Kimpton Gray Hotel
What We Love
- An award-winning new boutique hotel in the Loop, with a rooftop loungeThe AAA Four Diamond Award, U.S. News & World Report praise and TripAdvisor ranking
- The dining destinations, from a rooftop lounge to a library bar to a New American eatery
- The fitness and wellness offerings, like a gym, a spa and a guided-meditation program
- The complimentary wine, milk and cookies at this sleek new hotel in the Loop
What To Know
- The hotel is located just blocks from the shops and restaurants of Magnificent Mile as well as Grant Park and the Art Institute
- A 5-minute walk will land you at the Washington/Wells CTA train stop
- Rooftop bar Boleo offers Latin-inspired cocktails and bites while lobby bar Vol. 39 is library-themed
Get down to business at Kimpton Gray Hotel, a sleek new property in the Loop. This sleek city base, decorated in the namesake color, seeks to emulate the style and sophistication of a well-tailored suit from London’s Savile Row. Based on the reviews, it’s succeeding: U.S. News & World Report included the property on its Best Hotels in Chicago of 2017 list; AAA gave it a Five Diamond Award; and TripAdvisor members helped it score one of the top rankings in the city, many of them citing the smart design (which includes a tie bar, for actually sprucing up suits) and upscale ambience.
Experience these in your mid-century-modern room and at Vol. 39 bar – styled like a library, featuring books from when the hotel was the New York Life Insurance Building. Rooftop Boleo offers panoramic city views, Steadfast serves rib-eyes to leather banquettes and stools at a zinc bar, and the spa and salon will spiff you up before a big meeting (or day on the town). Depending on when you come, you can even attend a guided meditation on increasing productivity. But this hotel is only business in the front, so to speak; there’s also a rollicking party scene, with happy hours, pop-ups and performances, nearly every night.
Your room’s décor is one part mid-century modern and one part modern, in the 21st-century sense: It comes with pendant lamps, a piped bedspread and touches of brass and gold foil, for instance, alongside a contemporary workspace with extra multimedia ports. True to the larger business theme of the hotel, your minibar holds either a flower lapel pin or a combination handkerchief and tie.
There’s quite an array of slick spots for eating and drinking here, from Boleo, a year-round rooftop lounge and music venue that dishes up small plates of Peruvian and Argentinean street-food favorites, to Steadfast, a dining room, heavy on the teak, zinc and leather, that specializes in New American, Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine. Vol. 39 serves charcuterie, caviar and cocktails from gilded carts, in a library with original books from the hotel’s days as the New York Life Insurance Building. Dining alternatives abound throughout the surrounding Loop neighborhood.
The second-floor spa specializes in relaxing body treatments, while Petrosino’s Parlor promises to pretty you up for meetings, events or just days of city slicking and sightseeing, with haircuts, blowouts, face cleansings, polish changes and straight-razor shaves. The fitness center opens 24 hours a day, and once a month, you can complement your endorphin boost with a complimentary calming guided meditation at Boleo, led by productivity professional Lizzi Cutler.
Known for offering the best of the Windy City, the Chicago Loop is the place to stay for dining, shopping, culture and tourist attractions. Walk the Magnificent Mile or to Willis Tower, Navy Pier, Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park and Financial District, as all these iconic landmarks and bustling financial district are in the area. Back at the hotel, wine receptions take place daily, often with cello accompaniment, as do lobby happy hours, pop-ups and milk-and-cookie receptions on certain days.
How to Get There
Stayed here whilst on business. Check-in process was ok (staff couldn’t locate our credit card authorisation form - problem addressed the next day). The hotel itself is beautiful and in a building with exquisite Art Deco details - from the metal edge work on the elevator door frames - to the grand marble staircase. The room was a nice size, had a large wardrobe for storage, plenty of lighting, and the decor was modern while staying true to the period of the building. Shower was spacious with great toiletries. Bed was very comfortable, ample pillows, and the room was very quiet. Staff texted throughout my stay to ensure everything was perfect - really appreciated this and wish other hotels made this a feature of service. Staff were very attentive during my stay. Would absolutely return.
The Gray is a wonderful hotel. The staff are courteous and helpful. You are greeted at the door by a doorman. Then at the check in additional staff are available to help you. We were treated as VIP's every where we went in the hotel.
I gave my friend a Wedding present of two nights at the Gray in Chicago. They were delighted! The Gray surprised them with Champagne at their table in celebration of their wedding…and a gourmet cupcake to share! The staff, always checking to be sure everything was all right. Thank you to all at the Gray Hotel for making this a memorable weekend for my friends.
In town for a couple of days and Gray was the perfect spot. Not only well-located within the Financial District, but there are also some excellent dining options connected to the property (casual Protein Bar+Kitchen and upmarket Steadfast are notable). Service was friendly and excellent. Rooms were clean and functional (though no slippers to go along with robes!). Got upgraded to a Spa Suite with a huge soaking tub. No view, but that's to be expected given the location. One recommendation would be to add streaming/casting services to the television as the cable is somewhat limited with no premium channels. Would absolutely stay again!
hotel has a slightly weird entrance - reception is on 2nd floor but once inside the hotel has a lovely feel. Free wine at happy hour (and decent wine too) means that in the early evening people are sitting around chatting, playing chess and solitaire, and reading books. Again in the morning the free coffee and the lovely sofas created a sociable club like feel. we wouldn't normally loiter but we did.
Good location too