We live in a world where choices seem endless and the tug of war between excess and moderation is constantly in play. What does luxury mean in today’s climate amidst all of the “noise?” Luxury used to be (and for some, still is) described in relation to the most expensive, exclusive things. However, today luxury is more about quality and craftsmanship — how something feels and how it’s built has replaced the more superficial aspects.

The team behind The Neighborhood Hotel is dedicated to their own version of luxury. They want guests to feel good, both physically and mentally, which guides their approach to curating each suite. “Each hotel has a unique identity that defines the sum of the parts that create a luxurious feel for our guests. Our hotels are located in neighborhoods with a great vibe; we choose furniture and products for our suites that are functional and made with quality and care. The energy of our spaces is super important — they have to be filled with things that look good and feel great – lasting luxury is what it’s all about,” says Jonathan Gordon, Founder of The Neighborhood Hotel. 

The Neighborhood Hotel locations [Grand Beach, MI, New Buffalo, MI & Chicago: Little Italy, Lincoln Park, and the West Loop coming 2025] are equipped with the amenities of a hotel plus the warmth and convenience of one’s home. “We hope the ideal balance between an apartment and hotel is felt,” says Gordon. Therefore, each suite is outfitted with thoughtful amenities and stocked kitchens [some with ovens and ranges and fun inclusions like Gibsons Chicago seasoning salt]. A recent guest commented in a Google review that “the NBHD team has anticipated our every need.” 

From the very beginning, Gordon was focused on the hotel’s details. He wanted accent pieces – like art and accessories — to be chosen with intention and sentiment versus purely decorative. Shana Novak, the photographer behind The Heirloomist, skillfully transforms keepsakes and family heirlooms into modern art photographs. At The Neighborhood Hotel Grand Beach, The Heirloomist photographed a Chicago Tribune newspaper from 1963 announcing “Help! The Beatles Are Coming!” that was pulled from the floorboards of what is now the lobby. At The Neighborhood Hotel Lincoln Park, you’ll see more of Novak’s work, like a photo of old VHS tapes from movies set in Chicago throughout the 80’s and 90’s. 

When it comes to defining luxury across the board, comfort seems to top every list. For this reason, Gordon wants the hotel’s beds to feel as comfortable — if not more — than your bed at home. Supremely soft Sferra linens top every mattress at each location. Gordon appreciates aligning with Sferra — they create lovely linens and have a strong sense of integrity/company moral. “We pride ourselves on the attention that we give to every thread, at every phase of its journey. From the beauty of our raw materials to the precise hand-crafting of our pieces by artisans that have stayed with our brand for more than 30 years, our quality never wavers because our care never falters,” says Michelle Klein, President and CEO of Sferra.

The Neighborhood Hotel Little Italy opened in January 2024 and by June, it was ranked #5 out of 210 hotels on Tripadvisor. This ranking suggests that travelers are ready for a specific brand of luxury, i.e. special touches that bring a sense of warmth and identity. Each Little Italy bed is topped with unique throw blankets designed by Emily Winter and The Weaving Mill team. The Weaving Mill is an artist-run industrial weaving studio in Chicago. In partnership with social services agency, Envision Unlimited, The Weaving Mill provides textile education workshops for adults with developmental disabilities. A portion of all WM proceeds goes to funding these workshops.  

The Neighborhood Hotel’s attention to detail also extends to caffeine. A self-proclaimed “coffee geek,” Gordon wants guests to wake up with a great cup of freshly brewed coffee enjoyed from your suite or on the property. Each suite is equipped with a deluxe, Moccamaster coffee maker and local grounds from Metric Coffee [in Chicago] and Fluid Coffee Roasters [based in Northwest Indiana]. Note: each hotel is located close to a Starbucks for creatures of habit. 

Top of the line bath products by Malin + Goetz and Dr. Bronner’s grace each bathroom while divine, Turkish bath towels are on hand for post shower bliss. 

“Our guests have seamless access to spaces that feel intimate and warm, whether in the hotel or in the community,” Gordon says. Beyond providing excellent, tangible objects, the hotel’s overarching goal is to create a special and memorable guest experience. “For someone to remember a great stay, the hotel’s job is to create the ideal blend of a space that’s aesthetically pleasing and physically comfortable with a sense of place,” says Gordon. “Everything from the sounds, smells, and recommended excursions — it’s all about the greater journey — every detail contributes to the experience.”  

About The Neighborhood Hotel

The Neighborhood Hotel was founded in 2020 by travel enthusiasts who enjoy spaces that inspire, comfort and fuel. Each suite is well equipped for short and longterm stays (i.e. kitchens, laundry, etc.). The Neighborhood Hotel transforms old buildings with compelling history into well outfitted apartment style hotels that honor the old while representing the now. The vibe is fresh and fun with rooms that are stocked to support everyone from the homebody to the adventurer. The hotels provide a basecamp for the explorer and a sanctuary for the traveler who needs to recharge, reset or just chill. The suites are simple and clean, punctuated with accents that bring the right amount of pop. The Neighborhood Hotel has locations in Chicago: Lincoln Park, Little Italy, West Loop (2025 opening) and Southwest Michigan: New Buffalo and Grand Beach. 

Read about TNBHD in: Architectural Digest, Midwest Living and CN Traveler! 

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The Neighborhood Little Italy
Where welcome drinks come in the form of bold espresso + crisp prosecco. We can't wait
Chi? [Who]
The Neighborhood Hotel
Cosa? [What]
Warmth, bellezza, history. The cornerstones of Italian culture that The Neighborhood Little Italy captures in its third + largest location with 35 suites (Studio - 2 bedrooms).
Quando? [When]
Spring/Summer 2023
Dove? [Where]
In the heart of Little Italy! Here, you're nestled in a neighborhood with an old world feel that seamlessly welcomes the new and modern. Plus, the most bustling parts of the city are just a stone's throw away and easily accessible on foot/public transit! Places like: The Illinois Medical District + Fulton Market + West Loop + UIC + The United Center + the Loop.
Perché? [Why]
To experience fun, adventure, and comfort!
Come? [How]
Our buildings have stories ingrained in the walls (in a non-creepy way) - stories that are meant to be told and shared. The Neighborhood Little Italy was formerly the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame which honored the greatest Italian-American athletes, broadcasters, and sports workers to benefit athletics in the United States. Once again, we've fallen for a space outfitted with cool history + architecture. Grateful to all of the hard workers and supporters who are turning another NEIGHBORHOOD HOTEL vision/dream into reality!
The Neighborhood Little Italy building design
Rebel House is nailing the design. Soaring ceilings give way to chic urban lofts with sophisticated Italian villa vibes. the top floor's outdoor terraces feature captivating views of the city and the piazza across the street. La vita é bella.
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