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
Cool and comfortable hotel, great location and next to the subway (very easy to get to from the airport). Service was great and front desk super helpful. The gym next door is top class and the restaurant on the ground level has superb food. Highly recommend the Robey and many thanks to the staff!
Overall an enjoyable stay. The amenities including the restaurants, access to a gym down the street, and rooftop bar were a plus. The room was nice and modern, and the employees were all very nice. I would recommend the Robey to anyone visiting Chicago.
Want a great boutique hotel in Bucktown? Fantastic location, gorgeous and trendy inside, friendly efficient staff, good price. Rooms are just the right size, beautifully decorated, comfortable, and a shower with excellent water pressure. We will stay again :)
I would Definitely stay here again. We lived All the history here! And. Marriott affiliated property. The only down side is the noise of the train but they provide several options to lessen the noice.
Key takeaways: Ambrosia was amazing! The whole staff and all the establishments within the hotel were amazing! And again, probably the best hotel stay we have ever had.
Thank you again for contributing to my wife’s great 30th birthday!