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
- 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
Sofitel is in a great location. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The room was very clean and comfortable. I stayed in Chicago a few months ago, and at that time I stayed at the Virgin Hotel which was ranked higher. I don’t understand how that could be as that hotel is a dump. On return trips to Chicago, I will continue to visit Sofitel.
From the moment we walked in and were greeted by the Fofina (sp) which was fantastic! Then we checked in with Paola and it felt like home. This was our first time to stay here but you would of thought it was our tenth time. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. We got some great tips from Vern on places to eat and took him up on two different suggestions. Since this was an anniversary trip we were surprised with some water and chocolate covered strawberries. It’s the small touches a hotel can do to make travelers feel so much better and this hotel has it down perfectly! The rooms were spacious, decorated nicely, and very comfortable. After flying in from Jamaica and a long day the soft music playing when we entered our room felt very relaxing. We plan on coming to stay here again and can’t wait to book our next trip! Thank you staff for such a wonderful and accomdating place to stay!
Everything one can imagine as far as service this place covers w/class,stayed this stay w/Frankie Beverly & Maze and OJays,had a performance at the UIC Pavillion Sat nite,and decided to stay over because of ice and snow
My husband and I arrived in the evening for our stay. We only stayed one night and upon check in, the staff, specifically Daniel Flood (manager) was extremely helpful and accommodating towards us. (We had our pet with us). The overall welcome was superb and our room was very comfortable. I will definitely be recommending family and friends to stay there when they come visit us. We just moved from California to Chicago and it was the nicest welcome for our new lives here in Chicago!
I have been coming to the Sofitel for the last 6 years or so and about 1/2 a dozen times per year and no matter what time of the year it is, the quality of services from the staff to the luxury of the rooms and bedding to the restaurant and bar, everything is always perfect and exceed my expections.
Family, couple, business this hotel is a fabulous choice and you will not be disappointed!