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
- 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
We loved our stay at Virgin Hotels Chicago! The staff was friendly and helpful, the room was incredible, and the location was great! This is definitely our go to hotel for any future visits to Chicago!
This Chicago hotel was in a great location. Our room was very large and well decorated. There was nothing I can complain about during my visit. I would probably choose to stay somewhere else next time, maybe just to see more of Chicago. The location was perfect for us to explore quite a bit of Chicago over a few days.
Great location, bedroom very clean, soundproofing excellent!!!! Walking distance from everything! Great hotel! Rooftop too busy and too loud when I went but seems nice. Bed and pillows were nice, shower was very spacious.
Everyone was so kind and helpful. We had nothing but smiles and laughs with all the staff. Loved the whole vibe of the hotel. Such a cool but comforting atmosphere. Overall a really great stay! Hope to visit again!!
Loved this hotel....great location, clean, great service with cool vibe and ambiance. Enjoyed drinks on the rooftop bar and breakfast on the patio and received great service at both places. Would definelty stay here again.