Hotel Allegro Chicago - A Kimpton Hotel
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Orientation started with my uncle, ma, grammie, and brother Cole driving me into the city from St. Charles, a suburb nearby. I didn't really know what to expect for a hotel....but was enamored when I saw the beautiful Hotel Allegro, which is a mix of contemporary modern and eclectic.....totally my style!
I got to hang out in my room for awhile …
Tuesday=one of the busiest days...ever.
In our handy dandy orientation book we received on Monday, were the directions that our day was to begin at 8 AM Tuesday morning. With what you may ask? Well...nothing better than a picture!! And not just one happy picture of my lovely 8 AM face, but two. One for the directory and one for the CTA.. …
Wednesday...so many things happened today...
My day started with the inevitable.....ironing. After I did my ironing for the entire week and prepared myself for the day, my roomie Katie and I went around the corner to Corner Bakery. After some much needed breakfast, I returned back to the Allegro to get myself ready for my first interview.
What a day, what a day.
I was awoken early Thursday morning by.......my allergies. Once I got the motivation to get out of bed and get ready for my jam-packed day, I headed out into the world (after doing my morning check of fb and email of course). We received a gift card at the beginning of the week to use at Corner Bakery for breakfast....I' …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Allegro Chicago - A Kimpton Hotel
A good value
I stayed at the Allegro reluctantly (with my family) for an evening primarily because it was right next door to the Cadillac Theatre and my wife made the reservation. I'm not sure what the people who complained were talking about. It was a good value for the money. Not the Ritz, but the Ritz is not $159 per night. The rooms were clean, nicely appointed and the service was fine. It was exactly like most boutique hotels in this price range that aim for eccentric style at a reasonable (not cheap) price. I'd stay there again.
We booked this hotel for the second leg of our Chicago stay..it was great!!!! The Lion King package was pricey but reasonable, given the ticket costs and the Suite. Room was great....classical music greeted us when we entered our room after a long day of sightseeing and shopping. NYTimes and Chicago Tribune at your door every morning. One block from the Washington El train station. We never saw the small rooms that every one apparently doesn't like, but the Suite rooms were fun and our kids loved it. Dunkin Doughnuts and Corner Bakery down the block. City Hall, Picasso structure....this was a great place. Book it and also use the Golden Touch Limo service...reasonable. Omar is a super guy.
Hotel? NOT. Pass on this one, read this;
I did alot of research online before deciding to book my Chicago vacation at the Allegro. They evidently only have certain rooms they'll put you in when you get the internet rate versus theirs-see Hotel Allegro website & you can see there is a bit of difference in pricing.
My children and I have never been to Chicago so I thought booking downtown would offer a view of the city. Boy was I wrong, the only view we had was of a roof, surrounding buildings and pigeons.
The valet fee is outrageous, $30 a day. Since we arrived in the pouring rain we did not exactly get everything we needed out of the car at the time. Later in the evening I asked where my car was parked so that I could go get the items I needed. They insisted to go get the whole car for my convienence. I did find this odd because I really wanted to know where my car was parked. Well when this gentleman pulled up with the car I couldn't believe my eyes when he was driving with my trunk wide open. I attempted to explain that he must be careful not to push the button on my remote that opens the trunk. He couldn't understand a word I was saying. He jumped into the car and started pushing buttons to open the trunk for me; I then attempted to explain again which just made him shrugg his shoulders and walk off.
The worst of it was when I left them in possession of my vehicle for 4 days and used the public transportation. I fiured it would be easier,as it is a big city. The "Tall Ships Festival" was kicking and brought alot of extra people to the city of Chicago. Well as I'm heading home a few hours out of Chicago as the kids and I are at the rest stop I figure I will put my 'Tire Flys' back on my wheels. I took them off on the way there, it was a long drive during the day and I didn't want to kill the batteries in them. When I looked in my console between my seats where I left them, they were gone, history, see ya later, bye, adios....I couldn't believe it. I paid these suckers $30 a day, they should have treated it like a baby; washed and cleaned it daily as far as I'm concerned. Money wasted so that one of the valet's could rip me off. I also found 3 scratches that weren't thier before. I have called the hotel 3 times and keep getting the run around. I will now be writing them and thier corporate office.
The room is small even though they call it a deluxe room. I you are even slightly bigger than exrta small; good luck to you when you use the restroom. You'll be lucky to fit and move around. Tub small and feels like your walking in quicksand. I almost killed myself one moring when the maid forgot to leave the mat to put in the tub. The maids can't read I suppose because you never get the right items in the bathroom. You should get; 1-shampoo 1-conditioner 1-lotion. No way every day it was like- 2-lotions 1-shampoo or 2-conditioners and one lotion, etc... They also threw away my razor when it was a keeper not a disposable.
