How to get a free night at the Kimpton Gray Hotel in Chicago

Kimpton Hotel Gray lobby staircase
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With the opening of the Kimpton Gray Hotel, there are now 4 Kimpton properties in Chicago.  I had the pleasure of staying at the Gray Hotel in early October during the Chicago Seminars.  Like all other Kimptons, it was filled with character and made you feel at home.  As an Inner Circle member, you now have the ability to book your free night at the Kimpton Gray Hotel.

Kimpton Hotel Gray Vol 39 Bar
The Vol 39 Bar in the lobby of Kimpton Gray Hotel


Kimpton Gray Hotel

The Kimpton Gray Hotel is located downtown in the heart of The Loop within Chicago’s Financial District.  The hotel is located at 122 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603.

The rooms are decorated in a “textured gray color palette” with a splash of “powdered blue, brass, and floral accents” to liven things up.  There are xxx rooms at the Kimpton Gray Hotel that are converted from a former office building.

Standard rooms have 6 configurations ranging from 276 to 494 square feet – Queen, King, King Deluxe, Queen Queen Deluxe, King Spa, and King Spa Studio.  The One Bedroom Suite maxes out at 618 square feet and includes a pull-out couch in the living room.  The Presidential Suite is a massive 908 square feet, offers fresh cut flowers throughout, and includes a VIP Concierge consultation.  You can even take home the two, iconic Kimpton robes to remember how amazing your stay was.


The Kimpton Gray Hotel offers the following amenities:

  • Full-service Spa
  • Onsite Fitness Center
  • Rooftop Lounge
  • City Views
  • 1 Restaurant
  • Hosted Evening Wine Hour
  • Specialty Penthouse Suites
  • Concierge Services
  • Valet Parking

And the following amenities are always complimentary:

  • Loaner PUBLIC Bikes
  • Morning Coffee + Tea Service
  • Free WiFi (for Karma Rewards members)
  • Kimpton Kids Program
  • Pet Amenities
  • Forgot It, We’ve Got It Amenities
  • Karma Rewards Loyalty Program

The in-room amenities are:

  • Luxurious Frette Linens
  • In-Room Yoga Mats
  • In-Room Fitness Equipment
  • Minibar with Gourmet Local Treats
  • Luxurious Robes
  • Umbrella

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Kimpton Hotel Gray King Deluxe bedroom
Kimpton Hotel Gray King Deluxe bedroom


Baleo Rooftop Bar & Restaurant

Baleo is the rooftop restaurant and lounge that sits atop the Kimpton Gray Hotel.  It features Latin American street food, live music, and craft cocktails.

With the Inner Circle free night, you used to receive a $50 dining credit for the on-site restaurant, but that benefit was eliminated effective January 1, 2017.

On the plus side, Inner Circle members also receive a Chef’s Taste whenever they stay with Kimpton and eat at the hotel’s restaurant.  In the past, we’ve received some delicious appetizers like Ahi Poke at Zimzala or a plate of Sushi at Brandon’s.


Vol 39 Lobby Bar

The Lobby Bar at the Kimpton Gray Hotel is called Vol. 39, which pays homage to its design.  When you step into the bar, you feel like you’re in a law library.  However, instead of getting served with a subpoena, you’ll get served some amazing cocktails and beers.


Kimpton Gray Hotel free night

All Kimpton Inner Circle members are offered a window of time, shortly after a new hotel opens, in which they can stay at the new property for free.  I’ve used this benefit numerous times, including The Goodland near Santa Barbara, The Palladian in Seattle, The Shorebreak in Huntington Beach, and Hotel Tomo in San Francisco.  We recently used this benefit at The Kimpton Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa near Miami, the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel in DC, and the Kimpton Journeyman in Milwaukee.  I have an upcoming stay at the Kimpton Seafire Resort in Grand Cayman Islands for early 2017.

The Kimpton Gray Hotel free night benefit is available through April 30, 2017.  As much as it pains me, I don’t think I can squeeze in a return trip to Chicago in time to redeem my free night.  I had a fabulous stay at the Kimpton Gray Hotel in October 2016, but it was much too short and I was away from the property too much for the Chicago Seminars.

Space is limited for these benefits, so don’t delay in reserving your free room.  Unfortunately, you cannot make these reservations online.  Call the Inner Circle VIP Reservation line at 866-424-7667 to book your room.


More free nights coming soon from Kimpton!

Kimpton is also currently offering free nights at the following resorts:

More properties will be opening soon, and their free night should be available about 6 months after opening:

  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Denver, CO
  • Nashville, TN
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Tempe, AZ

I’ll definitely be taking advantage of as many of these as I can!


But what if I’m not Kimpton Inner Circle?

Kimpton Inner Circle is earned by having 14 eligible stays or 40 eligible nights within a calendar year.  Kimpton often runs promotions where you receive double credit for stays, so you can become Inner Circle in as little as 7 different stays!

I’ve been able to get 3 free nights after 10 one-night stays with Kimpton’s lucrative loyalty program.  Read here to see how I did it.

I became an Inner Circle member through a status match as a Hilton Diamond.  With a status match, you need to stay a specific number of nights before you are eligible for the new hotel free night benefit.  From what I understand, Kimpton is no longer offering status matches effective January 1, 2016, but it doesn’t hurt to try.


The Bald Thoughts

Chicago is a fun town to visit.  And I’m pretty sure they’re still celebrating the Cubs’ first World Series win since the early 1900s.  Public transportation is excellent and there are two major airports to fly in to.  The Kimpton Gray Hotel has a design that draws you in.  It is a very masculine building, accented with its imposing marble staircases, but there are fine touches within each room that soften the edges and make you feel so comfortable.  The hotel’s primary colors may be gray, but you’ll be nothing but smiles after your Inner Circle free night.

If you have top-tier Inner Circle status, you have an opportunity to stay at new properties for free shortly after they open.  The Kimpton Gray Hotel free night benefit is available until April 30, 2017, so call to book your reservation now.  If you aren’t a Kimpton Karma member, I encourage you to research the program to see how it fits into your travel plans.

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