Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
What We Love
- Great downtown location near the Magnificent Mile
- Creative market-fresh fare at Café des Architectes
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The property opened in 2002 and received a soft renovation in 2010
- Le Bar closes at 1 a.m. – early by Chicago standards
- Valet parking is $69 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
French architect Jean-Paul Viguier and an attentive staff bring a touch of l’art de vivre to the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower hotel. The asymmetrical facade, dotted with mosaic-like patterns of windows, stands out in a city crowded with architectural gems. The lobby is decorated in modern art pieces and warm jewel tones. Service here is stylish too: Staff could be straight out of a Louis Vuitton ad.
Bed and Bath
The 415 rooms have an understated modern elegance with blond wood accents, abstract art and a muted palette of cream and white against deep burgundy rugs. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook postcard views of the city. The marble bathrooms, large by city standards, have glass showers and tubs.
Dinner at the hotel’s nouveau French restaurant, Café des Architectes, is a treat, though be sure to make a reservation in advance. Using seasonal and local ingredients, chef Greg Biggers marries French technique with American flavors in dishes like seared foie gras with a sourdough waffle, pancetta-apple crisp ice cream and pickled brussels sprouts. Start your evening here or at Le Bar, where an eclectic clientele perches on vibrant banquettes.
In the Area
Tap into Chicago’s legendary music scene at Blue Chicago, a 15-minute walk away in the River North Neighborhood. Deep-dish pizza is an institution here. Sink your teeth into a cheesy bite at Giordano’s, about three blocks from the hotel. In a city known for its architectural history, a tour is a must. The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers year-round walking and bus tours and seasonal riverboat tours led by local certified docents. Millennium Park, a 24.5-acre urban escape in the heart of the city, offers events and activities all year, from concerts in the summer to ice skating in the winter. The Jay Ritzier Pavilion, designed by starchitect Frank Gehry, and the Crown Fountain, an art installation featuring two 50-foot towers with moving faces of Chicago residents, are highlights.
How to Get There
We recommended this to friends who were travelling with us based on booking.com price. The hotel purported to add “amenities charge” presented initially as akin to taxes. We had been given an inclusive price. They argued we were mistaken until I located a link to our confirmation from booking.com. They also charged with particulars for mini bar even though stock checks would have shown electronic record was wrong. Not encountered in other Sofitel. After initial customer satisfaction inquiry management have provided one vague justification only. Trust is important with your hotels billing.
The Sofitel is one of those hotels that has both eloquent appointments as well as a friendly open and welcoming staff...great views, clean hotel and wonderful bar....it was a quick two day business trip and the Sofitel made my stay that much easier....
hotel is located near Magnificent Mile two blocks away and great restaurants like gibson's steakhouse
the staff were helpful and friendly
the hotel has a small restaurant which is ok and a separate bar which was fun for last call
We really enjoyed our stay at this property. The hotel is very warm and friendly overall. Clean and comfortable. The beds were really cozy. The front desk staff was so helpful and friendly especially a gentleman named Dan. Lively little bar and a restaurant that is going thru some positive transformation. The location is perfect. A few steps off Rush Street and a couple blocks off Michigan Ave. Shopping and sites to visit all very close. Definitely recommend this hotel.
We appreciate the staff, the heavenly beds, and view at the Sofitel! It’s close to the Magnificent Mile shopping district and we listening to the jazz right across the street at Truluck’s. It’s also a couple of blocks from Eataly.