If Acme were a beer, it would be a Pabst Blue Ribbon. While other hotels in this section could be compared to clubs or lounges, Acme is a cool hipster bar, and I mean that in the best possible way. Some hotels have fine art behind the front desk, Acme has graffiti art. Throughout the hotel, which is locally owned, a funky but accessible vibe emanates, from its nightlights—glowing lip prints on the bathroom mirrors—to its chalkboard door fixture, which you can make into your own note, be it “do not disturb” or something less practical. Rooms are all art-splashed, with hardwood floors, a giant handprint on the headboard, and mid-century modern furniture and lamps. Foot for foot, standard rooms are tiny (about 200 sq. ft.), but the hotel has made smart moves, like taking out the closet for extra space and leaving racks exposed, so it somehow doesn’t feel that small at all. For something bigger, there are larger rooms with two queens, and king suites are double the size, with a living room area. The Acme always seems to have something cool up its sleeve, like sponsoring a Baconfest, plus the bar and restaurant, the Berkshire Room, mixes up a good cocktail and feels like a neighborhood watering hole. The basement hot tub room—called Bunny Slope—is straight out of a ski lodge. Bonus: Rates are reasonable, and staff couldn’t be nicer.
15 East Ohio St. (at State St.)
Our Rating Neighborhood River North Transportation Subway/El: Red Line to Grand/State Phone 312/894-0800 Prices Doubles $179–$372 Amenities Restaurant; lounge; fitness room; hot tub; sauna; laundry room; foosball table; room service; free Wi-Fi Units 130 units Web site Acme Hotel Company
Map15 East Ohio St. Chicago
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