The Hotel Allegro, set in the midst of downtown Chicago’s Theater District, is a cure for the common hotel blues. Too often after a visit to a swell city like Chicago – on business or even for a vacation – the city itself lingers in the memory, while the hotel where you stayed soon gets muddled up with all the other same-same rooms you’ve ever rented.
That’s not likely to happen with the Hotel Allegro, one of the Kimpton family of hotels that includes several unique properties in Chicago. It isn’t huge, and it doesn’t try to be grand, but it is very, very memorable.
It’s the little things that make it so, the details that make it more than just a place to collapse after a day of touring or meetings or whatever brought you to the city.
Rooms are rather small, but exceptionally well equipped. Comfy beds have padded head boards, and are topped with double-sheeted puffs. The TV and the mini-bar are huge; the bath small, but lined in marble. Amenities-shampoo, etc.- are top of the line, an exclusive collection created for Kimpton by Bigelow.
And in the closet-not the usual, dull, white cotton robes. No, at Allegro, the complimentary robes are jungle print – one tiger, one leopard. Easily the most awesome hotel robes ever.
Like most hotels, the Allegro offers complimentary coffee in the morning, but most are not like what we found in the lobby on the first morning of our stay. Coffee, yes, but with a bottle of chocolate syrup to flavor it to taste, along with teas, to-go cups, and every other thing that most hotels never think to put on a coffee tray. There was even orange-infused water for those who needed to hydrate after an early morning run.
In fact, every time we passed through the lobby, something seemed to be on offer, from fruit juice laced ice tea on a hot afternoon, to freshly popped corn for the kids’ party the Allegro was offering as a special promotion during the summer months.
We checked in just in time for the daily happy hour, also complimentary, and enjoyed some great sangria and a very excellent Metropolitan beer from a local brewery. A waiter passed appetizers from the hotel’s restaurant, 312 Chicago, that were so good, we regretted not working a meal there into our schedule.
The Allegro is very well located, inside of the Loop, and next door to the historic Cadillac Palace Theater. Elevated “L” train stations are just a couple of blocks either way when you come out the front door, and we could watch the trains from our window (although we could not hear them).
A quick tip: as you plan your stay at the Allegro, be sure to sign up as an “In Touch” member. The perks are great: free newspapers, free WiFi, and a free $10 credit toward your mini-bar bill.
171 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Reservations: (800) 643-1500