The Amalfi hotel is cool, sleek and ever so savvy. In fact, I debated even writing this review. This is one of those great little places that come along so seldom you don’t want to share it with anyone else and keep it your very own little secret. That would be unfair. Everything about the Amalfi is just right. Check in is quick and personal at one on one desks in the small, but bright lobby. As you walk towards the elevators it hits you. The aroma of the Amalfi. Yes, the aroma. Is this a spa or a hotel lobby?
Unlike New York City hotels, where the owners try to squeeze as many teeny tiny rooms on each floor, rooms at the Amalfi are large, inviting, well-appointed and featured great amenities and special extra touches. The bathroom is big and loaded with Aveda products. The room features everything you need from a safety deposit box, iron and ironing board and extras like slippers, housecoats, smooth jazz CD’s, great books on Chicago, one guide you can take with you, a large work area, iPod dock, a cool little chair and a very comfortable bed with great pillows.
The 6th floor lounge serves complimentary drinks from 5 to 7 pm. Surprisingly, it’s an open bar. As for the snacks, not so much. Mind you, my fellow hotel guests were loading up on the appetizers I chose to ignore. A complimentary breakfast is offered by the elevator on each floor in the morning. It’s pretty amazing. Actually it’s really amazing compared to what some hotels embarrassingly slop out. Like really great coffee and love handle inspiring pastries that we all know we are not supposed to eat. Try to pass up ridiculously large chocolate glazed donuts and freshly baked pain au chocolate. Amalfi. Why are you doing this to me? I mean come on. Where is the adult supervision? Of course, there is some fruit and other healthy items for the triathlon crowd, but not today for me. And I bet even the triathlon bunch are sneaking these buttery, sugary delights into their workout bags.
The local neighborhood complements the hotel. With-in a 3 to 5 block radius you’ll find a wide range of great restaurant in every price range along with fun bars and clubs. On top of the list, about a 10 minute walk from the hotel is “Coc Pazzo” at 300 West Hubbard. This is up scale priced Italian that specializes in Tuscany cuisine. This was my first time. I will be returning with friends. It was highly recommended by a friend who I trust when it comes to incredible food and service. It didn’t miss a beat. Make a reservation ------- well in advance. This is a very comfortable restaurant with suburb food and friendly, professional top notch service. Then, at the complete other end of the spectrum, comes the hole in the wall pizza joint around the corner from the Amalfi whose names I missed, but dishes up pizza slices that should be given some kind of Congressional medal of pizza honor. The guy behind the counter knew the name of about every second or third person walking in. That means people come back and come back often. That says it all. The sausage pizza slice is off the Richter scale. The “Public House” bar next door to the hotel is a two phase bar. It’s a beer drinker’s paradise and sport bar during the day, but a packed to the rafters dance club at night. It works too. Line ups on the weekend.
Chicago has so much to offer, but you could actually have a great weekend staying at the Amalfi and not wondering away more than a six block radius of the hotel.
Stay here. Just don’t tell anyone, OK?
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