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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 169 Hotels in Chicago
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“Great Hotel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011 via mobile

Stayed at the Amalfi Hotel for a girls' getaway weekend. We all loved it. Clean rooms, great service, and we loved the happy hour! Saved us a lot of money by enjoying our cocktails at the hotel before our dinner reservations. We would definitely stay here again!!

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2011

The Amalfi hotel was more than I expected! So modern and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful! It was close to lots of bars and a few blocks away from Magnificent Mile. We had a great time. The complimentary breakfast and happy hour were awesome with a good assortment. We will definitely be back!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

I booked this hotel in a package deal with our airline flights to and from Chicago between July 2 and July 8; all reviews on various sites, including TripAdvisor, were positive, which helped in my decision.

We flew into O'Hare, took the Blue Line subway (about 30-40 minutes, depending on the stops, it isn't an express by any means, but is certainly cheaper than a taxi ride); we got off on the Clark St. stop and walked north across the Chicago River bridge a couple of blocks, then another couple of blocks east to the Amalfi Hotel on West Kinzie Street. It was rather hot that day, but as long as your luggage is wheeled, it is certainly bearable and worth the savings of either a taxi or a rental car (and they do have high daily charges for parking at the hotel).

The lobby is small but nicely decorated. There are generally two staff on duty and I always found anyone there very helpful and friendly, more than happy to help you arrange reservations or give you ideas for excursions. We checked in without any trouble, though they do get a bit insistent on wanting you to have a key to the bar/fridge combo, since you CAN use what little room is left in there for your own food or drink. They also insist on a credit card in case you do use something out of there, even if, as we did, pay our bill upfront through Expedia. We had no problems with them upon checkout, however (no bogus claims of eating a candy bar or guzzling down one of the little alcoholic beverages).

There are two elevators, both in good shape; our room, a queen bed (non-smoking throughout the hotel) had an absolutely lovely view of a roof and watertank eastward. I'm not complaining, mind you--it was just rather dominant, but if we'd wanted a fantastic view, we'd probably could have asked for a change, but no particular reason to. The bed was comfortable, though there seemed to be an awful lot of sheets fitted to it. The air conditioning is quite easy to set and very efficient, which was welcomed on the hot July 4th week we were in town. The bathroom was nice, with Aveda products available, along with a hair dryer. The closet, while not large, could have used some more hangers, but it did have a free safe for valuables and had a irorning board and iron, along with a complementary umbrella and a couple of robes with slippers (however, the ads for Amalfi seem to encourage going out into the hallway to get the free morning breakfast in your robe and slippers; as a 6'2" fella, I don't recommend it, as the exposure from the rather smallish robe would probably have gotten me arrested in most states). A LCD TV was provided with a DVD player; while the hotel does offer HBO, the other choices on their system outside of local channels, usual network offerings, was a bit on the sparce side, but you don't come to Chicago to sit in your room and watch TV, do you? It would have been nice to have a little more selection in the evenings when we were resting, however.

The hotel has free internet wi-fi service, though you can also plug into their network as well. I never had any problem in getting service, though it does apparently require relogging in ever 24 hours or so, which is a bit irritating, but manageable. My Nook Color reader, which also has wi-fi capability, hooked up into the network as well with no problems. If you do not have a laptop or e-reader with wi-fi capability, there is a business center on the 4th floor that has both PCs and Apple systems with a laser printer. I was able to access my e-mail account and my business e-mail with no trouble and had no trouble printing out airline passes.

As indicated, the hotel offers free breakfast every morning on each floor in front of the elevators. It is continental with cereal, juices, yogurt, muffins, danishes, croissants and the like, along with coffee and tea. Don't bother with the in-room coffee maker or the "Wolfgang Puck" brand coffee; it is absolutely terrible. Fortunately, the coffee at breakfast was quite good and the staff keeps it full during the breakfast service.

