Set the scene Named after a ship stationed at Navy Pier during World War II, the Sable has the most enviable tourist location, anchored at the end of the 3,300-foot-long pier overlooking the city skyline. The glass exterior brings the exterior into the building and cleverly cites nautical design. The hotel is positioned to do a fair amount of business and event traffic once the pandemic is over, which is expected to fill its rooms by mid-week. So far, tourists have not failed to flock to the pier.
The rooms Taking inspiration from Lake Michigan, the hotel’s 223 guest rooms channel the Grand Lake in a navy and white color palette with pale driftwood and sand tones in furnishings and fixtures. Brass accents and curved lines channel the classic ship design. The bay windows flood the rooms with light.
Food and drink Navy Pier isn’t a fine dining destination, but the hotel improves your choices starting with Lirica, the downstairs restaurant that spills out onto the pier and serves Pan-Latin surf and turf in dishes like the Mexican cocktail with shrimp, Argentinian beef empanadas and Spanish fried chicken. Spread over 20,000 square feet, the Offshore Rooftop is a quaint spot for a cocktail party, including frozen entrees, complemented by a menu spanning everything from tuna tartare and raw oysters to burgers and ribs.
The neighborhood / area Navy Pier is a standalone attraction, rather removed from the rest of the city. But if this is the entertainment you are looking for, then you are in the heart of it, next to a 200-foot Ferris wheel. Easy access to rental bikes makes the 18 mile lakefront path that passes by the pier your best escape plan.
The service Midwestern friendly.
For families Navy Pier is one of the city’s top family attractions, with thrill rides, boat rides, and the Chicago Children’s Museum at its doorstep. The peak nights to book are Wednesdays or Saturdays in summer, when the pier shoots fireworks, visible from the rooms.
Nothing to report? Be prepared to do a lot of walking from this hotel, as the pier itself is long and far from the city.