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 LOVE THIS HOTEL!
Very beautiful upscale boutique hotel. The restaurants and rooftop bar are excellent.
Service was also wonderful. I had missed the wine hour by a few minutes leaving the gym and Robert, one of the incredible attendants by the elevator, asked me what type of wine I liked and brought it to my room with an authentic smile. Thank you!
This was a really great location. We were in town to see Hamilton at the Majestic Theatre. The hotel was two blocks away, an easy walk even in dress clothes! The hotel was very nice, exceptionally clean. Front desk staff very friendly (Alex), they helped me print off e tickets and texted me to make sure everything was fine after we checked in. The restaurant on site, Steadfast was good but a bit over priced for the quality food.
Beds were super comfy, slept great. Good location. Free wine every evening. Would suggest a few crackers in addition :)
Entry is dramatic and marbled and ironed - renovated preserving charming features. Check-in is up a floor via classic elevators. Front-desk staff is totally forthcoming. Offer you service by text if you prefer (I do - and they are very responsive to text questions). The room was large and decorated with pleasing originality and high quality fixtures. Bed and linens were very comfortable and the room was super quiet.
A few quirks - there were two artsy hanging lights in two parts of the room where it was quite a challenge as to how to turn them on and off. Didn't seem to be linked to the room lighting master either. A tip: via a switch jutting from bottom of one and a tricky and moody dimmer jutting from bottom of other.
Also I seriously never found an open convenient power outlet at the desk. There were 4 very loaded ones that i would have really had to fought to reach and free one of. This is a weird omission but it is an old building and there may be some wiring limitations. There were, however, 2 nice USB outlets on the bed stand - so that was very convenient.
I also didn't find a way to print my boarding passes myself, so I had to download them and email them to the front desk. I kind of dislike that, but it all worked out, and again the desk staff were so pleasant. Super location btw right in the heart of things in central downtown.
This hotel is absolutely lovely and its location in the heart of downtown Chicago is perfect. We came to Chicago to see Hamilton and spent the weekend at the Gray. We were impressed by the gracious welcome we received from the staff. Alex at the front desk was very personable and took the time to visit with us while checking us in. About five minutes after arriving at our room I received a text from him making sure that everything was to our satisfaction.
Our accommodations were well appointed, comfortable and spotlessly clean. As a retired hotel executive, I'm quick to notice things that are out of place like a stray piece of paper in a hallway, but found everything spotless, my compliments to their Housekeeping Department!
The hotel is just a block and a half walk to the theatre and there are numerous restaurants nearby... the Calder sculpture is just one block away.
The weather didn't cooperate, but otherwise it really was a perfect weekend.
A really nice conversation of a classic Chicago building. Great location, stylish rooms, good service. Had great views and overall this is an excellent member of the reliable Kimpton brand. Breakfast not open until late on the weekends (i.e. brunch only) was the only frustrating part for a business traveler.