Combining business with pleasure, my spouse and I opted to stay for 2 nights at the Ivy. We were in town primarily to visit family, but also needed to be centrally located for a meeting. The Ivy is very conveniently located, within walking distance of all Chicago's downtown attractions.
As others have noted, the rooms are of modern, chic design. Our room on the 7th floor had no view, but was elegantly appointed. The bed was very comfortable, with superior linens. The bathroom had a beautiful stand-alone shower, with both a rain-head shower, and a hand shower. There was a Keurig coffee maker, with k-cups, along with sundry items for purchase in the minibar.
Very minor quibbles: our bed was a platform bed, where the platform projected out from the mattress about 6 inches, and we both "barked" our shins multiple times on it. Perhaps as the room is irregularly shaped (ie, not a perfect rectangle) this might be an issue with just this room, as I never saw into any other room to notice whether another bed might be located in close proximity to other furniture.
Another minor negative observation is that some of the surfaces are not finished well. For example, there is some kind of a service panel on the ceiling in the bedroom with chipped paint around it. Also, one corner of that shin-bruising platform bed seems to be repaired with packaging tape.
As mentioned, these are very nitpicky observations, but they do affect the overall impression of the experience. On the whole, we were very pleased with the room, and the hotel generally.
Our reception was very welcoming - the staff were invariably pleasant and helpful!
We would happily stay here again, and would encourage others seeking a nice splurge.
- 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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