Virgin Hotels Chicago
What We Love
- Whimsy and humor throughout, from the pod-shaped dog bed in the lobby to the Funny Library featuring reads from Davis Sedaris to Marvel comics
- Sweeping skyline views from the 26th-floor rooftop lounge, Cerise
- The spa is equipped with a hammam and nail salon
- Feminine guestroom touches all genders can enjoy: benches in the showers, well-lit vanities and yoga mats
- No nickel-and-diming: There are no room service delivery fees, inflated mini-bar prices or bottled water charges
- WiFi is free, as is guest happy hour daily
What To Know
- The first hotel in the Virgin Hotels chain
- A DJ spins most nights in the bar
- The spa, all-day restaurant and rooftop bar opened in May 2015
- There’s occassionally L train noise but the hotel provides earplugs
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Art Deco banker reborn as bon vivant. Vintage details from the original 1928 bank building, including carved plaster ceilings, ornate brass elevator doors and the original vault gate, add ballast to cheeky design touches such as red-carpeted elevators, a circular banquette in the 70’s-themed Shag Room lounge, and a preponderance of toys in the Funny Library. The mega-brand’s Virgin red hue pops up throughout, from the occasional shower tile to the bright overcoats worn by the all-female door staff.
Bed and Bath
Privacy-ensuring rooms (called chambers here) open with a generous foyer/bathroom with curtained closets and a walk-in shower. Heavy wood pocket doors can be closed between the entry and the bedroom, centered by a generous bed backed by an ivory pebbled leather headboard. Candy-apple-red Smeg minifridges that chill splits of Veuve Cliquot contrast with gray flannel walls. Life-size porcelain dog statues stand sentry outside pet-friendly rooms.
The social heart of the hotel lies in the second-story The Commons Club, an entire floor with various personalities ranging from a swinging 70s den (The Shag Room) to a library stocked with games and free candy necklaces, and the nightclub-worthy bar–a double-height oval steel installation. Off the lobby, a window-wrapped coffee shop morphs into a wine bar nightly. A vintage heavybag outside the 25th-floor gym is merely décor; inside all the cardio and weight gear is new. Expect in-the-thick-of-it skyline views from the 26th-floor rooftop lounge, Cerise, modern American diner fare at Miss Ricky’s, and a hammam and nail salon experience at the spa.
In the Area
Some of the biggest among Chicago’s 200-plus theaters lie in the Loop, including the concert hall Chicago Theatre and the Tony-awarded Goodman Theatre. One block behind the hotel, Michigan Avenue offers a parade of attractions, including Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Pre-curtain, crowd into the convivial Gage restaurant, serving regional, seasonal fare, or the Spanish rave Mercat a la Planxa. Stop and shop the Chicago Architecture Foundation for design-focused souvenirs and all the Frank Lloyd Wright gear you can handle. All major subway lines converge in the Loop, offering easy access to neighborhoods near and far.
How to Get There
Thank you to Ms. Lawshanah for and excellent customer serv experience. She was very kind helpfull and Very profesional. Mr Mike the bellboy was very very helpfull. He made sure our personal belonging is were safe and secure.. thanks to All the crew on the roof top For Mr. And Mrs.JOHNSONS wedding .. they ALL worked hard to keep everyone Happy and satisfied. OverAll our experience was Great .
Booked on Hotwire and we got the Virgin Hotel. Not familiar with this chain so went to trip advisor and read numerous reviews. All were very good so was excited to go. Called the Hotel a week before and upgraded to the Grand Chamber King Suite. It was beautiful, large and clean and had 6 windows with an amazing view. We were up on the 20th floor so ask to be placed on a higher floor. The hotel was a cool hip vibe offering a great bar on the second floor and trendy roof top bar and patio. It looks like a new hotel as everything is fresh, clean and well maintained. We enjoyed everything about it and the location superb. We will be back again for sure! Thank you Virgin Hotels.
This is definitely my favorite hotel I've ever stayed at. This was our second stay and honestly, I don't know what they're feeding their staff lol, but from the moment you get there, everyone you encounter seems genuinely happy to be doing their job. The interactions feel familiar even though you're really all strangers, ya know?
My husband forgot his wallet at home(luckily we were just doing a quick getaway for the night) and he was able to use Facebook to verify his identity at check-in.
We were actually there for my birthday and they went above and beyond to make it amazing. There were balloons, champagne and a huge photo of my husband, the kids and I in the room when we walked in. A cake, ice cream and chocolate-covered strawberries from Chef Juan were delivered shortly after. The cake was DEEE-licious. I don't usually like chocolate cake but this one was so good I finished it off with coffee the next morning. The chocolate-covered strawberries were decorated with gold leaf and the berries were perfectly ripe, sweet, and juicy. One of the balloons was filled with confetti and after using the provided safety pin to pop it, we found a certificate for our choice of one complimentary item from around the hotel; the coffee shop, the Commons Club, and whatnot. I wish I'd had a chance to try one of Chef Juan's desserts I see him posting on Instagram! But unfortunately, we met friends for dinner elsewhere :/.
The room itself, I also love. We had a suite(?) with separate living, bath, and bedroom. I personally really appreciate the setup. The bathroom area has a beautiful double vanity, toilet closet, amazing shower, and two separate spaces for clothing storage. The beds are super comfy and the bedroom also has a TV, desk, and lights by the bed for reading. The living room area has a small sofa, TV, table and chairs, mini-fridge, coffee pot, etc.
I could go on forever... the rooftop is beautiful, the gym is great, love the Commons Club(we ate there during our first stay) and the coffee shop is spacious. Oh, and they're LEED certified! Which means they make serious efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, recycle, and be sustainable. Including food waste and energy use, not just by asking you to not have your towels washed every day ;).