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“Wonderful girls weekend”
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Ivy Boutique Hotel
Ranked #88 of 190 Hotels in Chicago
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scubaspice
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful girls weekend”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

My husband surprised me by inviting a few girlfriends for a girls weekend for my big birthday..

We had 3 rooms on the 12th floor, it was wonderful!

The staff was great, took care of us, the rooms were comfortable, the bathrooms were awesome, the bar was fun, with great selections.

My husband an I are looking to book a weekend just for a little fun in the city.

Room Tip: Note- no swimming pool or spa services at the hotel. Can't undo the rating.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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JamesCazares, General Manager at Ivy Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review about our property, the Ivy Boutique Hotel. We're so glad you and your girlfriends enjoyed the rooms, bathrooms, and our Lobby Restaurant Bar. Although we do not have a swimming pool, we are partners with the River East Club 3 short blocks from the hotel. We hope on your next visit to the Ivy that you get a chance to enjoy these services.

Sincerely,

James Cazares
General Manager
T. 312.335.5444
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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2012

I was in Chicago for a convention and made reservations based on TA reviews, but unfortunately the hotel did not meet my expectations...
It was full of pros and cons, specially cons!
On our arrival at 10:30 AM after a twelve hour flight, we were told that the room would not be available until 4PM. We explained that we hade flown a lot and if they could try to have the room a bit earlier which they promised to phone us in case they had, but never did. We arrived back at the hotel at 3:30PM and then, they had the room. Actually they just pretended they would phone us...
The telephone in the room was not working at all. Every time they wanted to call us, for a restaurant or shuttle reservation, they would knock on the door. One day, trying to get a shuttle to the airport, they knocked four times from 7 to 11 AM. A bit too much...
There was only one robe in the room. Although I asked for a second one they never brought one up.
The closet is really tiny with only four hangers and the safe can be removed by anyone to take home.
In the evening there is a greasy smell coming from tne restaurants next door. We were in the 14th floor.
All that put together surely eclipses the fact that the hotel room has a lovely and very modern decoration in the rooms and that the bathrooms are all marble. It is also very well located , close to many restaurants, attractions and Michigan Ave.

Room Tip: Choose a very high floor so the smell from the restaurants will not bother much.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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JamesCazares, General Manager at Ivy Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our property on Trip Advisor. I'm sorry that your check-in did not go more smoothly. This is not normal occurrence for our guests. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your stay in more detail. Feel free to contact me by phone or email at your convenience.

Sincerely,

James Cazares
General Manager
T. 312.335.5444
E. james@exploreivy.com
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Long Island, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Had the King suite on 2nd floor. Entire room smelled like a greasy spoon kitchen, probably because it's situated above fast food restaurants. Overlooked the dumpster of said restaurants, even saw a rat running out of the dumpster. Our entire wardrobe/suitcases/and ourselves smelled like the greasy oil.
Not what a "luxury" hotel should be. Maybe other floors are better, but we will not be back to try again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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8 Thank onewhotravels_12
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JamesCazares, General Manager at Ivy Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our hotel on TripAdvisor. I'm sorry that your stay was not to your liking. If you have a moment please reach out to me, I'd like the opportunity to speak with you about your stay.

Sincerely,

James Cazares
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T. 312.335.5444
E. james@exploreivy.com
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San Rafael, California
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Really enjoyed the rooms here. Way way better than the other places I stay when I travel for business. Rooms are great size, comfortable bed, nice bathroom, great amenities, and really is a more special place to stay.

Two very small downsides in my opinion. 1. There is no gym there anymore. They give you a day pass to a gym a few blocks away but its a major effort to walk those blocks in gym clothes in cold weather (but good news is you can do the stairwells for some good cardio) and 2. Their shampoo is stamped "made in china".

Those are the only nitpicks on a really great place. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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JamesCazares, General Manager at Ivy Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write an amazing review about the Ivy Boutique Hotel. We are so happy that your experience made the cut for your top ten hotel experiences. We hope to see you in the near future!

Sincerely,

James Cazares
General Manager
T. 312.335.5444
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Dallas, Texas, United States
1 review
Reviewed November 7, 2012

First and foremost, the hotel was beautiful - very well appointed and quaint, which made a nice place go "home" to all week. The suite was very spacious. It was easily accessible to everywhere we wanted to go - very ideally located! The staff was also extremely helpful and kind.

My fiancé and I have been shopping for a new bed and we actually reached out to hotel management to find out the "make/model" of the bed they have in their rooms as it was one agreeably the most comfortable sleep we'd both had in quite some time.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Whoischi
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JamesCazares, General Manager at Ivy Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our property, the Ivy Boutique Hotel. We are thrilled that you call Ivy you're home away from home! Hopefully we will soon on your next visit to Chicago!

Sincerely,

James Cazares
General Manager
T. 312.335.5444
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NY, NY
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

This was a last minute stay here and couldn't have been happier. The rooms were exquisite - soaking tub, rain shower, sitting area. Great hotel. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The location is great for walking around or getting a bite to eat. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Thank cdags
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JamesCazares, General Manager at Ivy Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review about our property, the Ivy Boutique Hotel. We are so glad you enjoyed our guestrooms and our staff. We hope to welcome you back to the hotel in the near future!

Kind regards,

James Cazares
General Manager
T. 312.335.5444
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I booked the room thru Priceline and got a great rate. The location of the hotel is great, the amenities are very nice as well. I was not overly impressed with the hotel room itself, for instance the tv inside the bathroom mirror was a waste to me because the mirror has a smokey effect, try putting on makeup with that! Overall I had a pleasant stay but I wouldn't jump at the chance to stay again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank ChiTownChica1
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JamesCazares, General Manager at Ivy Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel, the Ivy Boutique Hotel. I'm glad you enjoyed our central location near the magnificent mile and the amenities within the guestrooms. I believe you will be happy to hear that the hotel will be changing out most of the mirrors this winter. We would love welcome you back to the hotel to see the transformation.

Sincerely,

James Cazares
General Manager
T. 312.335.5444
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Property: Ivy Boutique Hotel
Address: 233 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611-3214
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Streeterville , Near North Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #88 of 190 Hotels in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ivy Boutique Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chicago's newest four star boutique hotel located just steps away from the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Ave, Chicago beaches, Navy Pier, and the restaurants of Streeterville. Experience IVY a Hotel like no other... Look to the IVY as your luxury boutique hotel experience in Chicago... Elegant, sophisticated, stylish, incredibly comfortable and quiet, the IVY is everything you’re looking for. The IVY Hotel offers distinguished and discreet personalized service. You'll find its sleek modern decor refined and understated, complemented by works of fine art from local artists. Each room and suite has been custom designed with functionality in mind. Soaring 16 floors high and with 63 rooms mostly composed of suites with your comfort in mind. Amenities at the IVY positively define luxury. ... more   less 
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