The rooms are small, but functional. We did not have the conflict in opening the bathroom and closet doors at the same time as mentioned in another review.
The Central Loop Hotel is located on Adams St., less than a mile from Michigan Ave. The JW Marriott is on the next block and, with a two-fold difference in room rates, the Central Loop seems like quite a bargain for the location.
The Castle and Elephant Pub can be entered from the hotel lobby through a dedicated door and you can charge the bill to your room, so it functions as a quasi hotel restaurant. The Rookery is an interesting architectural gem located next door to the pub and it's well worth a look at the lobby. There is a Starbucks on the other side of the hotel and Berghoff's German restaurant is about a block farther.
The staff was always ready and willing to cheerfully help with whatever request we had. The hotel has a number of surprising and clever amenities like, Keurig coffee machines in room, water bottles and chilled filtered water dispensers on each floor, a "Guest Extras" closet on each floor containing irons/ironing boards, sleep kits, etc., and a downstairs lounge with free snacks and soft drinks always available. Pairs of room doors are recessed about 4-5 feet from the hallway, which enhances privacy when opening your door (like to put out your "privacy" sign).