New Ivy Hotel Adds to Chicago's Boutique Scene

Posted by Kristine Hansen on May 15, 2012 at 2:03:17 PM EDT | Post a Comment
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Chicago's boutique-hotel boom continues on the heels of PUBLIC Chicago, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, and Hotel Lincoln with The Ivy Hotel, which just opened this month. (Rates from $225/night.)

Tucked into Chicago's tony Near North neighborhood, The Ivy Hotel caters to the urban eco-chic crowd who yearn to be close to designer shops on Michigan Avenue (the hotel is a block east) but that also have a passion for practicing environmental conservation. Guests are shuttled around, at no cost, in the hotel's two Lexus hybrid cars (will be available after the fall) and paperless check-in is done on iPads. Inside the shell of a vacant building for close to a decade, and most recently an office building, the revamped décor is largely neutral tones and guests enter the lobby under a soft, orange-red, white, or blue (depending on the time of day) glow.

A rooftop lounge on the 16th floor serving cocktails and tapas will properly usher in summer weather at the sleek hotel. And in the lobby lounge a four-course lunch or dinner can be arranged, folding in organic produce from two local purveyors.

On each floor, guests will find just four or five rooms (for a total of 63), which helps cultivate a quiet haven after a day of sightseeing. In fact, each suite has a soaking tub complete with lavender sea salts to coax away stress. Also in the rooms are 19-inch LED television built into the bathroom mirrors; bamboo flooring; rugs spun from spisal; linens (bed sheets, towels, and robes) created from Fair Trade, organic cotton; and amenity bottles featuring post-consumer recycled content. Non-toxic cleaning products, eco-friendly water and energy conservation, and recycling programs are also in place.

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Photo credits: Courtesy of the Ivy Hotel

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  • Michael_Stahlschmidt on Jul 16, 12 at 07:45 PM

    Stayed at the Ivy Boutique Hotel on July 14-15, 2012. TV's weren't working properly, shower flow would fluctuate by the minute, room was ready at check in time specified by hotel.

    Climate control system didn't keep the room cool, either.

    But worst was a total denial of issues from the hotel manager (James), who would only offer a $199 rate on a future stay as an offer for the failings.

    I recommend all look elsewhere. There are plenty of great hotels in Chicago, this is not one of them.

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