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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
This hotel is designed according to a Millennial’s imagination of luxury. The room was spacious for the location, and the check-in staff were delightful. The bed, a Japanese-style platform with a thick mattress, furnished a good night’s sleep. We were grateful for these features. The desk and swivel lounge chairs as well as the couch in the lounge room all looked cool but were cheaply made and we were disinclined to sit in them. There were two small TVs mounted high at odd, sort of unwatchable angles in the corner of the lounge room and the side wall of the bedroom, respectively. Not sure what they were thinking when they positioned those. Again suiting a certain imagination of how grownups live, there was a high, granite counter bar with a narrow sink where one would presumably mix drinks. A basket was stocked with a squat bottle of tequila and a tall bottle of vodka. If you forgot your toothbrush, there was one in a box for $5.00. Overall the room, at about $150, was adequate and conveniently located for us. The aesthetic and comfort-related judgments are subjective. I do have one objective complaint, or rather a word of caution, I would offer to both potential guests and the hoteliers. It concerns the shower floor, which is made of a polished stone slab. Like the bathroom overall, the shower is beautiful to look at. The rain shower and wand are high end fixtures with pleasing water pressure. But that slab floor is a dangerous accident waiting to happen. I nearly slipped when I entered (I put the water on beforehand to warm it up) and once the soapy water started streaming on to it, oh boy. I’m middle-aged but in athletic shape. It’s a good thing the shower door has a thick handle on the inside to hold on to, because most people will need it to prevent slipping. No slip stickers on the slab might diminish its beauty, but safety first. I did not try the separate tub, but entry into it looked challenging—it’s high off the ground and designed with a wide lip. I’m sure the hoteliers will be quick to reply that a million people have stayed there without incident, that the shower meets all safety standards, yada yada. Here’s my reply: you have a very nice hotel in a great location. Don’t jeopardize your business with a slippery shower floor.
The Ivy Boutique Hotel is absolutely gorgeous! It’s so modern and stylish. We picked Ivy Boutique because we have a few friends who had stayed previously and spoke very highly of it and it was really close to everything we had planned to do while in Chicago. We stayed for my husband’s birthday and the staff helped me plan a little surprise for him. They baked a cake and left a bottle of wine for him up in our room and I was able to surprise him when we checked our room out for the first time! The hotel room was beautiful, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom was luxurious! Everything was super clean and immaculate. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and everyone again and again. We loved our stay and will be back!!
This is my second stay at Ivy Boutique Hotel. I was very excited to come back but it did not live up to my memories of the first visit. The main issue was the bathroom floor. It was spotted and did not look clean. I spoke to the front desk and the interaction made me uncomfortable because the attendant was defensive saying it was scratched and worn, but always clean. I could see water splashes and around the toilet there was splash’s. The second surprise was during check out there was a $30 fee for early check in. I did arrive before 3PM, and quickly was given a room, but never was told about a fee. I would have been happy to drop my bags and tour around. They did remove the fee but I don’t like when you are charged without being told.
As I remembered...big room, great location, and I felt safe.
I chose the Ivy Hotel for our 4-day stay in Chicago. The location is just perfect, a few blocks Off the Michigan Ave. Our suite was spacious, modern, stylish with a separate living room, but unfortunately overlooking heaps of trash!! The hotel is cosy and clean, the room is spacious by Chicago standards, and the beds are comfortable. If you are looking for a Chicago down-town boutique hotel, the Ivy is right for you.
Fairly new hotel, centrally located. Only a block and a half from "Magnificent Mile".
The rooms are spacious and nice, but the sound proofing is poor. Both between the rooms, and within the room, between the bathroom and the living area.
Comfortable bed and nice bathroom, but the large couch is not a good place to sit. The fabric causes you to slide out of it.
No real dining area, but possible to get breakfast and other food by the bar or delivered to your room.