I’m trying to think of a legitimate reason why we wouldn’t return to Chicago’s Amalfi Hotel (in the Near North Side neighborhood). It wouldn’t be for the service, location, dependability, cleanliness, accommodations, or perks. Check-in and -out was a breeze. The room was more than ample-sized for a Chicago hotel. There’s a deluxe breakfast spread every morning on each hotel floor—free. There’s a drinks and appetizer reception on the 6th floor every night—again, free. Newspaper—free. Water at check-in—free. In 10 minutes after our call, a hotel engineer appeared to fix our minor toilet leak. The only reason, expressed by my son, is that the boutiqueness doesn’t extend beyond the lobby.