Kimpton or IC in Chicago

Old Sep 17, 20, 7:04 pm
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Kimpton or IC in Chicago

With the mass exodus of hotels by IHG in Chicago from that payment thing and me not being to Chicago in the last 10 years, I'm wondering which of the hotels I should pick. Open to suggestions. Stay is Sept 30-Oct 1 and I need a suite with a separate living room for work purposes. I'm torn on which property to pick. Spire but no other status.
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Old Sep 17, 20, 7:20 pm
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The “that payment thing” doesn’t happen until the end of November so you have the full ranger of Kimptons and the IC to chose from.
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Old Sep 17, 20, 7:25 pm
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Originally Posted by UKtravelbear View Post
The “that payment thing” doesn’t happen until the end of November so you have the full ranger of Kimptons and the IC to chose from.
I suppose that's my real conflict. Stay at one of the kimptons that are leaving or not.
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I suppose that's my real conflict. Stay at one of the kimptons that are leaving or not.
having stayed the last 5 years several times at the IC as RA I have to say it is/was a good value proposition. However I've realized that they became more and more stingy in respect to upgrades. In order to score a suite as Spire I'm afraid you need to book one there. All suites have a separate living room, though the suite in the executive tower are bigger and nicer, although the furniture is more or less the same (dated) in my opinion.

Parking is ridiculously expensive in case this is also relevant to you, although I can't judge on the pricing at any Kimpton
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Old Sep 18, 20, 6:12 am
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Originally Posted by boekel View Post
having stayed the last 5 years several times at the IC as RA I have to say it is/was a good value proposition. However I've realized that they became more and more stingy in respect to upgrades. In order to score a suite as Spire I'm afraid you need to book one there. All suites have a separate living room, though the suite in the executive tower are bigger and nicer, although the furniture is more or less the same (dated) in my opinion.

Parking is ridiculously expensive in case this is also relevant to you, although I can't judge on the pricing at any Kimpton
I never assume an upgrade at IHG. If I don't need a suite an upgrade is always nice. But when I need a suite, I do indeed pay for it upfront.
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Old Sep 18, 20, 11:34 am
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The Monaco and Gray are my two favorite Kimptons in Chicago. The Monaco might have a slight edge now, though, after their refurbish. The window seats in the rooms are so cozy and pleasant.

Overall, Kimptons are pretty generous with upgrades even if you’re not Inner Circle.
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Old Sep 18, 20, 3:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Graf von B View Post
The Monaco and Gray are my two favorite Kimptons in Chicago. The Monaco might have a slight edge now, though, after their refurbish. The window seats in the rooms are so cozy and pleasant.

Overall, Kimptons are pretty generous with upgrades even if you’re not Inner Circle.
I have stayed at the Allegro, Monaco, and Palomar. Onty the Palomar gave me an upgrade, to a one bedroom suite. I am IHG platinum.
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I've stayed at the Kimpton Grey and Allegro (both leisure). I enjoyed the Allegro more than the Grey. I believe both rooms were upgraded, and the Allegro actually seemed like an upgrade as it had its own seating section (not separate room). The bathroom was super small in the allegro but they have a complimentary shoe shine which I thought was a sweet perk.

The Grey was just a room, nothing special. It didn't have any sports channels on either, might be the same for the Allegro. The shower was one of the showers with the half pane of glass. I dislike taking a hot shower and my ... is still freezing. Not to mention all the water that gets on the ground. They did give me a pint of Jeni's ice cream (pretty well known around chicago) when I inquired about mini bar credit. The front receptionist had mentioned that I was an inner circle (I am not) so that I was entitled to it. I think she said that so I could receive a gift while not drawing attention to herself from her coworkers.

Both hotels will give you a Keurig or Microwave upon request. Both were booked with Spire status. Don't forget to mention the secret code.

I visited a buddy who had a room at the IC, but it was in the 'Grand' tower. It was pretty dated but still nice. I'm staying at the IC tonight booked on points, hoping to score an upgrade to the exec tower.

Tip: If your company is not paying for parking or you are on your own dime, download the app Spothero on your phone and find a garage for half price. No in and out privileges but $20 beats $50+ IMO.

Update: Just checked in while my girlfriend was shopping with her friend and received a 4 category upgrade (that’s what he said) to a King suite. Room was super nice, 2 bathrooms and 2 doorways to the hallway. Unfortunately I was advised by my girlfriend to downgrade to the two bedroom room because we have a visitor. I was going to sleep on the pullout couch, but decided I’d downgrade to avoid any fuss.

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Old Sep 20, 20, 5:06 am
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Originally Posted by BusinessCasualSport View Post
I've stayed at the Kimpton Grey and Allegro (both leisure). I enjoyed the Allegro more than the Grey. I believe both rooms were upgraded, and the Allegro actually seemed like an upgrade as it had its own seating section (not separate room). The bathroom was super small in the allegro but they have a complimentary shoe shine which I thought was a sweet perk.

The Grey was just a room, nothing special. It didn't have any sports channels on either, might be the same for the Allegro. The shower was one of the showers with the half pane of glass. I dislike taking a hot shower and my ... is still freezing. Not to mention all the water that gets on the ground. They did give me a pint of Jeni's ice cream (pretty well known around chicago) when I inquired about mini bar credit. The front receptionist had mentioned that I was an inner circle (I am not) so that I was entitled to it. I think she said that so I could receive a gift while not drawing attention to herself from her coworkers.

Both hotels will give you a Keurig or Microwave upon request. Both were booked with Spire status. Don't forget to mention the secret code.

I visited a buddy who had a room at the IC, but it was in the 'Grand' tower. It was pretty dated but still nice. I'm staying at the IC tonight booked on points, hoping to score an upgrade to the exec tower.

Tip: If your company is not paying for parking or you are on your own dime, download the app Spothero on your phone and find a garage for half price. No in and out privileges but $20 beats $50+ IMO.

Update: Just checked in while my girlfriend was shopping with her friend and received a 4 category upgrade (that’s what he said) to a King suite. Room was super nice, 2 bathrooms and 2 doorways to the hallway. Unfortunately I was advised by my girlfriend to downgrade to the two bedroom room because we have a visitor. I was going to sleep on the pullout couch, but decided I’d downgrade to avoid any fuss.
Second bathroom would be appreciated. I'll do the IC. Thanks for the solid advice.
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