There’s nothing subtle about theWit, Chicago’s latest luxury boutique hotel, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s difficult to miss for a few reasons: Spatially, it’s located at the epicenter of downtown Chicago in the heart of the Theatre and Loop business districts. Aesthetically, it’s a 27-story glass tower stamped with a neon yellow lightning bolt zigzagging across the building’s facade.
The energy of theWit’s playful architecture extends to the interior where visitors are greeted by a colorful, posh decor, 42 luxury suites equipped with kitchens, a plush private movie theatre, full in-house spa and the popular year-round rooftop bar aptly named Roof.
There’s a lot to rave about at theWit, the first in a new chain of Doubletree hotels by Hilton, but what makes this hotel really cool is the 7,000-square foot garden of glamour situated on the crown of the edifice. Roof brings a splash of South Beach lovin’ to the otherwise corporate setting — boasting patio fire pits, live music, cocktails and food — and allowing the more daring guests the option of sitting at a glass-enclosed table suspended beyond the edge of the 27th floor.
The bathrooms alone are worth talking about, featuring water-saving dual-flush toilets, Neutrogena toiletries, tall shower stalls and deep tub “spa suites” allowing guests to soak while ogling Chicago’s dazzling skyline.
And if for some reason none of that sounds impressive, guests receive complimentary warm chocolate chip cookies upon check in. Talk about a suite deal.