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
- 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
Cannot say enough great things about the Thompson. They had my room ready early and let me check in when I arrived early to drop my bags, service at the door was amazing as well. Great room service, nice bar in the lobby, room was immaculate. Will definitely stay here again.
I'm so glad I booked this hotel. The room was clean, the bed comfortable and the bathroom was a delight. The shower was very large and roomy. There was a rain shower head and a wand. There was The staff was amazing! They were friendly and so very helpful. No matter the question (we called from the airport for directions using public transportation), they were patient and never condescending. The location was a dream. There are a number of bars, restaurants and attractions within walking distant. There are a couple of entrances to the "L" train very close by. We felt safe & comfortable walking around the area day & night. Despite the fact the hotel is located In a business district, the view was pretty awesome. Our room on the 18th floor afforded us a view of the fog as it rolled in from Lake Michigan, obscuring the tops of the nearby high-rises and making them look otherworldly. Bottom line - Great choice for a stay in downtown Chicago.
Everything about this hotel is first class. Will be recommending to family and friends. The room was beautiful with a view out across Chicago, bathroom to die for. Location of the hotel was excellent. Very good price through Expedia. Can’t recommend this hotel highly enough
Overall very good experience. Great location and neighborhood feel. Quality and variety of restaurants within walking distance. Shopping and site close by and easy to walk to. Nice staff that was available and willing to assist.
Stayed here for a trade show I was attending with my wife. It was about a 20 to 30 minute Uber ride to McCormick Place from there. However, we were in walking distance to so much. Located at the north end of Rush St. there was plenty of places to eat. It was very convenient.
Property is very nice and well appointed. There is a restaurant and bar in the hotel. We actually never ate there so I cannot comment but it was always busy. Staff was very friendly and helpful. They really create a great customer experience.
The rooms were nice and clean. The beds were extremely comfortable. Bathroom was fairly large and nice walk in rain shower. One downside is no ice machines on the floor so you have to call front desk to get ice. Also, no mini fridge usable in the room. There is one but it is full of stuff for sale. That is about the only negatives I have on this property. Elevators are fast and only room key accessible.
We really enjoyed our stay and would stay again if given the opportunity.