Before & After: Transforming the Amalfi Hotel into the Kinzie Hotel
Most hotel renovations consist of new paint scenes, a better front desk, and a new waffle maker in the “breakfast lounge.” But when the Kinzie Hotel (formerly Amalfi Hotel) management team coordinated their renovation, they made drastic changes to the lobby, guestrooms, and meeting spaces.
The boutique River North property underwent a three month, multi-million dollar renovation from December 2013 to February 2014. The new style and branding creates a Chicago-centric hotel with stylish guestrooms and history laced throughout the property. Chicago-based architects with Gettys Design Group led the renovation process.
“To stay true to our city, we’ve partnered with Chicago-based architects and designers in bringing to life a blend of local history and landscape within the design renovations,” said Director of Sales and Marketing Jose Angulo.
In order to continue serving guests throughout the renovation process, the team renovated one floor at a time. The Amalfi Hotel was originally designed as a layover property for pilots and flight attendants looking for a peaceful sleep. With that in mind, each floor was constructed with soundproof walls, preventing guests from disruption during this phase of the renovation.
The new hotel lobby is an open, vibrant space with a rotating display of artwork by local Chicago artists. A gallery component in the lobby features artist interpretations of Chicago’s urban landscape and the eye-catching duct tape canvas displaying an ‘L’ train in black, grey, and white tones.
Vintage Chicago maps and compasses are subtly displayed throughout the hotel and pay tribute to one of Chicago’s first permanent residents, John Kinzie. A merchant, silversmith, and banker to Fort Dearborn, Kinzie was an adventurer and the hotel does a good job of capturing his essence.
Located in River North, the property is just down the block from the Merchandise Mart, a quick walk north of the Loop, and a short cab ride from the Gold Coast.
Stylish, upscale, and approachable, the Kinzie meets the needs of most business and leasure travelers. It's centrally located for business travelers, the sound proof walls were practically designed for bachelor and bachelotte parties (or newly weds), and thanks to the renovation, it's a great place to put your in-laws.
The next time a friend, colleague or family member asks, "Where should I stay in Chicago?" The correct answer is, "The Kinzie Hotel in River North."