September 4, 2020
I know you’re probably thinking, “It’s not safe to travel during a pandemic.” That was me, too, at first. But I’ll be honest, taking a small staycation getaway was one of the best decisions I made all 2020 long. It was not only a relaxing getaway, but it was safe, clean, and lots of fun.
I’m a sucker for good food & drinks, ambiance, and great views. The Hoxton Chicago had it all and was a great place for me to have a quick weekday getaway to switch up my norm during the pandemic.
I absolutely loved staying at the Hoxton Hotel Chicago because of the ambiance, lobby decor, and intimate rooftop. I visited during the last week of August, and it was so relaxing even with the COVID restrictions in place.
From the relaxing rooftop pool to the luxury vintage ambiance in the lobby, the friendliness of the hotel staff, and luxurious showers… I’d definitely recommend staying at the Hoxton whether you’re an out-of-town visitor or local to Chicago.
Imagine a saltwater pool in Chicago with just enough space to cool off and relax under the sun. That’s the vibe at the Hoxton’s rooftop pool. When I visited, the hotel’s rooftop pool was open with limited capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions, but it was definitely worth a visit during the daytime to see some nice views of the city.
The rooftop pool reminded me of the ambiance and seating that’s at SoHo House Chicago. The Hoxton Chicago’s rooftop is a good alternative to SoHo without the members-only access to the rooftop and amenities. The Hoxton’s rooftop is much smaller in comparison, but it’s still makes for a very nice rooftop visit.
So here’s a tip. Make reservations if you want to visit the Hoxton’s rooftop restaurant, Cabra. Without an advance reservation, it might be hard for you to get a table.
The rooftop is open year-around because a portion of it is enclosed, but (when I visited) they were using the pool seating area to seat additional restaurant guests under the exposed skyline. It was a really nice vibe with low lights, great music, great drinks and tasty bites. The one thing I really wish they had was a little bit more variety on their dinner menu.
The rooms are pretty small. It felt like I was in a New York hotel because of how limited the space was in the hotel room, but, if you’re a minimalist, that could be a good thing.
By the time I made it to bed, though, space didn’t matter much to me because the bed was extremely comfortable to sleep in. Honestly, anything I could have done after taking a shower in that amazing bathroom would have felt like heaven.
My absolute favorite part about the Hoxton Chicago hotel room was the bathroom because of the shower. The tile on the floor of the shower was a perfect decor selection because they were so relaxing as they touched my feet during my self-care time – it almost felt like a massage.
On top of that, the shower had an overhead shower head that I loved. But if you’re like me and you don’t like to get your hair wet all the time, there’s an alternate shower setting to avoid the overhead shower. Both options felt great.
The Hoxton Hotel Chicago is a rare gem in the city’s West Loop neighborhood. I’m looking forward to my next visit, even if it’s just to see the rooftop views for a night out at Cabra restaurant.
To know how I’d rate my overall stay at the Hoxton Hotel Chicago, check out my TripAdvisor review here.