The Hoxton, Chicago
What We Love
- 23-foot concrete ceilings in the lobby
- Willis Tower views from Cabra, the 12th-floor Peruvian restaurant helmed by James Beard award winner Stephanie Izard
- The complimentary breakfast bag (yogurt, granola and OJ) that appears outside your door every AM
- The books in your room, complete with sightseeing tips, were curated by locals
What To Know
- Instead of expensive minibar grub, the hotel hawks bodega-priced goodies from the front desk
- The property has four rentable bicycles
- Though some of the rooms face the L tracks, thick windows block out most of the rumbling
- The basement-level lounge offers 52 classic cocktails (one for each week of the year)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
The Hoxton's Midwestern debut is an industrial-chic escape in Chicago’s most artistic enclave
Though this West Loop wonder contains all the trappings of The Hoxton chain’s unmistakable DNA—an up-and-coming backdrop, design-driven interiors, an emphasis on affordability—it’s also a risk-taker, featuring first-for-the-brand amenities like a mirror-clad fitness studio standing in for the typical hotel gym and a speakeasy-style cocktail den that’s equal parts Prohibition and Art Deco. Expect jewel-box size bedrooms, appropriately divided into categories like Snug, Cozy, and Roomy (relatively speaking—at 300 square feet, the property’s largest room type isn’t exactly a suite) and a buzzy lobby decked with potted plants, midcentury modern furniture, and exposed pipes that makes for a decidedly open-house vibe. The two restaurants onsite are a tad more exclusive (read: reservations are strongly recommended): a brightly tiled ceviche bar is the main attraction at Cabra, while a hand-rolled cacio pepe draws diners to Cira, the lobby-level modern Mediterranean joint.
In the Area
Housed in what was once a meatpacking warehouse, The Hoxton sits in Fulton Market, a rapidly gentrifying part of Chicago that’s home to some of the city’s most underrated fine dining spots. Sample izakaya-style fare and Japanese beers by the bottle at Booze Box, accessible through a secret door in an alley, or pop by The Bad Hunter for veggie-centric plates that offer a refreshing alternative to the city’s typical meat-and-potatoes scene. From the hotel, it’s a 25-minute walk to get to downtown favorites like Cloud Gate and the Art Institute of Chicago. Wicker Park’s famed music clubs are more easily accessible via subway—but lucky for you, the hotel is just a three-minute walk from Morgan Station.
How to Get There
Our stay started out great with a super friendly and helpful check in. The Hoxton has
well appointed, beautifully decorated rooms with THE most dreamy and comfortable bed!
The Lazy Bird delivers with amazing cocktails, service and perfect ambience, but the same can’t be said for Cabra. We found the Hosts to be rude and unhelpful on 3 separate interactions. Out of the 5 night stay, we couldn’t get a table outside even when booking in advance.
The only other issue we experienced was housekeeping arriving way too late in the day. We would be out of the room for at least 7 hrs during the day but they would come by between 4 and 5pm, which was really inconvenient, so we only had one proper service during our stay.
We would return as the issues we experienced could be due to a busy time of year.
We had brunch here at Cabra. It was excellent!! We decided to see a room in the hotel for a possible future stay. Charlie at the front desk did a great job of letting us look at a room that was very stylish and looked very comfortable. We will definitely keep it in mind for future visits.
Location is outstanding for the West Loop, and the front counter team are awesome.
But - there is no desk in the rooms and the lobby is super noisy (which is ok if you like that but not great for meetings.)
Personally I found the beds and pillows on the soft side (I prefer firm).
FREE Yoga classes for guests run the The Space Between Yoga - I highly recommend this as there is no gym in the hotel.
And the Little Daily breakfast (oats, fruit and OJ) is a great idea, tasty and filling.