Take a look at the inside of the new JW Marriott and savor it, folks, because it will probably be a very long time before another hotel like this is built in Chicago. Yesterday, Curbed Chicago was granted a sneak peek inside some of the guest rooms and common areas, as workers scrambled to put the finishing touches on the 610-room Loop hotel. Save for a final coat of paint in a few places and some artwork that's waiting to be hung, the lobby and ballrooms are finished, and they look pretty grand. The hotel will be located on the lower 12 floors of a 21-story Daniel Burnham-designed building at 151 W. Adams St. (or 208 S. LaSalle St., if you prefer).
Originally, the Adams Street side of the building contained a four-story-tall atrium with a massive barrel-vaulted ceiling. To build out the new hotel, JW Marriott added new floors where the atrium once was, but the vaulted ceiling was kept, and acoustic tiling was added to it. The artwork outside the ballrooms and elsewhere in the hotel makes an overt nod to Burnham, referencing his Plan for Chicago. We also popped in The Florentine, a new Italian restaurant from the BLT Restaurant Group, that will be housed in the hotel, where the new staff was training. The only area of the hotel that will be behind schedule is the lower level pool and spa facilities, but both areas should be ready by the end of the year. The 20,000 square-foot Valeo spa will be one of the city's largest, and it will include extra large benches to accommodate athletes and other very large guests. The hotel is scheduled to open next Thursday, Nov. 11.
· Official website: JW Marriott Chicago [JW Marriott]
· The Florentine, Todd Stein's New Spot, Set for Nov. 11 Open [Eater Chicago]
· New $400 mil. Loop Marriott aims for high end [Sun-Times]