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 cannot day enough about the Thompson hotel - we stayed for Mother's Day. The hotel is beautifully designed and very 'cool' without sacrificing comfort. Every single staff member was friendly, polite and professional. The rooms were so comfortable, every detail had been thought of. From the soft sheets to the hotel bar's creative cocktails to the incredible food at Nicos - the restaurant downstairs (crispy brussel sprout bruscetta with soft cheese and honey - OMG). We felt taken care of very pampered. I wish there were more locations because this is my new favorite hotel hands down!!!
A great stay - wonderful location - impeccable service (especially Murphy). We attended for a wedding and all amenities were taken care of. Bar service was fantastic. Rooms were comforatable with a great view. Highly recommend.
This boutique hotel is well appointed. It is well located and a short walk to the Miracle Mile or nearby pizza restaurants. Don't miss the Velvet Taco across the street for a quick bite on the go. Rooms are comfortable. Staff is terrific.
The hotel is nicely-appointed, decorated with quirky eclectic style. The lobby isn't huge but is nice. The staff were terrific, desk and door staff. The room was so lovely and quiet - we were right beside the elevator and I was concerned but there was NO noise. We couldn't get a king but the two doubles were fine and very comfortable. No scent-free toiletries available, which was a difficulty for me. Wifi worked well. There were two chairs (I liked that) plus the beds, and a desk. The rooms get nice and dark for a comfortable sleep and to deal with the time difference. No tub but there was a big fancy double-spray shower. The hotel is close to the Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place, and John Hancock tower. Upscale, pretty area.
We stayed at the Thompson Chicago for 2 nights in April and could not have been happier with our decision. The area surrounding the hotel is amazing, packed with fantastic restaurants with patios. There’s a great coffee shop (La Colombe), deep-dish pizza (Lou Malnati’s), and fine dining (Somerset, among others), within a block away. It’s also less than 10 minutes walk to Clark/Division station on the Red subway line which will take you to The Loop. We also loved being such a short walk away from the MagMile, without being right in it.
The hotel lobby is very stylish and staff are super helpful. We stayed in a Deluxe Lakeview Two Double room, which was beautiful, clean, and very spacious, with a big bathroom with soaker tub and walk-in shower. Beds were super comfortable. The view of the turquoise lake between the buildings was beautiful. We would highly recommend The Thompson Chicago.