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FOR: Your arty college roommate and her boyfriend
WHERE: Acme Hotel Company (15 E. Ohio St., 312-894-0800, acmehotelcompany.com) From $169; suites from $259.
THE GIST: Pop art meets high-tech design at this 15-floor, 130-room River North boutique hotel with lava lamps in the lobby and album covers from the likes of MGMT in the elevators. The hipster design details catch the eye, but the tech flourishes really elevate this under-the-radar spot. Rooms are equipped with LED lamps and free 100 MB bandwidth Wi-Fi for fast browsing, and suites feature B&W Zeppelin audio systems. There’s no lobby bar or restaurant yet; both are expected by the end of the year. But a thermos of hot coffee will appear outside guests’ doors at any time they request.
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Good value Boutique (<200 rooms) Family friendly Great bar scene Trendy restaurant
Scenery (views, etc.) Pool Spa Free Wi-Fi 24-hour room service
Photograph: Courtesy of hotel