What We Love
- Triangular-shaped Corner Suites, which afford the best city views
- Le Labo bath products in all the rooms
- The rooftop bar prioritizes hotel guests
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The hotel is a 15-minute drive or train ride from Chicago’s central business district, The Loop
- There’s no fitness center on the premises, but guests can access a neighboring gym for $25 a day
- Because of the hotel’s closeness to the L train, rooms are equipped with earplugs
Converting an iconic 1929 office building into a tony urban retreat was no easy feat. But after a hotly anticipated three-year revamp (which also included the hotel’s sister property, The Hollander, a 20-room hostel which sits in a refurbished 1905 warehouse next door), the tasteful transformation, carefully monitored by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, preserved the tower’s historic heart. Expertly restored features include a handsome marble and brass lobby, vintage arrow floor indicators in the elevator bank, and an ornamental rooftop spire. Upstairs, 69 guest rooms are refreshingly minimalist with earth tones and hardwood floors and lots of natural light, though certain quirks, like retro phones and mid-century modern furniture, add just the right dose of nostalgia. Marvel at Wicker Park’s six-corner intersection from the floor-to-ceiling windows at the street-level French-American bistro, or sip an espresso in the homey second-floor lounge. The real draw here, however, is the unobstructed Chicago skyline—Lake Michigan views included—best enjoyed with a nightcap from a low-slung sofa at Up & Up, the hotel’s glass-encased 13th-floor lounge.
In the Area
Wedged between scenic Wicker Park—Victorian homes, tree-lined streets—and trendy Bucktown, the hotel is one of the first to sprout up on Chicago’s West Side (four L stops from downtown). Boutiques abound, ranging from Shinola, where Detroit-made watches and bicycles steal the scene, and Bucketfeet, which stocks a dazzling collection of limited-edition tennis shoes and flip-flops. The neighborhood also brims with some of the most sought after eateries in the city, including taco stalwart Big Star, the original outpost of The Bongo Room (a popular breakfast institution that flips the most decadent pancakes in town), and The Violet Hour, a James Beard Award-winning speakeasy.
How to Get There
A great Hotel in a busy part of Bucktown. The rooms are well appointed, comfortable and clean. One is probably better off requesting a room looking out on N Milwaukee Avenue to avoid the sound of the train lines on W North Ave.
I travel to Chicago every 8 weeks for meetings. I was introduced to the Robey last fall and I will not stay anywhere else. I love the decor and the attention to the details in each room and in through out the buidling. Rooms are always clean and the it always feels fresh. For me it is convenient due to the close proximity to transit and great places to eat including the restaurant in the lobby; which has one of the best breakfast in town! Love this place and will be back in a few weeks!
A wonderful place to stay. Incredibly stylish rooms, well-conceived with nice touches. Terrific location with sweeping views of the city. The food in the Robey Cafe was far better than the usual hotel restaurant fare. We will be staying there again in the fall.
Highly Recommended. Comfortable space, conveniently located with in room snacks and an excellent bourbon and rye whiskey selection on the rooftop. Avocado Toast in the morning to get on the good foot!
I came here with my daughter to visit family, and we loved our stay. Our room was spacious, sparkling clean, and the bed was amazingly comfortable. Though the hotel is not particularly kid-friendly, the staff was kind and accommodating to us and we never felt out of place. The restaurant was incredible, and I'd go back just for the food. Hats off to the Robey hiring department for employing such tremendous staff members (especially Gabriel of guest services, Christian of parking, the Cafe staff, and the housekeeping).