Kimpton Hotel Allegro
What We Love
- Direct access to the Cadillac Palace Theater (it’s in the same building) as well as the rest of Chicago’s theater district
- Extensive green initiatives
- Six floors of the hotel are devoted to guests with pets
- Nightly lobby wine hour hours from 5 to 6 p.m. and morning coffee/tea in the lobby
What To Know
- WiFi is free to members of the Kimpton Karma Rewards program; signing up is easy and can be done at check-in
- Guestrooms are compact but comfortable
- No pool
- No on-site spa, but in-room treatments are available
- Eco friendly
- Parking On Site
It starts with a grand entrance as you sweep down the red carpet of a three-story golden staircase. A towering fireplace warms the lobby, while such glam furnishings as curved velvet settees, circular leather lounges and rich gold curtains add drama. The Allegro, a Kimpton hotel, is a vibrant example of boutique-style hospitality that playfully tips its hat to Hollywood glamour.
Bed & Bath
Inspired by the golden age of luxury ocean liners, the guestrooms are compact yet indulgent, with black upholstered headboards, geometric silver wallpaper and red pillows. Tech perks include flat-screen LCD TVs, iHome docking stations and laptop safes. Bathrooms are on the small side but have plush animal print robes, Altier Blum bath amenities and tub-shower combos.
You can throw on a suit or a cocktail dress and in two minutes be settled in a prime seat at the 2,500-seat Cadillac Palace Theater, housed in the same building as the hotel. Afterward meander over for some top late night dining at 312 Chicago, which excels at Italian bar bites and family-style pastas. Then cap of the evening with a tipple at Bar Allegro. Work it off at the 24/7 fitness center.
In the Area
Home to Second City, the Shubert Theatre and the 1921 French Baroque–style Chicago Theatre, Chi-Town has long been a haven for the performing arts. Take your pick of comedy, live theater and jazz, much of it in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. Head to Millennium Park for a close-up shot against the Cloud Gate, also known as “the Bean,” a 110-ton, highly polished stainless steel sculpture that reflects the skyline. And when cold weather hits, sip hot cocoa and skate on the park’s ice rink, open from mid-November to mid-March. Head to the Museum of Contemporary Art for more cutting-edge artworks, from video installations to massive walk-through sculptures, all created after 1945. Just a 10-minute walk from the hotel is Grace, one of Chicago’s buzziest new restaurants. Seventeen chefs prepare the mega-luxe tasting menus, a wonder of rare ingredients and artistic presentation. Reserve well in advance.
How to Get There
I stay here often for work because it is so close to my office, and I really have to say that I've grown to hate this hotel. The rooms are generally small and the bathrooms are microscopic. The elevators are so slow, i no longer stay on any floor above 5 in case I need to take the stairs. The staff are nice enough but not very accommodating with problems arise. Several times, I've had issues with noise carrying from other rooms or parts of the hotel. Generally, it's not a great place to stay.
I had put a note on my account that I was going to try to get in for an early arrival, and I was greeted with open arms when we arrived. My room was ready and waiting, and I could have not been more pleased with the location and the hotel. It's close to everything, and even has a Starbucks attached near the entrance.
The room was absolutely lovely, and the only thing that could have made it more perfect would have been a fan to get all of the steam out of the little bathroom. Not a big deal though, I'd definitely pick this hotel again the next time I'm out for a couple's weekend.
I love that there is a free wine hour, and that every employee that I interacted with were super helpful and friendly. The other Kimpton hotels have had a light snacks to go with the wine, but I was just glad that they had both wine and a 'hydration station' since it was so hot on the weekend that we stayed.
I did have a bit of an issue getting stuck in the elevator for a couple of minutes, but it wasn't a huge deal. I let the desk know that there was an issue when I arrived downstairs, and she said they were already having someone look at it.
This was my first stay in Chicago, but I haven't been disappointed with Kimpton yet - I always know to try to find a hotel from them before checking anywhere else.
We were arriving very early in the morning from a redeye flight so we booked a room for the prior night so that we could head straight to the hotel and sleep. We called a few days prior to advise them of this to make sure they would not give away our room. We were assured they were making a note of it and it would fine. Of course when we arrived the room had been given away. They advised us we did not call the hotel itself but the booking line (which was the number on our reservation confirmation) and they had not relayed the message properly. Luckily, they had a room available and rectified the problem quickly but it was not the best way to start.
The rooms are small but lovely and well appointed. I'm of the mind that I'm there to spend time in the city and not the room so the size didn't bother me. The bathroom space was a bit tight but manageable. I loved the decor (1920s Art Deco) and the location. It's walking distance to lots of restaurants and shops. Despite the rocky start we really enjoyed our stay.
Nice place. You get bathrobes in your room to use if you want to use them. It was ninety degrees plus when we were there. No need to use them. Pet friendly but it would be nice if they knew exactly where to take your pets to do their business. They told us down by Millinimum Park. That was a very long walk in the heat and crowds. Found out later that you could walk two blocks another way and go down by the riverfront park. Breakfast not included. Everything seemed clean.
I loved staying at the Kimpton Hotel Allegro while in Chicago for business! It’s in a great location in the theater district, surrounded by lots of restaurants and bars, and super close to the train station which made navigating from the airport effortless. The rooms are clean and sleek and the mini bar is stocked with anything you might crave. The best part is the happy hour prosecco every night and the free bicycle rentals. I’ll definitely be coming back next time I’m in town.