An elegant downtown Chicago gem

In a city packed with architectural gems, JW Marriott Chicago manages to elegantly stand out. The 1914 building designed by the famed Daniel Burnham was once a bank (you can still see the grand domed ceiling in the Burnham Ballroom) and retains its original charm alongside modern updates.

The marble lobby is simply stunning with two winding staircases flanking each side, and it hums both day and night as locals and visitors fill The Lobby Lounge for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can also dine at The Florentine, a rustic-chic Italian restaurant on the second floor. The 610 rooms are contemporary and comfortable with oversized bathrooms; the 20,000-square-foot spa and wellness center is located on the lower level (go for a luxe treatment in the modern Turkish-style hammam).

Located in the Financial District in Chicago’s Loop, the hotel serves as a base for business-minded guests looking to eat and sleep in laidback luxury.