First Look: The JW Marriott Opens After $396 Million Renovation Combines History With Modern Amenities

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Occupying legendary Chicago architect Daniel Burnham’s historic Continental & Commercial National Bank Building in Chicago’s bustling financial district, the JW Marriott Chicago opened last weekend and features exquisite neoclassical design. Throughout the new property, staff will provide every convenience guests desire. Whether it is room service after a late flight, catering in a meeting room, the use of the 24-hour executive business and fitness centers, laundry and dry cleaning services seven days a week or housekeeping always being on call—the hotel offers the highest level of personal service that guests deserve.

All 610 guest rooms have 10-foot ceilings with handcrafted crown molding and spacious bathrooms clad in Italian marble, featuring stand alone tubs; separate marble showers; expansive mirrors; terry bathrobes and world class toiletries.

VALEO, the 20,000-square-foot spa is a first-of-its-kind wellness center combining fitness facilities, traditional and non-traditional spa services and myriad personal care options to both guests and Chicagoans alike. VALEO—the Latin meaning ‘to be strong, powerful, well, influential’— reflects not only the name but the entire purpose behind the space and will focus on lifestyle portability. The  Clarity Chamber™is a modern approach to the ancient Greek and Roman bathing rituals or Turkish baths—inside the stone-appointed space, guests enter an atmosphere of complete warmth, where heat radiates through a working fireplace, warm benches and a central marble “belly” stone.
The Florentine, the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant is the newest concept from internationally acclaimed BLT Restaurant Group, offers a seasonal and substantial menu of Italian-American fare with a distinct Chicago sensibility. Corporate Executive Chef Rodelio Aglibot and Executive Chef Todd Stein, of Sunda and mk fame respectively, showcase the top imported Italian pastas, cheeses, salts and meats as well as ingredients from local and organic farms.

151 W. Adams. 312.660.8200.

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