The hotel also offers an early evening "reception" on their 6th floor lounge, which is essentially just a large room with a bartender. They offer a number of drinks, alcoholic and not, particularly their two house drinks, which they are happy to share the receipies for. There is also an antipasti layout and the days we went it was well attended; the food was fresh and quite good.

The Amalfi is across the street from Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse, which does provide room service upon request; it also has Keefer's Steakhouse on the first floor. Keefer's appears to have a good reputation, but the prices aren't for the faint of heart. There are, however, many restaurants within close walking distance of the hotel, any many of them are quite reasonable. We ate at Xoco (Rick Bayless' Mexican street food--very good), Maggiano's Little Italy (good), Rock Bottom Bar and Grill (good burgers and on-site brewed beers), Ben Pao's (Chinese--very good) and the Public House (brew pub with an excellent beer selection and very good food) which is a few steps away from the front door of the hotel.

The Amalfi itself is basically between the Miracle Mile and the Theatre District; you can walk to many things without a problem (like the Art Institute) or you can use Chicago's excellent bus and train system. Just make sure to buy a multi-day pass when you first get in, don't lose the card and get a map; it is easy to use and we never felt endangered at any time.

We took in the Chicago Chocolate Tour and the Architectural Cruise, both of which were fun (though again, for the time of year, rather hot and steamy to participate in). The hotel staff again would have been more than happy to help arrange any number of activities and they had an entire file of pamphlets to hand out.

All in all the Amalfi was well worth the trip. It may not necessarily be the most luxurious or best appointed, but for the value it was good and very comfortable. We've stayed over the years in bigger-name places and not been as well taken care of. We even had one repair necessary to our toilet which was taken care of quickly and an minor emergency (lost prescription glasses) that they helped with as well.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wallkill, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2011

The Amalfi Hotel was a fine hotel all in all. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean and adequate for our needs. Breakfast served on each floor every morning was great. The evening free cocktail hour was wonderful in terms of food and drink; however, the room where this was held was quite small with limited seating. The Amalfi Hotel is centrally located; in fact, you could walk to most major tourist sites. One negative was the lack of a proper lobby. It almost feels like you are entering an apartment building rather than a hotel. I would recommend this hotel. It is a very good value.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2011

Stayed here for two nights on a getaway. Hotel was perfect: clean, friendly, well-priced, perfectly located. Hotel is small enough for you to get personal service every time you walked into lobby. Room was relatively spacious and well-appointed, clean. Had some nice touches, such as a DVD player in the room and a small lending library. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Corner room was great; see if you can get that!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cowan Heights
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

Hotel is well located in the River North district of Chicago. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Continental Breakfast is provided on each floor and evening reception with complimentary cocktails is also a plus. Room and appointments are very comfortable with plush towels and robes provided. Internet is free and business center includes printing. Room was very well priced for the location.

This is a low rise hotel in a high rise city, so views are very limited. I booked a corner room which was supposed to have better views. Most of my view was of brick wall of neighboring bar. The extra square footage was in the hallway in the room. Not worth the premium for the room. The southeast corner, where my room was located, is adjacent to a bar that was fairly noisy at closing time.

Hotel does not have a bar or restaurant, but Keefers and Harry Careys are within a half block. The Public House bar is next door.

Will probably stay at hotel again. Very good value for the money.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fresno, California
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

Smack in the center of town (next to the TRUMP TOWER), 1 block from the Chicago River, steps from Michigan Avenue, just sweet! Tons of eateries in the vicinity, incl. the famous (Mexican) restaurant FRONTERA and the all sorts of food restaurant PORTILLOS (a must). Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago (what a collection!!), shopping - all within minutes. We had a ball in this city. Chicago's Architecture is incredible. The hotel staff was very pleasant and helpful. Breakfast was served as a buffet on every floor, items to be taken to the room. Our room was elegant and comfy. No complaints - except our wake-up call for 3:00am came an hour late - bummer!

Room Tip: We don't think there is a best room as the views are limited due to surrounding highrises.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#17 Family Hotel in Chicago
#22 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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