The rooms are far from sound proof, I could here closets and doors opening all the time. They could use a little WD-40 to make it a bit quieter. Our neighbors were so loud one night I had to call the front desk as they woke me and the kids at 2am. It did get quiet soon after that call.
My daughter used the restroom in the fitness area and got locked in, she couldn't get out. Her sister had to come back to the room so I could call the front desk to send a maintenance man, oh excuse me they call him the 'engineer'. Mini-bar rates are outragous, Valet rates are outragous, rooms are also....For a little more money I would suggest going to another hotel as this one is not worth it.
FYI, Disappointed in Missouri
S Room was like motel 6. Get a suite
I searched this Hotel thru the internet- and read the reviews, but decided to be the judge. The location was in the heart of the loop. Which to find out dosen't really matter- since everything is so close together. It was our 1 year wedding anniversary, and I wanted to pick a little Romantic get-away fro the 2 of us, and you can just say that it didn/t turn out that way. The floor that our room was on (the 7th) was really dirty. When we arrived in our room, I thought I had booked in the Motel 6. The comforter had big stains- from the previous of course, and the bathtub had curly black hairs- with a little yellow surprise in the toilet. The room was extremely small, and everytime that my husband would us the Iron- the bathroom would start to short. I of course wanted to cry- since I even had flight problems along the way- which would consist of loosing a Bag. Any-way I pulled the mananger aside and told him of our horrible room, and he in-exchange gave us a suite upgrade at no charge. Thank God. Now I will tell you the suite was rather nice and roomy- and the Jaz tub was a plus. So I would have to say that if you insist on staying at the Allegro- PLEASE save your-self the trouble and pay the little extra to get the suite. Dont do my mistake.......... Amy
The decor of the room was lovely. The room size was a little small.
Loved the wine reception every evening. The staff was very helpful with directions and recommendations.
The location of the hotel wasn't very good during a holiday weekend though. We had to travel at least a mile because the area was like a ghost town due to holiday closings.
Otherwise, it was a great hotel.
Funky hotel loved it!
We got this hotel through Priceline when we went into Chicago for the Blues festival. the rooms were clean and attractive and for once not decorated with florals! The only thing about the hotel we didn't like was the short length of the beds.My husband it 6'4" and he was hanging off the end! Other than that we enjoyed our stay, the bar and the hotel service were very good, and we would definitely stay here again.
Firstly i was so excited knowing that i was going to have this romantic stay with my husband at this hotel because i booked the love shack rate over the internet for $159, well this did not happen, I phoned front desk to ask them about my package they said that i had booked the super saver rate which was not right, i hade the paper work in front of me saying that i had booked the love shack rate, but they didnt want to hear what i hade to say so i left it at that,Then to make it even worse the porter ripped us off $5. The stay in this hotel really sucked it was the worse stay that we had in the usa. The super 8 hotels were 5+ stars compared to this place. I would not advise anyone to stay here!!!!This place is a total rip off and not forgetting the $30 a night for parking!!!!!
Allegro Was Cool, Not the Ritz !!!
I was a little hesitant about the Allegro from reading some of these reviews. I booked through Hotwire which doesnt tell you the name of the hotel until you have committed yourself financially. My girlfriend and I went down for the 4th of July. We found the hotel to be pretty cool, the decor was unique. When I got there I told the desk clerk that I had been reading some of these reviews and that they said that the rooms were small, he upgraded me at no charge, I'd hate to see the room I would have gotten without the upgrade, the rooms were quite small but not bad. Kind of cozy actually. Staff were friendly and helpful although I tried to call the Concierge a few times and got no answer.Room Service food was pretty good, valet parking was $30.00 a night but I guess that's Chicago.It really all depepds on what you are used to, if you are used to the Drake, you probably won't like the Allegro that much, but if you just want kind of a funky place to lay your head, this is good. The rooms were air conditioned adequately, bathrooms were a little small but what do you need?Right near Michigan Avenue, theatre district area. I thought the Allegro was all in all not a disappointing place to stay.
