Emily Evans

The Viceroy Chicago

  • Where:Chicago, Illinois
  • Why:Summer staycation.
  • When:August 2019
  • Who:Me and my #1 travel companion.
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Lobby views.

Very attentive staff at check-in.

Original 1920s façade.

Drinks at Somerset.

Somerset Bar.

No shortage of great cocktails.

Staycation mode.

Hotel entryway.

Not too shabby in here.

Room with a lake view.

Art extends into the expansive bathrooms.

It’s all in the details.

Roof view at Devereaux.

The retro continues.

View from room.

En suite cocktail bar.

Gets a little psychedelic.

Somerset patio.

Highs & Lows

  • Assuming the Chicago weather is on your side, this hotel will immediately send you into vacation mode with all of the great food/ beverage options, numerous outside spaces to take in the city views and its impeccable design.

  • Complimentary transportation is provided upon availability in the hotel’s Tesla Model X house car to any destination within 2 miles. Given the hotel’s central location, plan on arriving in style to all you have planned during your stay.

  • Not feeling the Tesla? The hotel also offers complimentary bikes so you can go for a ride along the beautiful Lakeshore trail, weather permitting.

  • There’s no denying it, the hotel is located in tourist central. There is so much to do nearby you’ll need to plan another trip to experience some of Chicago’s more residential neighborhoods and their hidden gems.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Midsized Boutique

  • Vibe

    Formerly the 1920s era Cedar Hotel, the Viceroy combines historic architectural elements like the original façade with a sleek modern remodel. The rooms are decorated with a hip retro vibe, but boast cool modern finishes and fixtures.

  • Location

    Smack in the center of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. You are steps away from designer shopping on the Magnificent Mile and Lake Michigan. The downside to this prime Chi-Town real estate? Expect some crowds.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Nice, ambient background tunes.

  • Year Opened

    September of 2017.

  • Designed By

    Chicago-based developer Convexity Properties, Goettsch Partners and hospitality design firm TAL Studio.

  • Pool/Gym

    The rooftop lounge, Devereaux, and seasonal pool on the hotel’s 18th floor offer a premier view of the city that stretches all the way to Lake Michigan. Don’t expect to do any laps at the hotel pool though. Its atmosphere is more party than fitness. Fear not athletes, there is also a nice gym on the 5th floor where you can sweat out the deep dish.

  • Restaurant

    In addition to Devereaux on the roof, which offers small plates and sandwiches, the first two floors of the hotel are home to Somerset which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving seasonal American cuisine. Michelin starred Chef Lee Wolen of Boka Restaurant Group really brings her A-game to this fine dining establishment. Dinner was one of the best meals I’ve had all year. You’ll definitely want to make a reservation in advance.

  • Bar

    You are set on drinks between the more casual vibe of Devereaux on the roof, and the beautiful bar at Somerset on the ground floor.

  • Minibar

    The mini bar is well stocked with beer, wine and other beverages, as well as an array of snacks. Each room also has a Nespresso machine for your morning coffee. The hotel stocks every room with its own craft cocktail kit so that guests can enjoy a Gin Collins in bed if so inclined.

  • Children

    While I didn’t see many, you could go either way on this one. The rooms are on the larger side and the hotel is located next to Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, as well as plenty of kid friendly shopping and adventure. Pets are also welcome.

  • Price

    Affordable luxury.

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