Kimpton offers boutique hotels at an affordable price in great urban locations. The Hotel Allegro is on the border of the financial and theater districts. It is about a 10-15 minute walk to the north end of Millenium Park. My room was small but very comfortable, with a desk and large flat screen TV. The closet is TINY. The bathroom, also small, is well appointed in marble, a single sink and decent counter space for the size. All to be expected from a building built in the early 1900's. The air-conditioning worked well. Kimpton still offers stocked mini-bars and comfy bathrobes. In contrast, the contemporary design done in black, white, blue and silver, with lots of patterns and interesting shapes creates a modern luxury feel.
The lobby is on the second floor and offers 3 distinct seating areas, also done in stylish contemporary design. Kimpton offers a complimentary wine reception in the lobby. If you choose to partake, come early to stake out your seats. If the hotel is full, the lobby gets busy and the queue for the wine and beer is continuous for the full hour of the reception. There are light appetizers passed and management puts out a few party games for guest use.
The elevators are small, can be slow, especially after the evening reception or when there are events in the ballroom on the 2nd floor.
There is a Starbucks in the building with access through the first floor entrance.
Built by the Eitel Brothers in 1926, as part of the entire block development, including the Cadillac Theater, the hotel has lots of architectural character and an art deco flair; including a working mail chute down the entire building.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the downtown Chicago Loop and newly renovated, the exquisite Hotel Allegro Chicago has reopened to great acclaim. Centered in the lively theatre district, adjacent to Encore Lounge and restaurant 312 Chicago, this hotel is convenient to Chicago’s greatest attractions. The historic building, dating from 1924, features original Art Deco elements combined with modern luxuries to create a multi-sensory feast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Allegro Chicago Kimpton