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
We stayed at this property because we were in town for a show. Fabulous location to the theater and much of the attractions in or near the loop. Outstanding guest service. Cozy bar. Clean and efficient.
Overall. This hotel was fantastic. My wife and I only stayed here a single night, but the experience was still wonderful. The hotel was well decorated, but not decadent. We arrived early (~11:30 AM) on the day we checked-in and they were able to accommodate us, which was an unexpected surprise. The lobby is on the second floor, but everyone from the doormen to the staff at the front desk made sure we knew exactly where to go. Our room was spacious but comfortable. The location is fantastic especially in relation to the theaters and Millennium Park. The price was incredible as well, but even if it were more expensive, we would absolutely stay here again.
Staff. The staff was extremely helpful. They allowed us to check-in early and casually asked about plans for the evening. We already had dinner reservations as well as tickets to see Hamilton, so we didn't recommendations, but they seemed knowledgeable about the area if we needed advice.
Hotel/Lobby/Common Areas. The hotel's lobby is on the second floor along with a bar and restaurant. On the first floor there is another restaurant as well as the Tie Bar shop. Additionally there was a Starbucks in the building as well on the first floor. The lobby was well appointed with a fantastic waiting area to the side. In the evening they host a wine tasting for guests.
Room. Our room was fantastic. Very clean and well decorated. We were extremely close to the elevators but we did not hear any noise from them. The door to our room was in a small alcove with two other doors to separate rooms. Having this small bit of separation from the main hallway potentially helped reduce noise. There was plenty of space in our room with large windows that overlooked Monroe St. The decor was a blend of mid-century modern and art deco. Even the TV was mounted in a frame that helped in blend in and not feel so hotel-like. The bathroom only had a shower, but was extremely nice and very clean. It would've been a comfortable room for a much longer stay.
Location. My wife and I were going to see Hamilton so for us the location was fantastic. We were able to walk to and from the CIBC Theater even in freezing temperatures. That being said, it was still a short drive to any of the popular Chicago spots. We had dinner in River North and lunch in the West Loop and both trips were less than $10 each way. It may not be quite as prime of a location as some of the other spots along Michigan Ave. or a touch closer to Millennium Park, but frankly it was still pretty good.
Value. One of the best parts about the entire trip was the cost. Even with taxes and fees the room was ~$150 for a single Friday night. I can imagine this can change based on the time of year, but even at closer to $200 or above this would be a great place to stay. The hotel does offer valet service, but we didn't travel by car so I can't speak to the price.
I booked Kimpton Gray through AMEX travel. I did get room upgrade upon arrival. It's walking distance to everything inside the loop. They have the a nice restaurant downstairs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also have a bar open in the evening with live music (piano when I went). Clean. Nice View. Friendly service. Great price.
Beautiful and stylish hotel, perfectly situated within easy walking distance of bars and restaurants and Millennium Park, the Art Institute and the fab shops of Michigan Avenue. Our room was spacious, with comfy beds and a great shower. The free wine hour every evening was a great way of getting guests to mingle. Best of all was the service – we had a small issue on checkout with the payment transfer from BA for our room. It was resolved quickly and with real empathy by Lucas. We’re big fans of Kimpton hotels for our annual "girls" Christmas shopping trips to the US; this is one of the nicest we’ve stayed in.
Wow. I live in Chicago and my only regret regarding this hotel is not staying here sooner. My bridesmaids and I came here to sleep the night before my wedding and get ready the morning of. The team who greeted us at check in was fabuous. They texted me a personal message right after checking in to ensure I had a direct method of communication to make our visit perfect.
The hotel is beautiful, the suite and adjoining room were stunning and spacious. That tub could have its own review! The beds were extremely comfortable, I almost slept in because the bedding was too good to leave! The bar upstairs is wonderful. The food was delicious and the drinks were unique and tasty - the view of the Willis Tower through the ceiling of windows added to the magic.
Alexis and her team made sure my bridesmaids and I had the most amazing experience. Alexis also worked with my mom to help my mom choose the best breakfast options from a third party, get everything extra we needed in the suite, helped me communicate to my vendors on parking/valet, and went above and beyond to make me feel so special as a bride. Her and her team’s talents of hospitality went above and beyond any expectation I had.
Not to mention.. I did a “first look” with my dad, and had a photo shoot in that grand stairwell.. it was so beautiful and photographs extremely well.
This was more than just a hotel stay, this was an amazing experience from beginning to end. I live in the city and cannot wait to find an excuse to get out of our condo and stay at the Gray again! I would recommend this hotel to anyone.