We are just ending our one week stay at the Amalfi Hotel in my favorite part of town, the versatile RiverNorth area. The hotel is sleek, and clean with all the services you need, but with a friendliness that makes you feel welcomed instead of that "are you sure you are good enough to stay at our hotel" kind of feeling that you can get at very high end boutique places. Best of all, the room charges are very reasonable for the area.
How they cut corners is on things you don't really miss. They don't have a sundry shop, but there are probably three 7-11s within a block of the hotel. They don't have their own restaurant, but there are 10 in every surrounding block, all screaming out to you to come in and grab a table. And the terrific room service comes from Harry Carray's across the street. They don't have a pool which I might have missed in the summer. I didn't at 30 degrees in January.
No. It appears they have done their market research, and have chosen to focus on some key areas that make the Amalfi experience very enjoyable. They offer a substantial continental breakfast every morning, not in the lobby, but near the elevators on each floor. The guests come out in their PJs to grab coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, bagels, cheese sticks and fruit to enjoy back in their rooms. They also have a happy hour every evening. The valet parking has a price tag you can actually live with, and the front desk staff have great recommendations for restaurants and activities. Hallelujah, the wi-fi was included in the price of the room - no additional charge. I must say, however, that although it got the job done, the signal could have been stronger.
Overall, given the room quality, service, location, and value - the Amalfi is a great RiverNorth choice.
- 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