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
Fantastic hotel, fantastic location, fantastic staff. Has an awesome breakfast cafe to boot. Mini bar at street prices. You could spend the day in the hotel only. Once you enter the room, you realize Virgin is changing the orthodox hotel rooms. Very intuitive decor. Simple, easy to navigate and quirky.Only stay at virgin when in Chicago.
My girlfriend and I enjoyed our three nights at the Virgin Hotels. The location was great for many of the downtown Chicago sights. The staff was friendly and the room (especially the bed, pillows, and shower) was extremely comfortable.
Stayed in room 612. View was looking into a hotel room across an alley. Didn’t like the fancy coffee pot. Too much hassle for a cup of coffee. Price and location were both good for our needs (we were attending a show at the Chicago Theater)
Our stay was excellent, with great service and we loved the rooms. The Commons area and the rooftop night club on Saturday night were really cool. Love the Virgin brand and this hotel lives up to it. Will only stay here when I'm in Chicago!
Such a fun find in the middle of the action. This is an eclectic, boutique hotel. The devil is in the details. We loved the birthday surprise. Such a fun treat. Awesome Gym! Great bars, restaurants. The pour over coffee and refrigerator in Rooms were awesome.