Inside the new Hampton Inn Chicago Michigan Avenue, an acoustic guitarist plays during happy hour in the lobby bar. A 1928 Ford Model A car sits on a second-floor loft. The decor feels Empire State Building-like, with original 1920s Art Deco fixtures, terrazzo floors and a wall mural over the ornate elevators – remnants from when the building housed the Chicago Motor Club. This is not your typical off-the-interstate Hampton Inn.
Hampton Inn Chicago
The Hampton Inn Chicago Michigan Avenue (opened in May 2015) may not have the familiar look of the other hotels in its chain, it still most of the features I love about Hampton Inns – clean rooms, freshly washed comforters, free WiFi, a big (free) breakfast, an updated gym, super nice staff, and reasonable prices.
The “Boutique Hampton Inn”
However, this Hampton Inn is different. While most hotels in this chain look identical, this one has beautiful Art Deco decor that gives it a unique character. Hotel Manager Kelly Sujka called it “the boutique Hampton.”
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Their free breakfast buffet includes homemade waffles, scrambled eggs with (or without) ham, a selection of juices and fruits, and hot oatmeal with a selection of toppings. There are no on-site restaurants, although there’s a little shop next to the lobby that sells snacks 24 hours a day.
At Jack’s Place Bar – one of only a few Hamptons in the country that serves alcohol – they serve the Chicago-made craft beer, Revolution, on tap. Morton’s Steakhouse, an expensive but delicious place for steaks, is across the street.