Burnham a Kimpton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Loop, Chicago, Illinois

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Pros

  • Convenient location within two blocks of all subway lines
  • Beautiful National Historic Landmark building
  • Free evening wine tasting
  • Free morning tea and coffee
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free Wi-Fi for Kimpton In-Touch members (which is free to join)
  • Pets stay free

Cons

  • Small rooms start at 175 square feet
  • Pricey valet parking
  • Daily fee for Wi-Fi (but free for Kimpon In-Touch members)

Bottom Line

This 122-room boutique located in an 1895 building pays homage to its past with cool historic details, including wrought iron, mosaic tiles, and marble stairs. But 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. Freebies like nightly wine tastings and morning coffee also help compensate, but you can probably find bigger rooms for the price.

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 Scene

Situated in a National Historic Landmark building in the heart of the Loop

The Burnham
The Burnham

Entering the Burnham is like going back in time. It's set in a National Historic Landmark building dating back to 1895, and the decor is a stately mix of classic and contemporary. The carpeted lobby has wood paneling, a fireplace, artfully displayed books and artifacts — plus bold fabrics and modern furniture. Details like the wrought-iron elevator grill, the marble staircase and mosaic-tiled stairwells show the hotel's respect for the building's origins.

Rooms are small and some can be a bit noisy, but they come with 37-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, high-end CO Bigelow toiletries, and a bright, almost regal blue-and-gold color scheme.

 Location

In the heart of the Loop and within two blocks of all subway lines

The Hotel Burnham is set in the heart of The Loop, with a great location amid restored old movie theatres and hundreds of dining and shopping options. Many tourist attractions, like Millennium Park and the world-class Art Institute of Chicago, are only a couple of blocks away. For longer distances, all subway lines are within two blocks.

  • 4-minute walk to Millennium Park
  • 5-minute walk to the City Hall
  • 9-minute walk to the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 15-minute walk or 3-minute drive to the Magnificent Mile
  • 20 minutes by subway to Pilsen neighborhood
  • 25 minutes by subway to Wrigley Field
  • 15-minute drive or 30 minutes by subway to the Museum of Science and Industry
  • 20-minute drive to Midway International Airport
  • 30-minute drive to O’Hare International Airport

 Rooms

Stylish, but small for the price

A Double-Double Deluxe Room
A Double-Double Deluxe Room

Rooms come with quality amenities, like Bigelow toiletries, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, Frette linens, and a pillow menu upon request, but they're tiny, starting at just 175 square feet.

  • Pillow menu
  • CO Bigelow toiletries
  • Pilates and yoga equipment (upon request)
  • Fully-stocked mini-bar
  • Safe big enough for a laptop
  • In-room recycling program
  • Bathrobes
  • 37-inch flat-screen TV and iPod dock
  • CD player
  • In-room spa services: massages, facials
  • Wi-Fi is free for Kimpton In-Touch members (which is also free to join)

 Features

A 24-hour fitness center and solid freebies

The fitness center
The fitness center
  • Free Wi-Fi for Kimpton In-Touch members
  • 24-hour concierge
  • Free morning coffee and tea
  • Free evening wine hour
  • Valet parking is pricey
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Meeting and event space: 444 square feet of flexible space with audiovisual equipment.
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour business center
  • Free overnight shoeshine
  • Very pet-friendly: Any and all pets are welcome free of charge, and receive their own bevy of impressive freebies

 Food

An all-day American restaurant

Dinner at Atwood
Dinner at Atwood

Atwood Café serves American classics. Open for breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch, and dinner.

 Bottom Line

This 122-room boutique located in an 1895 building pays homage to its past with cool historic details, including wrought iron, mosaic tiles, and marble stairs. But 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. Freebies like nightly wine tastings and morning coffee also help compensate, but you can probably find bigger rooms for the price.

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Address

  • 1 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602

Room Types

  • Deluxe Queen Suite DXST
  • Double/Double Deluxe
  • Executive King Suite EXST
  • King Deluxe Room
  • Millennium Lake View Deluxe Suite
  • Millennium Lake View Executive Suite
  • Queen Deluxe Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 122
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: The Loop, Chicago
Address: 1 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
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