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
Just a block off michigan, it was perfectly centered with easy access to the lake and a wide variety of restaurants. The inviting atmosphere at the reception was a warm distraction from the usual checkin desks and lines. The rooms were spacious and clean, and with only a few rooms on a floor it was very quiet all throughout the day.
It pains me to write this review. I actually really liked the Ivy, its small and welcoming. Hidden away on a street filled with businesses, restaurants and other hotels. And the room was actually really nice. We had a Queen suite. Very well laid out and the shower was heavenly. Spacious enough and comfortable to stay in with kids.
We made the unfortunate mistake of passing through Chicago on Lollapalooza weekend.
Just be warned - there is a new hotel being built right next door. It's a messy construction area with the sidewalk blocked off. And it's not the Ivy's fault that there's construction going on, as it is out of their control. HOWEVER when I'm paying $400 a night and I'm being woken up at 6:30am by a jackhammer and drilling that sounds like it's coming from my interior wall and the manager does nothing - that is unacceptable. I asked to be moved the first morning. The receptionist listened to me, but really I was blown off. Said the hotel was booked and there was nothing they could do. Basically shrugged their shoulders. I told the front desk my issues. Two mornings in a row. The only thing they could be bothered to offer - something from the mini bar or two drink tickets. Wtf am I going to do with that. It was actually insulting. They honestly didn't care and manager never even followed up with us. To me that is terrible customer service. You're in the hospitality industry.
You can't move me - fine. Offer me some kind of room discount or sincere apologies. I'm on west coast time and being woken up at 6:00am in YOUR HOTEL.
Construction was also going on on Saturday as well. I gave up and just tried to enjoy the rest of my time in Chicago. Luckily the noise was not so loud on Saturday morning and we got to sleep. I even took videos because I couldn't believe the noise.
Would I stay again? Perhaps in a year when the hotel next door opens.
Very well located; warmth welcoming; super large king room at very reasonable price; super clean; nice terrace on the roof with bar; srevice A-1 for each and every demand; little things that make you happy...2 small pieces of cake or cookies in the room every day...:)
Honestly, I very much liked the hotel but for the dirty sheets when we checked in. I never heard back from a manager when we complained, but someone brought me new sheets which I put on the bed. If the sheets were clean I would have given a 5 star review. The location is good and the rooms are very modern.
Fantastic spot to stay if your looking to stay in downtown Chicago . Great hotel , nice rooms and very clean. Staff at reception was very pleasant and helpful after we’d got off a tedious flight . Loved the rooftop bar for a casual beer before heading out round the mile. Location in superb, 10 minutes walk to the pier, 5 minutes to the mile. Really enjoyed our stay here.