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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
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Overview

A sophisticated downtown stay at a brand-new Loop base, with nightly wine, loaner bikes and more

The Lowdown

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.

Rooms

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.

Dining

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.

Spa

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.

Location

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

Kimpton Gray Hotel
122 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603-5032 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 554 Reviews
Spacious, modern stay close to all things business
Reviewed 3 days ago

Really enjoyed my one night stay at the Gray for business. So close to the Orange line from Midway and exceptional and friendly service. The wine hour, as always, is a great way to end a long day of work. Because it’s converted from offices, the rooms are really spacious and you feel like you have the place to yourself.

convenient spot
Reviewed 1 week ago

from the info, said the hotel is convert from office building.
reception desk is on the second floor, so have to take the stairs or elevator to check-in
valet parking is a must since there aren't connected garage, although it is shared with the restaurant.
dont forget the kimpton brand's happy hour!

Great decor.. long quiet stairwells
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here. Arrived late. Stairwells are blocked off by painting. Beautiful armoire. Comfy beds. Shower needs longer glass pane. Overlooks buildings. Starbucks on 1st floor. Breakfast too. Wine happy hour

Modern, upscale hotel without the pretentiousness
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice hotel with modern rooms, excellent lounges and restaurants and an adequate fitness center. Staff are very friendly, approachable and personable. Fantastic whiskey selection in the Volume 39 cocktail lounge.
We were there for a conference Sep 24-28, and our hospitality team were amazing! There with delicious breakfast every morning and up late with food an drinks. They never lost their smiles or their sense of humor.
The fitness center could add some free weights, but that's really the only negative thing I could possibly say.
The honor bar in the room is well stocked; just try to resist the urge to eat all the snacks if you get the late-night munchies.

Feels like Family hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel has the best staff of any hotel we have ever stayed at. They went out of their way to ensure our visit to Chicago was enjoyable. Being first timers to Chicago, we had many questions, which they answered in a friendly, helpful way, never making us feel like they had heard our questions 100 times, which they probably have. They treated us like family they had not seen in years, and were ready to make sure we had a great visit with them serving as hosts to Downtown Chicago.

The room itself was lovely and well stocked with a mini-bar. The bed was comfortable, and the overall decor of the room was very relaxing after a busy day visiting the sights of downtown Chicago

We would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in downtown Chicago.