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.
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I recently stayed at the Kimpton Gray hotel for a solo culinary adventure in July 2019. The good reviews were definitely accurate in my opinion. Outstanding service and cleanliness were just the start. Very smooth check-in and the room was very well-maintained. The bar had amazing craft cocktails with very knowledgeable people serving them. Emily one of the managers texted me a few times during my stay to ensure everything was going well and I was very impressed to say the least. It shows they care about guest experiences which is huge in my book. The hotel is a great location to travel by foot to restaurants and also millennium Park as well as catching the blue-line. Would definitely recommend staying here as well as staying there again myself.
Every interaction with the people of this hotel was exceptional from the person at the door to the front desk to the dining staff. As the elevator bank is a bit unusual, they even have someone stationed there to make sure you get to your room quickly. Lighting is wonderful in the guest rooms, which is not the case in so many hotels. Bedding and particularly the bed pillows are extremely comfortable. Bobby G, the concierge, was so helpful and checked in with us throughout our stay. We only had breakfast in the dining room, but both times, it was a standout. Service was efficient and very personable. The Kimpton Gray Hotel is my "must stay hotel" in Chicago.
The Kimpton is beautiful and clean. Our room was so cozy and comfortable, very relaxing. The downtown location was great as it is walking distance from tons of things including millennium park. Friendly service, and the WiFi was free and fast. Visited the beautiful upstairs bar and we loved it! Would definitely recommend.