There's really no other way to put this: ACME Hotel Company is cool. It's got a vibe that'll make you feel like you're cool just by staying there.
What makes this boutique hotel so, um, cool? Besides sharing photos of bikes with built-in bars (as in cocktails), here's a baker's dozen why ACME is more than just a place to sleep for the night.
Want the hot restaurants and nightlife of River North? Check. Want to spend a few on the Mag Mile? Check. ACME is located smack dab in between two of the busiest neighborhoods in Chicago. Plus, it's half a block away from Eataly. It's so close they even share the same garage. If you haven't been to Eataly, go. Trust me.
2. Art Everywhere
This hotel is seriously into its art. Almost as serious as it is about its music. There's a huge abstract mural behind the front desk. The rooms have giant hands on the walls (which is way better than writing). The bathroom mirrors have big red lip-prints that glow in the dark. The doors are hung with chalkboards so you can leave your own Do Not Disturb - or any other - message.
3. Music rocks
The elevators are lined with record jackets. Speaking of the elevators, forget musak. These shafts play some classic rock & roll. Suites are equipped with Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin wireless audio systems so you can listen like a rock star (just don't destroy the room like one).
4. No HDMI required
No need to bring your HDMI cable if you want to watch Netflix. Their televisions are equipped with hook-ups for both Apples and PCs.
5. Free WiFi
Not just slow-moving you-can-check-your-email-but-that's-it free WiFi. They provide a connection you can actually use to get some work done. Or watch aforesaid Netflix.
6. FREE COFFEE
Forget paying $20 to have a pot of coffee delivered to your room. You don't have to make a mess with those one-cup coffee makers with pods that are always too big for the little plastic sleeve. At ACME you get a thermos of coffee from West Town Bakery delivered to your door when you want. FOR FREE. (They'll even bring you tea, if you're so inclined. FOR FREE.)
7. Knock & Drop
ACME's version of room service, with Knock & Drop you use the handy-dandy provided tablet to browse their menu items. When you order you specify a time you'd like it delivered. They knock, they drop, you eat. And since it's coming from West Town Bakery it's local and it's good. It's also amazingly cheap. A ham and cheese croissant and a bagel filled with lox, cream cheese, and capers, both served with Chobani yogurt, an apple, and orange juice, was just $16. You can't buy that anywhere in downtown Chicago for $16.
8. Rain showerheads that Actually have water pressure
Pet peeve: rain showerheads. I know hotels love them, spas love them, interior designers love them. Not me. If I wanted to have water slowly drip on me I would actually step out into the rain. ACME, somehow, has turned their Rain showerheads into functioning plumbing.
9. A mini-bar you can afford
Unlike most mini-bars, where a bag of peanuts and a can of cola will cost you more than a Chicago parking ticket, the mini-bars at ACME are reasonable. Sure, it'd be cheaper if you ran to the Trader Joe's or the Jewel, but that's not nearly as convenient as popping a 312 out for just $5.
9. Cheap Suites
Want to spread out? How about a wet bar? Microwave? Refrigerator pull-out sofa coffee tables extra television? They can all be yours for just a $60 upgrade from a City View Queen.
10. Best hotel bar
How do you tell when a hotel bar is a good hotel bar? Stop into The Berkshire Room and you'll see more locals than tourists. If you want craft, barrel-finished cocktails you can't go wrong at this plush spot. Side note: the bar gets its name from the hotel that stood on the same property and was a mob haunt in the 50s.
11. The hot tub has beach balls
12. Packages that make sense
Lots of hotel packages get you to pay more than you actually would if you bought the amenities a la carte. ACME's "Hair of the Dog" add-on is $25 and provides two bottles of Gatorade, two aspirin packets, and a $25 certificate to MBurger. Wonder if they offer that for non-hotel guests...
13. And finally, it's got a cool name
Wile E. Coyote, anyone?
There are probably more reasons to stay (like the painted ladies just hanging out in the middle of the hotel) at ACME Hotel Company. Add your own and make reservations by visiting their website or calling 312-894-0800.
ACME Hotel Company provided one night accommodations. All opinions are mine and weren't influenced at all by the sweet suite.