The Dana is a rare bird in Chicago: a locally owned boutique hotel. The owners clearly have an eye for design, with hardwood floors throughout the property, exposed concrete ceilings, and smooth, flowing wood designs in the lobby. The wood floors continue into the rooms, with the exception of the area of the bed, where the carpet reveals an empathetic attention to detail—who wants to step on a cold, wood floor when they awaken? Rooms are spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass wall that separates the shower from the room, allowing natural light in (and perhaps a shower show) as you rub-a-dub-dub. I’m particularly fond of the “cozy king” rooms, which are corner rooms that measure a bit smaller, but have panoramic views and small balconies—practically unheard of in Chicago—and they run about $30 less than standard rooms. Because of its contemporary appeal, expect to see the young, smart set as staff and guests, with the occasional tattoo and piercing. Vertigo, the lounge on the 27th floor, is a beautiful rooftop lounge.
Dana Hotel and Spa
660 N State St. (at Erie St.), Chicago, IL 60610
Our Rating Neighborhood River North Transportation Subway/El: Red Line to Chicago Phone 888/301-3262 or 312/202-6000 Prices $209–$334 double. Valet parking $49 Amenities Restaurant; lounge; concierge; exercise room and spa; room service; free Wi-Fi Units 216 units Web site Dana Hotel and SpaBook a Room Now