My girlfriend and I actually didn't stay initially at the Allegro. We had decided at the last minute to extend our stay by a day so we came a day earlier. We stayed at the Wyndham Chicago that first day not because the Allegro had no room but because Expedia had offered me four star hotel (expedia rating) for $99. The catch was that I wouldn't know what hotel I was staying until I had payed for it. I was surprise to find the Wyndham which was a hotel in initial list when I was looking at hotels to stay in, in Chicago. I loved the Wyndham's room. When we moved to the Allegro the next day it was dissapointment because our room was smaller than at the Wyndham. Our bathtub which we had used for a bubble bath at the Wyndham for both us was too small at the Allegro to try the same thing. The room colors were very nice and original.
The concierge was very helpful eventhough he couldn't tell me where to get soy milk nor could anybody else in Chicago it seemed until I bumped into a supermarket in State and Ohio. By the way everyone who I had asked had told me that downtown had no supermarkets but I guess they only worked there and didn't live there to know about the supermarket the I bumped into.
Wine hour was nice and we had a choice of a Merlot or a White Zin and you could ask for more. The location was great though. It was within walking distance to the Art Institure of Chicago and the Museum Campus which are about a mile or two. You could also take the train around there to go to the Museums or the bus. We got this $18 five day unlimited card for the trains and buses in Chicago. Don't waste your money in cabs because you won't save anytime. Also cabbies don't know the city as well as bus drivers. Bus drivers were the most pleasant people in Chicago and the most helpful.
Back to the hotel's location, what I can say is that it was very romantic. The loop is so magical in the summer at night. We used to come back to our hotel around midnight to 2 a.m. Our bus or train would leave us usually on State St. Our path to the hotel from there was filled with little romantic places who were empty except for the one or two other tourists there.
Room service was actually nice. It is open until 1 a.m. I used it once because apparently everything closes early around 12 p.m to 1 a.m. in Chicago. (I'm from New York where open 24 hours is common.) It was Sunday and we had no eaten anything for we had been running around trying to fit as much of Chicago as we could on our last night there.
At midnight when we had stopped running the restaurants were all closed but to our luck room service was available. The price was reasonable for what we ordered 2 pizzas @ $9.50 compared to the astronomical prices at other hotels for something simiar. The minibar is too expensive. If you crave for a coke go to the vending machine on the floor where it is a dollar.
About the Allegro, if you are staying for the location well you can't find a better hotel in The Loop. If you are staying for the room, the size might dissapoint you. If you like wines this is the hotel for you.
Excellent for the price! Dogs welcome. Downtown.
Our stay at the Allegro Chicago hotel (...) was excellent, very inexpensive, and clean compared to other Chicago loop hotels. Very close to the subway and trains, right in the entertainment district next to theatres, and a block away from great pizza (they delivered to our room in 45 minutes!). You can take the subway directly to either airport, (I went to Midway Airport in half an hour) much easier and faster than driving.
The room was pleasantly decorated, comfortable king size bed (with 2 large pillows to lean against, 2 bolster pillows, plus regular pillows - great!), thick drapes to keep the light out if you want to sleep, tv with lots of channels and movies, and a well stocked extras cabinet with everything you might have forgotten (for a price) and exotic foods - such as special chocolates, plus free guide books and a map which we used extensively.
I doubt you'll find a nicer room in Chicago for the $99 to $129 special rate our smaller room costs. Excellent for the price.
We though of our room as an intimate cozy getaway. Be aware that the room (probably 10' x 15' plus a small closet), bathroom, and bathtub (bathtub probably only 3 1/2 to 4' long inside) are small if you pay a small price. The shower head was excellent and 7' up, perfect! If you want a big room with a regular size bathtub you will pay more. I hear they have some excellent suites if you want to pay for them.
They have a restaurant in the hotel. My husband went for breakfast and said it was overpriced and limited breakfast selection - so the next day we ate breakfast directly across the street at half the price. We didn't eat at the hotel's restaurant for lunch or dinner, but instead opted to use the in-room coupon for $2 off pizza at Giordanos, delivered right to our room (full menu, excellent!). (Or we could have walked less than a block to the restaurant.) The hotel also has a free wine hour, but we were so busy seeing all the museums that we never went.
Cab service is fast with a doorman always available to help. Friendly with excellent suggestions.
Reservations is open 24/7, free 800 number and VERY helpful. The hotel even accomodated my husband's early arrival at 9 am!
We'd definitely stay again. Can't beat the price for the cleanliness and quality of our room. Next time I'd like to try their larger size rooms so my 6'1" husband can enjoy the bathtub more. But it was fine for me (5'1"), and he loved the shower.
Although we didn't see any dogs at the hotel, they specialize in dogs. They listed special foods for dogs on their menu, dog stores, events and parks for dogs. If I had my dog with me this sounds like a great place to stay!