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Kinzie Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   20 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654 (Formerly Amalfi Hotel Chicago) (Near North Side)   |  
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Ranked #17 of 168 hotels in Chicago
Morris, Illinois
1 review
“Its my new favorite place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

We stayed at the Amalfi over Easter weekend and all I can say is "wow". I bowled over by not only the service but also the amenities, location, rooms and staff. It was a first romantic get away for us and staying there made it that more special. In fact it was a nearly perfect weekend thanks in part to our accommodations.

The concierge recommended some jazz and blues clubs nearby and even provided some coupons for us. Be sure to ask for t

I am having company come in from out of town in a couple of months and we will be staying there again.

Thank you, thank you, thank you

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

We got a really good deal at this hotel so I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived and it was so nice. The bedroom and bathroom were both large and clean and the bed very comfy. It is located right near the Trump hotel and just a short walk to the main attractions such as Millennium Park. We really enjoyed our stay here.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Brush Prairie, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

My family loved this hotel and we would stay here again. Great location and staff.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Rapids, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2011

I booked this hotel for a business trip + vacation w/ my wife. Our criteria -- good location, low price, free breakfast ('cause the company only covers mine), and free drinks ('cause they don't cover that!). We also spent a night at the Embassy Suites, which also met our criteria, for comparison.

We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the Amalfi. The room was nothing special, but the location was great! Lots of walkable restaurants and nightlife nearby. Easy walking distance to all the tourist attractions, subway, etc. Tip: if you arrive by train, be sure to take the $2 water taxi from the train stations directly to the Trump Towers next door to the Amalfi.

What really set this hotel apart from others was their free happy hour! They served up good drinks made from top-shelf (well, at least mid-shelf) liquor, along with a couple of signature drinks. They also had a good selection of cheese, bruschetta, meats, etc. to snack on each night. Yeah, the lounge got a bit crowded, but never uncomfortable. We were always able to find a seat.

The free breakfast was fine, but not as good as it looks in the pictures. It was convenient to have it set up on each floor, but it was definitely "continental", with few choices for protein. Tip: grab a couple of pieces of ham and cheese from the happy hour, throw 'em in your mini fridge at night, and you can create your own breakfast sandwich in the morning when they put out the croissants and bagels.

Oh, one more thing... Before we arrived, we posted to their Facebook page. Our first evening, they hand-delivered a plate of really good chocolate chip cookies and a handwritten note thanking us for our Facebook post. I don't know if everyone gets the cookies, but the personalized comment impressed us.

Comparison w/ Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown: Amalfi had a much better happy hour and better service. The free internet was nice, too. Guests at the Amalfi were definitely younger and more "professional", and the decor was more upscale. The Embassy Suites had better rooms and a better breakfast, but seemed to cater more to families and leisure travelers. Locations were about equal -- they're only a couple of blocks apart. I would stay at either hotel again.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

Hotel is located in a perfect location. Five minute walk from the Subway station and buses run right by the hotel. Not noisy, at least from the 6th floor. We reserved a corner room on the 6th floor (the "no pets" floor) and it was great. I highly recommend a corner room for the small extra charge. Our room was large with massive corner windows overlooking the Trump Hotel. Excellent bed. Very clean and modern. There's a small bar fridge in the room that you can take the liquor items out of an put your own stuff into. I think larger fridges are available for extra charge if you need it. Free internet.

Breakfast is served on each floor. Cold continental, but good. Good variety. The complimentary cocktails in the evening is great as well. Excellent drinks and lots of cold and hot hors d'oeuvres served in the lounge.

Very close by are several popular bars/clubs that are packed at night. Lots of restaurants, including a small pizza joint for a quick takeout snack late at night. Also a couple of convenience stores around the corner.

Next time we go to Chicago, we'll stay there again. Great hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2011

location - right in downtown Chicago, very convenient
Room - Model but a little worn, furniture chipped off. Nice big bathroom, dual shower head is good touch. Lockable mini referi, digital safe box. reliable wi-fi is free of charge.
Amenities - Gym is good size and well kept. Open 24 hours/day. Breakfast is at each floor lobby, love that. food are just Ok, not fancy.
Parking is expensive $44 for valey parking for a day
Service is above average
Price is acceptable, I paid $134 before tax

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miamisburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2011

The Amalfi ended up being perfect for the get away trip to Chicago. Just a few blocks from the subway, Michigan Ave, and a TON of great places to eat. The free Happy Hour was great, I was impressed with the quality, I was expecting cheap alcohol, but was surprised with the brands I saw. We didn't take advantage of the free breakfast, but it looked pretty good. The staff was all very pleasant and always greeted us anytime we came back in. I would definitely recommend the hotel to any of my friends or family.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 20 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654 (Formerly Amalfi Hotel Chicago)
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Near North Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#18 Family Hotel in Chicago
#25 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kinzie Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the vibrant River North district, Kinzie Hotel embodies the adventurous spirit of Chicago. Named after the renowned Chicago settler and silversmith, John Kinzie, the history and culture of this exciting city unfolds at our doorstep, waiting to be discovered. Boasting a central location near Michigan Avenue and the Loop, this contemporary Chicago boutique hotel is a sophisticated downtown escape for both business and leisure travelers. Whether your interests are arts, dining, shopping, or nightlife, our ideal location easily allows you to embark on an urban exploration of Chicago.Chic, comfortable accommodations feature Chicago-inspired design elements and luxurious amenities, including rejuvenating H20 Plus Spa products and Keurig coffeemakers. Enjoy our complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, conveniently served on each floor just steps from your guest room. An evening reception in our intimate Double Cross Lounge is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day of meetings or exploring the Windy City.Stay connected with complimentary, lightning-fast WiFi throughout the hotel or by visiting our complimentary 24-hour business center. Keep up with your workout schedule in a well-equipped 24-hour fitness center, featuring state-of-the-art equipment, free weights, Yoga/Pilates mats, and more. At Kinzie Hotel, you’ll experience Chicago like you never have before. ... more   less 
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Chicago Amalfi Hotel
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