Hotel Burnham, A Kimpton Hotel

One West Washington Street | Chicago, IL 60602 [See Map]
#9 in Best Chicago Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1092 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 122 rooms, 15 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Historic
Best For Business travelers, Families, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

Fans of the Kimpton brand will surely be impressed by this property. Occupying a National Historic Landmark building in the Loop, the Hotel Burnham is lauded by recent visitors for its historic ambiance and convenient location. Tucked in the Reliance Building (an old office skyscraper originally built in 1895), Hotel Burnham preserves its ornamental decor with features like mahogany office doors, terrazzo tile floors and white marble wainscoting. The distinct style carries into the rooms, which are dressed in gold and navy hues, but outfitted with contemporary amenities like flat-screen TVs and honor bars. Although they love the look of the Hotel Burnham's accommodations, some travelers warn that the rooms — originally built as office spaces — are a bit cramped. Still, visitors say that a stay here is worth sacrificing a few square feet. The Hotel Burnham houses a fitness center and the New American restaurant, Atwood. Plus, it offers all the signature Kimpton amenities, including evening wine receptions and a pet-friendly atmosphere, and members of the Kimpton Karma rewards program will benefit from perks like complimentary Wi-Fi.

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Critic Reviews


“This historic property, built in 1895 by D. H. Burnham and Co. as one of the first skyscrapers, retains original details that include Carrara marble wainscoting, terrazzo floors, and large windows in the very heart of the Loop.”
Award: Fodor's Choice


“... as in many old buildings, the rooms are teeny tiny, starting at just 175 square feet. At least they come with 37-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, CO Bigelow toiletries, and bold, but stately, decor.”

Travel + Leisure

“The ground floor has a reconstructed red-and-white mosaic tile floor and a tiny, cozy lobby with a huge stone fireplace and the superb Atwood Café, a stylish spot offering upscale versions of American comfort food classics.”


“Visit the Atwood Cafe on the first floor for upscale comfort food, and stop by the lobby for hosted coffee in the morning and wine in the evening.”
Award: Frommer's Exceptional

Other Awards:
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Lonely Planet Top Pick

Guest Rooms

Hotel Burnham is one of the first American skyscrapers, and its history is reflected in its decor and remarkably small room sizes. Accommodations are outfitted in rich royal blue and golden tones, and feature classic Kimpton touches like animal print robes, in-room yoga mats and gourmet and organic snacks. In-room Wi-Fi is complimentary for Kimpton Karma Rewards members, and $12.99 per 24-hour period for non-members.

  • Complimentary shoeshine available
  • In-room laptop safes provided
  • Guest rooms are 100 percent non-smoking

Standard room size:

175 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1092 guests have reviewed the Hotel Burnham, A Kimpton Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 1092 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

Situated in the Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Hotel Burnham is centrally located near many of the city's top tourist destinations. Millennium Park is just two blocks east and the Chicago Theatre is two blocks north of the property.

  • Self-parking is available at nearby unaffiliated parking lots
  • Walking distance to multiple L train stations and bus stops
  • Navy Pier and Ohio Street Beach located less than 2 miles away

  • 24-hour valet parking ($54)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


The restaurant Atwood at Hotel Burnham serves American comfort food dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. Private dining is available, and room service is offered 24 hours a day.

  • Complimentary glass of wine provided daily during the hosted wine hour
  • Atwood is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast



Although Hotel Burnham does not have a spa facility on-site, spa services can be provided in guest rooms.

  • Manicure and pedicure services available
  • Massages, facials and body treatments utilize organic and natural spa products

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


With rooms at Hotel Burnham starting at 175 square feet, families traveling with children may find the small rooms to be lacking in comfort. However, connecting rooms are available in a limited quantity, and suites offer more space to spread out. As with other Kimpton properties, Hotel Burnham offers a variety of kid-friendly amenities to ensure that children feel welcome during their stay.

  • Welcome gifts provided upon check-in
  • Children's menus provided
  • Accredited babysitting services available upon request
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


Hotel Burnham has an on-site fitness center that is open 24 hours a day. The fitness center features cardio and weight-training machines, many with built-in TVs and iPod docks.

  • Yoga mats are available

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (free)
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


Hotel Burnham provides a business center that includes a PC and a Mac computer, as well as a printer, scanner and copier. The property also offers space in which to host business meetings for up to 40 guests in The Reliance Room.

  • Business center is accessible 24 hours a day
  • Catering provided by Atwood restaurant
  • Meeting specialists offer full business and audiovisual support

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Hotel Burnham welcomes pets, with no weight restrictions or limits on the number of pets permitted per family. Pets are welcomed with a treat upon check-in and a variety of amenities such as beds, bowls and clean-up bags.

  • Cat litter trays supplied and serviced by the hotel staff
  • Other essential pet supplies are available as needed
  • Pet-sitting and dog-walking services from outside providers can be recommended by hotel staff

  • Pets allowed (free)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



Space for wedding ceremonies is limited at Hotel Burnham, but guests are welcome to host small events in The Reliance Room. This room can accommodate up to 32 guests for a seated dinner, or 50 guests for a cocktail reception.

  • Catering available through Atwood restaurant
  • Kimpton wedding planners available to plan event details

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Hotel Burnham, A Kimpton Hotel

One West Washington Street | Chicago, IL 60602 [See Full Map]