Won’t you please come to Chicago?
And here I am in the JW Marriott Chicago checking out the hotel for a few days. This is a FAM trip, the travel industry term for media visits, where press gets hosted by the hotel, wined and dined. Going beyond staying at a hotel to actually sharing the types of experiences you can have at a hotel provides more insight to these destinations.
JW Marriott Chicago invited a handful of journalists and social media types to check out the hotel this week. I am happy to get the opportunity to share some of the JW Marriott Chicago experiences with readers that I would not be writing about otherwise with my not-so-deep Loyalty Traveler pockets.
Upon Arrival: My name is …
Upon arrival from Chicago O’Hare the taxi driver was thinking I might be a celebrity or some VIP when the JW Marriott Chicago doorman greeted me by name. I told the driver he read the name off the big BoardingArea-Loyalty Traveler business card on my computer bag.
I think you need good eyesight to be a high-end hotel doorman.
What did catch me by surprise though is the two other staff people in the lobby who greeted me by name as I walked to the front desk.
These people are wired. I mean the guys in the lobby look like secret service types with their ear pieces. Obviously they are in communication with each other.
Safety is their concern
Security is a feature I have always associated with the high-end Marriott hotels. I make this association due to the fact that I have been kicked out of more Marriott hotels than any other hotel chain for walking around taking photos when I was not a guest at the hotel. That comes with the territory of being a spontaneous hotel drop-in blogger.
This past year I have been much better about actually requesting appointments and introducing myself at the front desk of hotels when I arrive to check a new hotel out.
Feels nice to be a welcomed guest at JW Marriott Chicago.
Security is a significant concern for a major city hotel like JW Marriott Chicago. This is the kind of hotel that regularly hosts captains of industry, celebrities and heads of state.
The city of Chicago recently hosted the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates April 23-25, 2012. Several of the attendees stayed at the JW Marriott Chicago. And the Nato Summit comes to town May 20-21. Police presence is heavy all around this financial district part of Chicago.
This Suite is for You
So what kind of hotel room do you get when you are someone like His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama or President Mikhail Gorbachev?
Here are photos of three specialty suites at JW Marriott Chicago just in case you care to see what a 2,000 square feet suite hotel contains.
Foyer of La Salle Suite, JW Marriott Chicago
Living room of La Salle Suite, JW Marriott Chicago
Living room of La Salle Suite, JW Marriott Chicago.
LaSalle Suite Bedroom
LaSalle Suite bedroom tv.
Deep tub in La Salle Suite, JW Marriott Chicago.
The simple elegance of the La Salle Suite apparently accommodated the Dalai Lama for the Nobel Peace Laureate Summit.
All rooms at the JW Marriott Chicago have both a tub and a separate shower. The shower stall is shown in McCormick Suite photos below.
McCormick Suite at JW Marriott
La Salle Suite is simple elegance, but what does a former head of state like President Clinton need in a hotel suite?
Perhaps more room space.
McCormick Suite living room at JW Marriott Chicago
McCormick Suite office at JW Marriott Chicago.
Dining table in McCormick Suite JW Marriott Chicago.
A dining room is more functional with an en suite kitchen.
McCormick Suite living room and office and entry foyer.
McCormick Suite bedroom at JW Marriott Chicago.
Bedroom TV corner in McCormick Suite, JW Marriott Chicago.
Left door is toilet, right is dual head shower, dual sinks and TV embedded in mirror.
Soaking in the tub staring at giraffes might be more relaxing than a shower.
The McCormick Suite is nice, but my personal favorite is the Lincoln Suite.
Lincoln Suite, JW Marriott Chicago
The Lincoln Suite really appealed to me as a comfortable social living space. Now if only it would come at a LivingSocial room rate.
Lincoln Suite living room at JW Marriott Chicago.
Lincoln Suite dining room at JW Marriott Chicago.
Lincoln Suite kitchen at JW Marriott Chicago.
Library corner in Lincoln Suite.
Office space in Lincoln Suite.
Lincoln Suite hallway art.
Lincoln Suite bedroom.
The bathroom in the Lincoln Suite is similar to McCormick Suite.
JW Marriott Experiences
These photos share a little of the suite life at the JW Marriott Chicago. I’d love to say that I spent the night in one of these suites, but I didn’t. The opportunity to check out these suites was just one of the treats during this trip.
The standard room where I stayed was on the 12th floor Executive lounge floor; the top hotel floor in the 21-story Daniel Burnham design building. Even the standard rooms of the JW Marriott Chicago have plenty of fine features for a comfortable stay.
I commend JW Marriott for exemplary service levels during my stay. The hotel truly provided outstanding service, even from staff who likely did not know I would be writing about my stay at the hotel.
Also, a field trip tour of two Frank Lloyd Wright houses with guides from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust provided plenty of material for a good architecture style post.
This JW Marriott Chicago visit has definitely been experiential.