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The Loews is a macho hotel. Wood, leather, and stone—plus fabrics that recall those materials—are the leitmotifs here, and they give what could be another bland business hotel the feel of a very high-class man-cave. That impression starts in the soaring lobby with its boisterous bar, wing-backed armchairs, and comfy couches. Rooms are just as butch (they even seem to smell faintly of cologne), with heavy wood furnishings, and views of the lake and Navy Pier, from some, through floor-to-ceiling windows. Well insulated from noise, bedrooms are separated from the common hallway by a bathroom and small corridor. Beds are very comfortable. I also must give kudos to the staff, who are a friendly, helpful group and will take as much time as needed to give detailed directions to all of Chicago’s iconic sights, many of which are within walking distance of the hotel.