Review: The Ivy Boutique Hotel, 233 E Ontario Chicago, IL

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The Ivy hotel is an upscale establishment, nestled just a few blocks away from the Magnificent Mile. With just 63 rooms, all are lavishly furnished to make any stay delightful. A stay at the Ivy is a stay to remember.

The stay began with an upgrade to the King Suite for just an additional $25 dollars.

Rating: 4 ½ Stars


The Good:

  • The Bathroom: The bathroom in the Ivy is amazing! It is honestly one the best hotel bathrooms I have ever seen. I’ve stayed in hotels everywhere, and this is top notch. French doors made out of this beautiful mahogany wood, that swing open to this palatial space. Bathtub big enough for two adults, large picture mirror with 9″ television inside, and marvelous shower with the waterfall head. This bathroom was enough for me
  • The Sleeping Area: The bed was a very comfortable mattress on a platform frame, so it sat low, but is very wide and long. The iPod dock clock and nightstands were comparable to the reach from the bed. There was a 40″ tv on the left side of the bed mounted to a swivel arm leaving the wall directly across from the bed bare, which was a pro and con (more on that later). All in all the sleep was grand.
  • The Living Room/Sitting Area: I upgraded rooms as I mentioned before, and the upgrade proved to be a wonderful choice. The sitting area had beautiful decor, where functionality and aesthetics met seamlessly. The giant picture window was controlled by an electronic wall pad. The couch was a full sectional, with chaise piece that provided a wonderful seat to look at the other 40″ tv in the room (yes, that’s three tvs! CRAZY!). There was also a funky high back chair set by the window that provided a beautiful splash of purple. The area also had a desk for writing, which I did not take advantage of this stay, but the woodwork was magnificent. This area was the only place in the room with carpet, and the area rug did match the decor without taking away from the beautiful mahogany floors.
  • Guest Services: There are a lot of reviews about the Ivy bashing the rude, inattentive employees working in guest services. I was really impressed by the amount of attention and friendliness from the staff. They offered suggestions, accommodations, and even coupons for nearby restaurants!

 

The Not So Good:

  • The Missing Door: I think that some sort of partition could have separated the living room area from the bedroom. If you have both televisions on, you can hear the other’s viewing selection. Some sort of door, shade, curtain…hell, soul beads would have helped. Not that much of a con, but it was something that came up.
  • The Fitness Center: The fitness center is not on site. There is, however, a 24 hour service to the gym nearby for those who want to workout during their stay. You can call the front desk and have the shuttle waiting for you. Once again, this isn’t a “con” but was a new experience. If you’re wondering, no we didn’t work out.

The Irrelevant: The Ivy is a beautiful hotel, and was second to none in my opinion. Honestly. The Ivy even pumps intoxicating, delightful scents into the lobby according to the season. When you step outside the wonders do not cease. There are PLENTY of restaurants near by, that can fill any fix you have. Chipotle, Timothy O’Toole’s, Epic Burger, and West Egg cafe. The latter of these I enjoyed the next morning. Blueberry Crunch pancakes – AMAZING!

 

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