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
The Kimpton Gray Hotel was a perfect location for two nights in November. Used Spothero for inexpensive and convenient parking nearby. Easily walkable to Hamilton, Christmas Market, shopping, dining, etc... Hotel staff was wonderful, they texted us after check-in to make sure room was okay. Room was spacious, very clean, with attractive modern decor. Room heat worked well and hot water was good too. Nice premium duvet cover bedding, comfy mattress and pillows. Room safe and blow dryer. Good size closet for hanging clothes. Wine happy hour in a very cool, classy, comfy common area was extra special, also served a delicious mulled spice wine. One negative: child crying next door most of the second night! (otherwise was very quiet) We mentioned to hotel staff at checkout they suggested that we could have contacted the front desk for ear plugs or a sound machine, and also apologized via email. Otherwise very nice, clean hotel with friendly attentive staff. Good coffee, tea and hot chocolate was available in the morning. Great location for exploring Chicago in the winter.
Hotel is located right in the heart of Chicago in a renovated Art Deco style building. There’s a Starbucks and a Protein bar restaurant on the ground floor which is convenient in the morning if there for business as I was. There’s also the VOL. 39 cocktail lounge on the second floor which has a very old school cool vibe and decor.The rooms are quiet, spacious and chic.The staff was friendly and helpful, reaching out to me via text during my stay just to check in to see if I needed anything. I would recommend staying here to anyone visiting Chicago. I’ve stayed here a couple of times now and have not been disappointed.
The Kimpton Gray Hotel was a perfect stay during our recent visit to Chicago. It had been suggested by out travel agent and given its location, we gladly agreed. The hotel is literally within a few metres of the Monroe station and that station connects directly with the train from O’Hare Airport.
Honestly, we did not avail ourselves of many of the services at the hotel. But importantly, we slept really well - great bed and choice of pillows. There is plenty of space in the room, which was important for us as we were travelling with a snowboarding bag. The heating works really well, there are luxurious robes and the bath amenities are lovely. I could have easily stayed here for longer and lapped it all up.
Because of the location, the main attractions of Chicago are within easy reach on foot. We love getting the feel of a city on foot, so this suited our needs perfectly. Get out there and enjoy!
Beautiful hotel and outstanding service!! The dcor of the hotel is soft warm and inviting. They pay attention to each detail in the room. Great fitrness room. Volume 39 the bar was very intimaate,they had a french singer the night I was there. Again outstanding experience!!!
We loved this hotel. The price was reasonable. The staff was amazing. The rooms were clean and classy. We called and asked for an extra chair for our room so we could play cards and the chair arrived in minutes, a pleasant surprise. We chose it because of the proximity to the CBIC theater where we were going to Hamilton. It was an easy walk, even in bad weather. We would definitely stay again!