Chicago’s Kinzie Hotel will open in February with design by local firm Gettys. The design team takes its cues from the property’s colorful namesake, John Kinzie—a fur trader, an alleged murderer and double-crosser, one of the city’s first European settlers in the early 1800s. The property, currently operating as the Amalfi Hotel, also incorporates concepts inspired by the city itself.
In the lobby, three concierge-style guest check-in desks and cozy sofa niches along each wall create an inviting environment, accented by spherical central lighting fixtures. The space’s high ceilings, expansive windows, tone-on-tone gray palette, metallic gray iridescent tile, and local artwork represent Chicago’s urban landscape.
Dressed in a rich color palette of bright teal, cobalt, crimson, and pumpkin, the 210 guestrooms and five suites continue to convey the influences of Kinzie and the city. Images of vintage Chicago maps and compasses appear throughout wallcoverings, and sconces resemble street lamp posts. Meanwhile hexagonal detailing in the navy-blue carpet suggests Chicago’s cobblestone streets and early-19th-century city grid. Additionally, the Double Cross Lounge pays tribute to Kinzie’s time as a silversmith.