Based on the glowing reviews here I'd expected quite a lot from the Amalfi. Our stay over the Easter weekend wasn't bad, but I cant help feeling slightly deflated. Before I get on to that, a few of the good points...
The location is great, one block from the river and hence walking distance from everything in the center. The restaurant across the road (the one that supplies the room service) does good steaks and has bags of character, a real asset. Free breakfast laid on outside the lifts on each floor is nice, but you do need to time your sortie just right in order to get much of a selection.
On the downside, the rooms (and hotel in general) are rather tired in appearance (worn fittings and fixtures etc) and lack anything resembling character - you're clearly in a cheap concrete box, taking me right back to my days in student dorms.
There's nothing actually bad here, and they are trying a few different things which is to be applauded in this world of large chains, but for me the experience wasnt really top notch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the vibrant River North district, Kinzie Hotel embodies the adventurous spirit of Chicago. Named after the renowned Chicago settler and silversmith, John Kinzie, the history and culture of this exciting city unfolds at our doorstep, waiting to be discovered. Boasting a central location near Michigan Avenue and the Loop, this contemporary Chicago boutique hotel is a sophisticated downtown escape for both business and leisure travelers. Whether your interests are arts, dining, shopping, or nightlife, our ideal location easily allows you to embark on an urban exploration of Chicago. Chic, comfortable accommodations feature Chicago-inspired design elements and luxurious amenities, including rejuvenating H2O Plus Spa products and Keurig coffeemakers. Enjoy our continental breakfast, conveniently served on each floor just steps from your guest room. Every evening from 5pm - 8pm, guests are welcome to unwind during our nightly reception in the Double Cross Lounge. Each guest will receive one complimentary drink per night and can enjoy an assortment of hors d'oeuvres. Stay connected with lightning-fast WiFi throughout the hotel or by visiting our 24-hour business center. Keep up with your workout schedule in a well-equipped 24-hour fitness center, featuring state-of-the-art equipment, free weights, Yoga/Pilates mats, and more. At Kinzie Hotel, you'll experience Chicago like you never have before. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chicago Amalfi Hotel
- Amalfi Hotel Chicago