Nicole Schnitzler

Virgin Hotels Chicago

Chicago

by: Nicole Schnitzler

  • Why

    Hotel opening.

  • When

    June 2015

  • Who

    Just me!

Highs + Lows

  • Room service is lightning fast.

  • A 30-minute massage may not seem long, but Cheryl masterfully makes the most of it. Get. There.

  • Highlights of dinner at Commons Club: tuna tartare with peanuts and ginger, grilled chicken thigh skewers, and our super attentive and amiable server Connor.

  • Ridiculously comfortable beds that offer numerous seating positions thanks to seatbacks attached at various corners of the bed.

  • With nationwide finds that span artisanal and for the masses, the mini bar is seriously impressive. The best part? No rip-offs here — everything is street priced.

  • Music may be their thing, but the hotel could benefit from turning it down a decibel — conversation was difficult to be had during dinner and rooftop drinks.

: 46/50
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  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    Business hotel with leisure travelers, as well.

  • Vibe

    Hip, playful, and sophisticated through and through.

  • Location

    In the heart of the Loop, just steps away from the shopping of Michigan Avenue and the city’s best theaters.

  • Rooms

    250, including 40 one-bedroom suites called Grand Chamber Suites and two Penthouse Suites.

  • Music

    DJs on floors 2 and 26 spin a range of tunes, from soul and funk to house and synthpop. Live performances from bands and solo artists also filter their way through frequently.

  • Year Opened

    2015

  • Designed By

    Rockwell Group

  • Pool/Gym

    Pool: No. Gym: Yes, along with outdoor yoga classes and a spa.

  • Restaurant

    The Commons Club, which will be a universal concept throughout all of the to-be Virgin Hotels, and Miss Ricky’s, a modern-day diner that throws a healthy twist on greasy spoon favorites.

  • Bar

    Head to the Commons Club from 6-7pm for their daily happy hour, where nothing is off limits. Be sure to snag a seat in either of the adjacently placed spaces: the Shag Room, a space dedicated to the lively carpet, or the Funny Library, a comically-stocked reading room surrounding baskets of candy. Later on, check out Cerise on the 26th floor for DJ-spun revelry surrounded by uncompromised views of the Chicago skyline. They’ve even got you covered the morning after with Two Zero Three, their lobby level bar that serves coffee and wine amidst plentiful outlets and raucous games (think Cards Against Humanity).

  • Minibar

    Well-stocked with well-liked products, such as Veuve-Clicquot Champagne, Bombay Sapphire Gin, and Fever-Tree Ginger Beer, along with juices and coconut water. Snacks run the gamut, from the mainstream (Swedish Fish and M&Ms) to more artisanal options (Vosges chocolate bars and Champagne-infused gummy bears from Sugarfina).

  • Wifi

    Yes — fast and free.

  • Children

    Bring them — the hotel will take good care of them (and you and yours, thanks to suites with adjacent — i.e. close but not too close — bedrooms). Be sure to provide info on your kids in your pre-stay profile — the hotel will send personalized amenities matching their age range (just one example saw a 4-year-old requesting fireworks, which she received in the form of a decorative display in the room, not short of Pop Rocks for the full experience).

  • Price

    Starting at $259/night.

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