I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Amalfi for a week for work, as it is one of my company's preferred hotels in Chicago. And I can see why this one is on the list, as the experience was very good.
Location-wise, the Amalfi is ideally situated just north of the Chicago river and very close to Michigan Ave, downtown, the merchandising mart and a number of public transportation options. The Clark/lake subway station that connects to the airport is less than a 10 minute walk. There are a lot of restaurants very close by (including Rick Bayless' fantastic Frontera Grill and Xoco), and a large CVS drugstore just down the street.
I had king deluxe room which was large and comfortable, with any of the amenities one would expect. I even had cookies and a personal note from the guest services manager waiting upon my arrival, which was a nice touch. Bathroom was very large and clean, with very nice Aveda toiletries.
Front desk staff were extremely friendly and always ready to help. Each of the hotel's six stories has its own free continental breakfast by the main elevators, which is a convenient way to grab a bite as you are heading out. There is, however, no sitting area for breakfast.
My only issue was the relatively slow free WiFi (at least on my iPad). My laptop seemed better in that regard, but still somewhat slow. And the TV remote was a bit unusual.
Overall, a fantastic stay. The Amalfi proves that a moderately priced hotel can be a great choice in a city with a lot of competition. I would certainly stay here again and will recommend it to my friends.
- 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