My stay at the Thompson Chicago, in February 2020, was my last trip before COVID-19. So, while my stay was just a few months prior, I’m certain the experience is, today, somewhat changed.
I arrived in the early morning, departing from Philadelphia International Airport pre-dawn. Luckily, the lobby was quiet and my room was ready well in advance of check-in time. I quickly freshened up before a day of meetings.
As you enter the hotel and lobby, it feels like you’re entering a personal home that is warm and welcoming. The decor also boasts rich colors and an abundance of comfortable seating.
I was booked in a king-bed room with rainfall showerhead and city view. The room was almost oriented lengthwise: From the entrance, it opened into a foyer with a wall of windows. The bathroom was to the right of the door, and it was long, with a sink/vanity immediately to the left, in addition to a spacious shower with the toilet on the right side. The bathroom was quite large with plenty of space for toiletries. It did take me a few tries before I realized where all the different bathroom light switches were located.
As I continued down the foyer, a desk sat to the right, facing out the windows, which allowed for great views and lots of natural light. As I entered the bedroom area the room opened up more. A bed flanked by two nightstands sat adjacent to the desk and across from a couch and table set against the windows. The TV was mounted on the wall across from the desk.
I ran across the street the afternoon of my stay to grab lunch. I brought it back to the room and, thanks to the guestroom’s spacious set-up and separate seating area, I had plenty of space to eat, relax and work.
On the morning of my departure, I ate breakfast at the on-site Nico Osteria, which also serves lunch and dinner. I enjoyed my breakfast, alongside a good, strong cup of coffee and people-watching through the large windows and my vantage point along the North Rush Street side of the building. Salone Nico is the hotel’s wine bar and cocktail lounge. Private dining options are also available at Nico.
Thompson Chicago boasts 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space. A $17-a-day destination fee includes coffee and tea in Nico, Lexus house car service Tuesday through Sunday (based on availability), exclusive discounts through outside partners and more.
Location is crucial, and the Thompson Chicago boasts an excellent one in the Gold Coast neighborhood, just off the Magnificent Mile and near Lake Michigan. My colleagues were staying on the Chicago River and our appointments and meetings were all over the city; Thompson Chicago served as a convenient home base for all of it, and easy to/from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
21 E. Bellevue Place
Chicago, IL 60611
tel 312 266 2100
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