sold out and not moving you... Got the ring around big time and it was embarassing how many times I had to re tell my story to each staff member.
Kayla Aug 22, 2016 Canton, MI, United States
Enjoyed Most: Everything
Linda Apr 10, 2016 Chesterton, IN, United States
Enjoyed Most: I can't pick one particular item so I'll list all of the pros: location was fantastic, parking just across the street, extremely friendly staff, very comfortable beds, great bathroom layout for two or more people (toilet area separate), wonderful fitness room with chilled towels to cool you down during your workout and a full continental breakfast with beautiful fresh fruit. My cons were the pancakes were ice cold the morning we enjoyed breakfast and the day we were to check out room service came knocking three different times until I finally put in a call to say we were checking out at noon.
Julie Apr 05, 2016 Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States
Enjoyed Most: Location
Lynn Apr 05, 2016 Merrillville, IN, United States
Enjoyed Most: One bellman was very courteous and greeted us kindly. The other hotel staff ignored us other than during check-in.
Other Comments: The room amenities, particularly the bathroom design (water from the shower everywhere!) and lackluster, dated furniture. The staff was also nonexistent. Housekeeping brought us slippers when requested but left a piece of trash on the bed! The gentleman my husband spoke with when dialing 0 to notify we were vacating the room on time (we had requested a one hour later check out) was incredibly rude. I tried to temper the experience with the fact we got a decent deal through TV but was all around completely underwhelmed. Too many other incredible options off the Mag Mile to return.
Tamara Apr 04, 2016 Arlington Heights, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most: The extremely comfortable bed and bedding. The breakfast was also excellent
Derek Apr 03, 2016 San Diego, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Room
Lance Apr 01, 2016 Chicago , IL, United States
Enjoyed Most: Our room was lovely and ultimately it should be a great place if they get their service act together.
Other Comments: Our first night, the security access to our room was not working so the key card would not open the door. We returned to our room around 10 PM and ended up waiting nearly 90 minutes for them to send someone to re-program the door. The only place to wait was their temporary bar/lounge. They comped us for part of the bar bill, but we felt that should have picked up the tab at a minimum. The next day we called for our car from valet from our room. After a 30 minute wait in the lobby we discovered they had never informed the valet. It was a busy weekend, but we noticed in the lobby other people having problems, long lines, etc. This was definitely NOT work premium luxury hotel prices.
DiAnn Mar 31, 2016 Minnetonka, MN, United States
Enjoyed Most: Location. The proximity to various prime spots in Chicago.
Nikhil Mar 29, 2016 Auburn, AL, United States

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