Ambassador Chicago

1301 North State Parkway, Chicago, IL, USA
The Gold Coast

Action Bar

18.5
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  • Rooms18
  • Public Spaces19
  • Service18
  • Overall18.5
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Hotel Description

While the world’s less clued-in luxury brands are still trumpeting their “exclusivity” to anyone who will listen, some of the hotel industry’s savvier players have come to recognize what a sour taste that concept can leave. A new philosophy of inclusivity is embodied at the Ambassador Chicago, something of an anti-boutique boutique, an anti-design design hotel. As long as the service isn’t anti-service — and it isn’t — we’re still on board.

In many ways Chicago, less image-obsessed than Los Angeles or New York, is the perfect city for a hotel like this. And the former Ambassador East is an especially fitting location — it was here in the mid-’80s that Phil Collins was turned away for failing to wear a dinner jacket. Suffice it to say that they won’t be chucking Kanye West out into the street anytime soon, at least not over sartorial issues.

The Ambassador may leave behind the velvet-rope aspect of the first generation of boutique hotels, but it holds onto its trademark expressiveness, that emotional investment that makes a hotel feel like more than just a machine for lodging. Here a little design (by the likes of Yabu Pushelberg and Gabellini Sheppard) goes a long way. The spaces are theatrical, but subtly so, less like art installations and more like stylish backdrops for guests’ memories.

It’s a timeless style that seamlessly blends the classic and the contemporary — this building’s got plenty of architectural history, and the restaurant boasts an impressive collection of black-and-white celebrity portraits. Imagine a modern crowd inhabiting a circa-1938 period piece and you’re most of the way there, stylistically speaking. Bottom line: it’s effortlessly chic, but with a compensating dose of Midwest unpretentiousness. The comforts and service are pitch-perfect, always sufficient but never precious or over-opulent. And with 285 rooms there’s space in here for everyone — no velvet rope required.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 285 Rooms
  • Style: Modern Design
  • Atmosphere: Happening

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • ATM/bank office
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Luggage storage
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Valet parking (charges apply)

Need to Know

Valid credit card required. Children 17 and under stay free using existing room bedding (must be accompanied by an adult). Some rooms can accommodate more than two guests, but additional charges may apply. Please contact customerservice@tablethotels.com for assistance.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • ATM/bank office
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Luggage storage
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Valet parking (charges apply)

Need to Know

Valid credit card required. Children 17 and under stay free using existing room bedding (must be accompanied by an adult). Some rooms can accommodate more than two guests, but additional charges may apply. Please contact customerservice@tablethotels.com for assistance.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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