J.W. Marriott Chicago – The Lobby Lounge 

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J.W. Marriott is a mid-to-high-end hotel in Chicago's downtown loop area. Very sparsely occupied in the morning hours, you'll likely encounter travelers and hotel guests with hotel staff more than any other workfrom-like executive/creative WiFi surfers.

Lobby Lounge offers free WiFi and outlets. The hotel is open 24hrs. Coffee is available between 6am - 10am, during hotel breakfast. The lobby bar opens around 11am - midnight. There are two main communal tables with plenty of outlets under the tabletop, but it may be "reserved" from time-to-time due to an event or function.

The environment is decidedly higher-end, even though the coffee prices are reasonable in the morning and the lounge is a decent drinking area in the afternoon and evening. In full-disclosure, the company I work within day-to-day has a hotel-based office here and does a lot of AV work for the events they hold. As an honest Workfrom.co-scout, I will still say it seems to be an okay place to get work done.

Because of the high-end feeling, you may find yourself adjusting your seating or trying to look like you are meeting another executive for an event or to take them on-the-town. With that said, most staff seem friendly and helpful toward the office-challenged. Their restaurant "The Florentine" has some of the best eggs in town — wife and I suggest the eggs-benedict or an omelet with fresh field greens and potatoes.

There's a server in that restaurant that is always a pleasure to see and she has greeted us kindly, even when we had our 1-year-old in tow. Only drawback to this location might be the "hotel smell" — where if you didn't notice, almost all hotels now pump-in a small amount of fragrance to make the place feel fresher and more pleasant — sometime people can be sensitive to it. A good choice if you want to feel like a savvy business traveler and enjoy the high-end for a day here in Chicago. Convenient to the Willis Tower, and Millennium park plus downtown shopping and the financial district here in Chicago.

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More about this space

Coffee illy
Tea illy
Alcohol Beer, Wine, Cocktails
Food Bar food but full restaurant upstairs
Seating Capacity 20
Group Space Yes
Types of Seating Small tables, Larger tables, Standing bar / counter, Lounge chairs / couches
On the Web www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/chijw-jw-marriott-chicago  

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