Spring Comes to Chicago Hotels

April 22, 2010  |  

(Medill Reports) — On a good day, Maria Martinez stands at the front desk of the W Chicago City Center hotel without having to wait too long for a visitor to stroll through the front doors. These days are good days.  “This year has been a good year so far,” Martinez said. “It’s definitely better this year compared to last year.”

According to Martinez, the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.-owned hotel is “almost sold out,” with current occupancy rates near 80 percent. She added she expects the number of visitors to continue growing as summer approaches, especially compared with last year’s recession-depressed levels.

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