What We Love
- Each room has its own IP address. Translation: seriously speedy Internet
- The haute Italian fare from James Beard award-winning chef Paul Kahan at Nico Osteria
- The hotel's Lexus partnership allows guests to get behind the wheel of an IS 350 convertible or a LX 570 SUV for up to four hours for no charge on a first-come, first-served basis
- Every Junior Suite is a corner room with wraparound views of downtown Chicago
What To Know
- No on-site spa, but the hotel has a relationship with the nearby Exhale Spa one block away
- Bring along Fido
- Valet parking is $66 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Opened in October 2013, Thompson brought a serious dose of style to the Gold Coast. The space feels like an edgy hideout from the Windy City: Exposed brick, timber beams and a roaring fire invite lounging on velvet sofas, while industrial finishings such as a glass and steel mesh staircase add the edge. In the rooms it’s all about texture, with peacock velvet seating areas, fur throw pillows and upholstered platform beds topped in tweed throws.
Bed & Bath
The 247 guestrooms walk the line between sophisticated and funky, with edgy photography and illustrations, a muted toffee and gray color scheme with pops of jewel tones, and low, sexy lighting. Even the “smaller” rooms are plenty spacious at 320 square feet, and they feature plush sofa-like seating near the kingsize beds. Techies will geek out over the bedside USB ports, Internet TV and the fact that every room has its own IP address. Simple white-tiled bathrooms feature large rain showers, Frette robes, makeup mirrors and Ren body products.
One Off Hospitality, the restaurant group behind Chicago megahits such as Avec, the Publican, Big Star and more, opened Nico Osteria. James Beard award-winning chef Paul Kahan designed the seafood-focused menu with housemade pastas and dishes like salt-crusted branzino with chanterelles and currants and smoked whitefish triangolini with sea urchin. Work it all off in the 1,000-square-foot fitness center, which is open 24-7.
In the Area
The Gold Coast neighborhood is known as a posh shopping destination, so you’ll want to check out the boutiques on nearby Oak Street, which is home to such brands as Prada, Tom Ford, Jack Spade and more. You’ll find department stores and even more shopping around the corner on Michigan Avenue. Gibson’s Steakhouse, located across the street, is a Chicago institution. If a celebrity is in town, you’ll most likely see him or her ordering a steak there. Flight 001, which is just down the street, is a fantastic travel shop featuring luggage, gadgets and anything else you might need for your flight home.
How to Get There
I stayed at the Thompson for one night recently and my only regret is that I did not have more time to spend there.
Everything from the gorgeous room with a view of Lake Michigan, complete with floor to ceiling windows, to the fabulous bar and restaurant on site was top notch. There is unique art everywhere and even a 4 story stairwell that has been painted like a mural by a local artist.
What really stood out, however, was the incredible service! When we checked in, David held the door open for us and helped us with our bags immediately. He introduced himself and offered to help us in any way we needed. He was not kidding! He brought an actual coffee maker complete with china cups and fresh ground coffee to our room so we wouldn't have to go downstairs for coffee the next morning. .He happily gave us insight into local places to eat and later when we were leaving for the night insisted that we not call an Uber but that he would arrange for us to use the Thompson VIP car. Wow! From there it just got better and better.
Our driver, Murphy was amazing. He dropped us off for dinner and when he came back to get us, actually went into the restaurant to let the host know to notify us that we was there. THEN, the next morning he took my friend to a medical appointment and later on dropped me off somewhere else. While I finally got him to take some money he was very reluctant to take a tip. He was professional and friendly.
We stored our bags after check out for the day and when we had to transfer them to a waiting motor coach across the street for our trip home, David generously offered to get them to the bus for us and load them on. Incredible!
Thanks to both David and Murphy for truly going above and beyond and for ensuring that we will be back. Bravo!!!!
Room was nice, but no coffee!?! Thankfully Starbucks was less than 1 minute away.
The sink gave a foul odor every time I ran the water.
Toilet seat wasn't secured or broken.
It was affordable in a great spot. Service Team was fantastic. Everything was very clean.
Loved our stay at Thompson Chicago! Our room overlooking the lake and the city was very spacious and well supplied with bathroom necesities and mini bar. Comfortable bedding and cool design in the room. We enjoy drinks at the bar and breakfast, brunch and dinner at their restaurant. Exelent food and service!
Location is also great, walking distance to main attractions and shopping.
Will be staying here again, cannot go wrong with Thompson.