Ivy Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- The vibe is intimate; there are just four or five rooms per floor
- Environmentally friendly materials like repurposed bamboo for floors and organic cotton for sheets
- Located in the hip Streeterville neighborhood, steps from the Mag Mile
What To Know
- Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferrable: No name changes are allowed on reservations; names entered at booking must be the guests checking in upon arrival
- Better for couples because of the small size
- Design is minimalist; fans of chintz and velvet may find the decor sparse
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Ivy Hotel’s slim exterior belies a big personality. Inside, the hotel aspires to a freewheeling Vegas-style vibe, and it succeeds with a series of welcoming contrasts. For example, the 15-story building is just six windows wide (tiny by Chicago standards), but rooms are huge. Amenities are numerous, yet the hotel’s carbon footprint is small. The clean-lined mod lobby sports club-worthy lighting—purple during daylight, a hazy vermilion at sunset and a calming green at night—and walls of wood herringbone or matte silver.
Bed & Bath
Rooms are decorated with dove-gray fabric walls, mahogany bamboo floors, sisal rugs and accents of deep purple and fuchsia. The overall aesthetic is sleek but not stark with amenities like Keurig coffeemakers and LCD televisions. Bathrooms have enormous tubs with lavender bath salts and in-mirror TVs. Plus, you can enjoy the hotel’s indulgences guilt-free: Everything is designed to leave a minimal carbon footprint.
Onsite you can get great small bites while drinking in the views from the 15th floor bar. Although the hotel doesn’t have an on-site gym, pool or marquee restaurant, it does take full advantage of the neighborhood. Daily passes to the River East Club are available at check-in, and the hotel is a stone’s throw from some of Chicago’s top eateries.
How to Get There
Stayed 6 nights in a large king room. The king room was divided in a separate living room area, leaving the bedroom area without direct access to window view. Bed was huge and comfortable. Hotel was comfortable and quiet at night. No real character though. The best asset was the location. Ideally located for tourists, close to MagMile, river walk, the lake, restaurants etc.
I had a chance to stay here recently. The place was pretty awesome. Very up to date, cool, excellent staff at the front desk and love the treats that are left during turn down! And the deep tub very relaxing. Good eats nearby too
We stayed her for one night earlier this week, what a great boutique hotel would definitely recommend staying here, lovely decor and about a 25 minute walk from the Bean and the shops going along the river walk.
Not only was the King Suite outstanding it was in an excellent location.
Staff was attentive and the suite will not disappoint. With 2 sinks, 3 televisions including one in the mirror in the washroom...it was certainly much more than I needed for my stay.
So, we are *those* people who used to like to stay with one specific chain so that we would rack up those imaginary points that would eventually get us a "free" water bottle or something equally impressive.
Well after a less than stellar experience in Chicago at that chain, we branched out for this visit - and SO glad we did!! The front desk folks were all super sweet and helpful, very friendly, and the check in process was really fast. Our room was spotless and cozy. They leave cookies!! Yay!! And can we talk about the shower?? Great pressure, and updated decor. Marble and tile though, so be careful as it gets slippery. Oh and life pro tip: turn the handheld nozzle AWAY from your face and READ the instructions clearly before cranking that sucker on. Don't ask me how I know, but you're welcome.
After this stay, we won't stay anywhere else. Close to MM and food. And hey to everyone complaining about TV- yes, it's limited- but guess what? You can cast your phone, so watch whatever you want on Hulu, Netflix, etc!
It felt safe, secure, cozy and clean. TOP RATING!! And we didn't even need invisible points to be treated like preferred-platinum-5 star-better than everyone else-guests! Bravo!