Virgin Hotels Chicago

203 N Wabash Ave | Chicago, IL 60601  [SEE MAP]Chicago, IL  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Guest rooms innovate amenities and separate dressing rooms
On-site nightclubs and nearby L train station led to late night noise for some guests
Opened in January 2015, The Virgin Hotels Chicago, the first hotel introduced by Virgin Airline owner Richard Branson, puts a twist on the traditional guest room. Called "The Chambers," standard rooms include a separate "Dressing Room," complete with a closet, a makeup vanity and sliding doors for privacy, and the "Sleeping Lounge" with the bed. The patent-pending custom beds feature ergonomic headboards and optional footboards so you can work or watch TV without back pain. Recent visitors cited these innovative features, plus the fun, stylish decor and complimentary Wi-Fi access, as reasons for a return visit. When you're not exploring the Loop and River North districts, you can choose between working up a sweat in the 25th-floor fitness center, grabbing a drink at the various bars. Night owls can dance and listen to live music at two on-site nightclubs, including the rooftop lounge, Cerise. The property also boasts a coffee bar that transitions into a wine bar in the evenings. While guests love the on-site offerings and modern amenities, they also praised the staff as friendly, prompt and knowledgeable of the Chicago area. Still, some were perturbed by the noisy venues housed in the hotel.
Chicago, IL
Hotel Class
Property Type
Hotel, 250 rooms
Primary View
City center, River



  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2019



The world's first Virgin Hotel offers loads of tech-age amenities: a custom app called 'Lucy' lets guests check in or out remotely, order room service, control the thermostat, and more, plus there is free Wi-Fi at unlimited bandwidth, and outlets are everywhere—including in front of each stool at the sleek lobby bar.

Condé Nast Traveler


The whole place is an invitation to misbehave. Lots of cheeky accents, starting with the cherry red color scheme, in a rather stately old bank building makes for fun friction.

Travel + Leisure


The hotel's 'The Know' program remembers your preferences and has your reasonably priced mini bar stocked with your personal favorites prior to arrival.

Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2019

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 2322 have reviewed the Virgin Hotels Chicago, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2322 reviews 4.5 (based on 2322 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Accommodations feature a red and white color scheme and are designed with two chambers (rooms): An area to get dressed and ready for the day, and another space for sleep and relaxation. There are custom hybrid Lounge Beds, which include ergonomic headboards and several side panels for lounging. Each sleeping room also features a flat-screen TV, luxury work chairs designed by Poltrana Frau and privacy doors that separate the two guest room spaces. The dressing room area features Red Flower Palo Santo bath products, makeup vanities and walk-in rain showers. Plus, there’s an app that allows guests to connect to the concierge, contact the valet, order room service or change the room temperature.
  • Pillow menu
  • Minibars can be stocked with pre-selected preferences via room app
  • Poliform-designed closets

Standard room size300 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Nestled between State Street and Michigan Avenue on Wabash Avenue in the Loop District, Virgin Hotels Chicago features a contemporary design set within the historic art deco-style Dearborn Bank Building.
  • Multiple bus and L stations nearby
  • 12 miles northeast of Midway International Airport; 18 miles southeast of O'Hare International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($68)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

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


The hotel has several watering holes, but no real restaurants. There's The Commons Club, a community-style cocktail lounge, and Two Zero Three, a coffee bar by day and a wine bar at night. Additionally, the property has a nightclub called Cerise, which features a DJ and a variety of crafted cocktails and a speakeasy.
  • Upstairs hosts live shows and entertainment

Number of restaurants0

Cuisine TypesAmerican

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


Virgin Hotels Chicago offers guests a 24-hour fitness center with cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Set on the hotel’s rooftop, the facility offers city skyline views.
  • Complimentary access
  • Yoga mats provided in guest room closets
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


Virgin Hotels Chicago offers creative spaces for business meetings and events. There are three venues available: Founder’s Room for small meetings, The Sandbox for social functions and The Manor for larger meetings and receptions. Founder's Room can host up to 12 guests, The Sandbox can accommodate up to 40 people and The Manor can be used for events with up to 120 attendees.
  • Ping pong meeting tables, hallway mini golf, fitness video games and giant Jenga available
  • On-site catering available
  • Business rates offered

Number of meeting rooms3

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


Virgin Hotels Chicago is a pet-friendly hotel, and pet rooms are noted by a white dog statue outside the room. Inside each pet-friendly room, guests can find a dog bed for their four-legged friend.
  • No additional pet fees
  • Hotel does not impose weight or breed restrictions
  • Pet dishes and dog treats provided in each pet-friendly room
  • Pet-sitting and dog walking recommendations offered
  • Pets allowed (free)
  • Dog walking (with fee)
  • Pet-sitting (with fee)


Virgin Hotels Chicago offers a variety of private event spaces for weddings. There are three main event venues, including The Manor, which offers a modern setting for up to 120 people. For more intimate affairs, there's Founder's Room, which can accommodate 12 guests. In addition to the three main spaces, the hotel’s restaurant, Upstairs lounge and the rooftop terrace can be rented for private functions.
  • On-site catering available
  • Creative catering options, like a candy bar, can be arranged

Maximum wedding guest capacity120

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

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