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
Thankful for the knowledgeable staff at The Robey and the convenience of being so close to downtown. I would certainly recommend this place to others! If you are looking for a place with good food too this place is it!
the location of the hotel was unbeatable, steps away from the blue line which made travel a breeze! the staff and amenities the hotel were above and beyond my expectations! great value all around! will definitely be staying again!
Great hotel with a lot to do very near by. No need to hop a cab or Uber, just step outside or go upstairs for an awesome view of the city, great drinks and fun snacks. In the morning brunch downstairs was delicious!
Stay here. Great location, two on site bar/lounges with great staff. I really enjoyed my stay. My room was cute and immaculate. I never go barefoot in a hotel rom, but I did here. They leave you snacks every day, and beer and water, at no charge. My bed was super comfortable. I was near the elevator, and thought it might be loud but it wasn't. I didn't need earplugs.
It was as clean and affordable
Definitely coming back to stay
Parking was right across the street and not insanely expensive
The hotel had and old but yet modern feel to it definitely different but cool