We Are Travel Girls Contest Winner: A One Night Staycation with Virgin Hotels Chicago


A few weeks ago, Riley and I were the lucky  winners of the We Are Travel Girls hotel giveaway for the Virgin Hotels here in Chicago. We were so excited for a staycation that we couldn’t wait to make our reservation and booked it for this past weekend. The Virgin Hotels is a hip and trendy spot located in the North Loop just steps away from Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River (exactly where'd you want to be when staying in Chicago)!

The Virgin Hotels boasts both swanky and modern décor with amenities geared towards the tech-savvy traveler. Before we even checked in, I received an email to download the hotel's app Lucy. The app lays out the details of your stay before you even arrive and allows you to control your TV, thermostat, and order room service all from your phone (on their free Wi-Fi)! You can also customize your preferences (i.e. number of pillows you'd like in your room) on the app prior to arrival making you feel right at home from the moment you check-in.  Our room was a Chamber Room located on the 24th floor with breathtaking east and northern facing views of the river and the Chicago skyline. We could not have hoped for a better room!

From 7-8PM, The Virgin Hotels offers a free cocktail hour for its hotel guests at the Commons Club located on the second floor. The staff could not have been more friendly, answering all of our questions about the different options on the menu and the drinks were both delicious and strong! We sipped on our cocktails before heading up to the Cerise rooftop for a change of scenery. The rooftop was packed with Chicagoans and visitors hoping to catch sunset from one of the plush lounge chairs along the glass wall. 

The Cerise rooftop offers breathtaking panoramic views of the skyline and the perfect view for sunset. We quickly snagged one of the few tables left, settled in with our drinks and took in the views around us. We couldn't have asked for better weather or a more perfect evening (especially since there was actually a flood watch that day and a crazy storm the night before!).

After a night out on the town, we admittedly went straight for the mini bar as soon as we got back to the hotel. I mean it was just sitting there on top of that adorable Smeg fridge screaming our names so we pretty much had an obligation to ourselves to indulge (I mean we were on staycation, so it was totally justified. Right?!). Thankfully for our sake, the Virgin Hotels prides itself on charging "Street Prices" for the items at the mini bar, so our late night snack didn't cost us a small fortune. Virgin Hotels truly does operate with the guest in mind. From the phenomenal service to the customization of your room to make you feel more at home, we loved each and every second of our stay with Virgin Hotels and will be recommending it to friends and family visiting us in Chicago. Thank you so much to the team at We Are Travel Girls and Virgin Hotels Chicago for making our stay both possible and incredible! 


Favorite Features:

  • Cocktail Hour at the Commons Club: Free cocktail hour from 7PM-8PM for all hotel guests! 
  • Free Wi-Fi: No extra charges for bandwidth either!! 
  • Affordable Mini Bar: We would know. We ate 5 things from the mini bar and spent less than $15! 
  • Customization: Download the app before your stay and you'll feel right at home from the moment you check in! 
  • Lucy: Change the tv channel, turn up the AC, or order room service all right at your finger tips on the app! 
  • Panoramic Views: They. Are. Incredible. 
  • Centrally Located: Right in the heart of downtown Chicago, you are minutes away from Michigan Avenue, the Chicago river, Millennium Park and so many of Chicago's other favorite destinations.