If the Tremont didn't sit a block from the Magnificent Mile, overshadowed by the hip Sofitel and the posh Four Seasons, its austere, simple elegance would turn heads. But this low-key link in the Starwood Hotels chain wears a modest face, compared to its showy neighbors.
Offering similar amenities at a less expensive price, The Tremont's standard rooms, which go for about $200 per night, are cleanly appointed with wood and marble furnishings and include free cable TV, a stereo system, concierge service and access to the health club. You can up the ante with a penthouse suite, which feature a kitchen, whirlpool, fireplace and wet bar for those guests seeking the VIP treatment. Laundry, movies on demand, valet service and the massage you're longing for after that shopping marathon come with an extra cost. If you must drive, on-site valet parking costs $38 per day.
The front lobby strikes a balance between English sitting room and Pottery Barn-chic, with its wood decor and overstuffed leather couches. A typical evening there finds business travelers, tourists and locals waiting for a table at the in-house Mike Ditka's Restaurant while a pianist plays light classical favorites. The restaurant is more steakhouse than sports bar, offering a broad selection of single malt Scotch.
Centerstage Reviewer: Justin Sondak