How did it strike you on arrival?
Contemporary chic, with a retro Chicago façade and mid-century furnishings within. Quotes from Marcel Proust reproduced on the lobby's 30-foot-wall set a cultured tone.
Nice. What’s the crowd like?
Polished but playful.
The good stuff: Tell us about your room.
Textures and patterns grab the eye, including an abstract headboard wall, and carpet that looks like a sand-hued topographic map. Views out the floor-to-ceiling windows compete for attention. The Deluxe King comes with a sofa beside the window, for hanging out with those views.
We’re craving some deep, restorative sleep. They got us?
Crisp bedding and comfortable mattress.
How about the little things, like mini bar, or shower goodies. Any of that find its way into your suitcase?
Loved the seemingly Southwestern throw pillows that add a note of texture. Nespresso machine serves a valued purpose in the mornings. Teal curtains channel tranquility at night.
Please tell us the bathroom won’t let us down.
Spacious bathroom with dual sink vanity and walk-in rain shower. Body products by Natura Bissé and haircare by ROIL.
Maybe the most important topic of all: Wi-Fi. What’s the word?
Good Wifi and included.
Room service: Worth it?
Room service comes from the delicious and clubby Somerset off the lobby, though it's much better to visit the restaurant itself to appreciate the vibe.
Anything stand out about other services and features? Whether it’s childcare, gyms, spas, even parking—whatever stuck with you.
The ground level restaurant Somerset, from chef Lee Wolen, is a serious asset for the Viceroy. His creative American fare (don't miss the beet tartare and sausage-stuffed whole roasted chicken) matches the vaguely nautical, club-like setting. On the 18th floor, he also does cocktails and bites at the swanky rooftop lounge Devereaux, with great skyline views. There's also a pool on the roof.
What was most memorable—or heartbreaking—about your stay?
Reading the walls while waiting for Uber is uniquely diverting.
Bottom line: worth it, and why?
Gold Coast winner for location, food, drink, and style.