What We Love
- The 30-foot lobby wall inscribed with Marcel Proust quotes
- Oven-fresh cookies on the late-night room service menu
- House-made pasta at Somerset, the hotel’s veggie-friendly restaurant
- Complimentary Saturday morning yoga on the property’s lake view terrace
What To Know
- The seasonal rooftop dipping pool is closed from November to April
- The hotel is 100% smoke-free
- During the summer months, guests can rent bicycles onsite
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Pet Friendly
- Room Service
Baroque interiors impress at this undulating glass tower in Chicago’s ritzy Gold Coast
This urban resort would’ve done just fine by gently updating its historic predecessor—the Cedar Hotel, a stately 1920s icon—but Viceroy went all out for its Midwest debut. While the Cedar’s original brick and terracotta façade was thoughtfully tucked into the new building’s base, this refreshed 180-room oasis redefines luxury in the Windy City. The true scene-stealer here is the airy three-story lobby: lined in white marble and brass, it’s a modernist spin on the Jazz Age with bronze reception desks and a splashy painting by the South American cubist painter Badi. Rooms, dressed in calming sand and teal tones, are contemporary chic, not counting the textured headboards—digital reproductions of work by the London-based artist Tim Modus that honor Chicago’s notable architectural lineage. Native talent also surfaces in the form of the Boka Group, a locally loved restaurant company responsible for the hotel’s knockout ground-floor restaurant Somerset, which serves country club-inspired cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Lee Wolen, and the Devereaux—a swish indoor-outdoor rooftop pool bar.
In the Area
As Chicago’s most affluent neighborhood, the Gold Coast, bordering Lake Michigan, is a tony collection of boutiques, piano lounges, and stylish high-rises. Get your culture fix at the Museum of Contemporary Art, considered an edgier counterpart to the city’s revered Art Institute. Also worth visiting is the Navy Pier, where you can sample some of the best deep-dish pizza or board one of the city’s many dining or sightseeing cruises. When the temperature drops, head to the IMAX Theater or the nearby Chicago Children’s Museum, which is home to a three-story schooner the kids can scale.
How to Get There
My wife and I spent four great nights at the Viceroy in early May based on a recommendation from a colleague who lives near Lincoln Park. The location is wunderbar for everything we wanted to do, including: walking the Magnificent Mile, taking the L to a Saturday afternoon Cubbies game, hanging in the Halsted Blues bars, renting Divvy bikes to cycle down the Lakefront Trail to the South Shore and back and taking an architectural river tour. Great museums and restaurants are also nearby, as well as the upscale Potash grocery store and the curious Viagra Triangle. Uber black cars were also very prompt to arrive when we needed to go further (ex. Herb Alpert concert at the City Winery, 2120 South Michigan Avenue and O'Hare). This boutique hotel itself is new, quiet and spacious (we chose a room a Lake view). Staff were all very friendly and attentive. A special thumbs up to concierge Matthew who was quick to coordinate anything we needed with wit and a smile. Chicago offers visitors a lot and staying at the Viceroy makes it all the more memorable. We will have no hesitation in recommending or returning.
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We stayed here for a few days this week and this hotel is simply outstanding.
It’s in a brilliant location, walking distance to Lake Michigan and right in the heart of a vibrant restaurant and bar scene providing huge choice and a great atmosphere every evening.
At check in we were immediately welcomed and offered an upgrade for my 50th birthday. And what a room! 15th floor, very spacious and with a glass fronted room it offered spectacular views. The room is very modern with remote control lighting and curtain controls, and meticulously clean. As well as the upgrade the hotel also left a personalised birthday card and champagne/sweets in the room.
The hotel also has a roof top pool and bar, be prepared for how busy it gets, and a seated bar area outside the front. Both are great for a drink and watching the world go by.
Arguably my favourite ever hotel and thanks to all at the Viceroy for making my birthday even more special.
I stayed there for 2 nights and asked for a quiet room and they put in a small room where the night was taking place a party. Front office manager told me he didn’t know at 2 pm that there is going to be party that evening outside
Loved this hotel on our recent stay in Chicago! Clean and modern rooms and very centrally located. Very friendly and helpful staff. Will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Chicago. Can't recommend this hotel enough!
Located on the Gold Coast of Chicago. This modern boutique hotel has an excellent staff that is very helpful in every way. There is a upper floor lounge that can be used inside or out with great views of the city. The one negative is that the rooms are relatively small but the bathroom is well appointed and more then adequate.