After reading some of the negative reviews, we were prepared for only an average experience at the hotel. We were pleasantly surprised. The staff at the Ivy hotel were extremely professional and welcoming. Our room was upgraded and we ended up in a King Suite...loved the extra space!...and glad we got a bigger room for the price we paid. The hotel is clean, modern, and is in a great location just off of Michigan Ave...close but far enough to be on a quieter street. Transit is all within walking distance. Our stay was during the weekend of the marathon so the streets were definitely busy with visitors. We would definitely stay at the Ivy again for our next visit. We were very happy with our room and felt like we could really relax after a long day of site seeing. It didn't feel like we were just in a hotel room.
Some minor negatives: The view from our 2nd floor room was of dumpsters in an alley. We don't need to have a nice view however no view is better than a bad view. If the windows were frosted, we could have kept the shades open to let some natural light in. We kept the shades closed because we really didn't want to look at the alley. Also the water temperature in the shower is quite hot...had to adjust and wait until it was not so hot before stepping in.
Overall, we were very pleased with the hotel. Staff was exceptional and our room was clean, comfortable and very livable.
- 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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