Chicago's First JW Marriott Debuts Downtown

After several delays, the new JW Marriott Hotel Chicago — originally scheduled to open in June, then in September 2010 — will officially open its doors this week, on Nov. 11, according to local media reports.

Located in Chicago's historic Continental & Commercial National Bank building, which was designed in 1914 by famed architect and city planner Daniel Burnham, the new hotel — Chicago's first JW Marriott — will have 610 guest rooms and 44,000 square feet of meeting space, including an 8,453-square-foot grand ballroom and 43 meeting rooms. It also will have a 20,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, not to mention several restaurants and lounges.

"With a $396 million restoration, the historic JW luxury hotel in Chicago ... exudes Burnham's refined style combined with 21st century sensibility, providing downtown Chicago with a one-of-a-kind authentic destination," reads the hotel's website.

According to Marriott International, JW Marriott properties offer "accomplished travelers" a luxury travel experience with a "distinct sense of place that appropriately reflects the genuine flavor of their surroundings."