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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


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Sofitel's signature l'art de vivre in a stylish sleep steps from the Magnificent Mile

The Look

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 Chicago Magnificent Mile
20 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States


4.5 Very Good 4867 Reviews
Perfect stay!!!
Reviewed 19 hours ago

Excellent staff made the stay perfect! Paola was so personable and sweet, what a gem to have at this hotel. She made our day!! Rooms are very chic and nicely appointed. The views could not be any better on the magnificent mile. Perfect location in the city.

Reviewed 2 days ago

The hotel is really good. My room was clean and spacious and There was any comfort I needed in. The staff is lovely and the location is central, very close to North Michigan street. If you are in the city for business this hotel will be a great choice

Lovely stay!
Reviewed 2 days ago

In the past we have stayed in another nearby Chicago hotel, but the Sofitel was more than a step above. The front desk personnel were cheerful and accommodating. they upgraded us to a deluxe room for our anniversary (20th floor). The room was gorgeous with a nice view of the city, a cozy chaise lounge. The bathroom was fantastic with plush towels, robe and slippers and pleasant smelling products. The bed was very comfortable and temperature control and air purifier in room made for a wonderful stay. We had breakfast in the restaurant and the food and service were good. Will definitely stay again in our frequent trips to Chicago area.

Fab location and hotel
Reviewed 7 days ago

Love this location. Close to magnificent mile, shopping stores, fab restaurants. Breakfast was great and the team there is very helpful. I would stay here again and gladly recommend it to someone .

I had breakfast here as well and it was great value and quality. There is a 24 hour cafe 100 mts away which is handy when you looking for something to eat if you are jet lagged

Amazing family weekend!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Sofitel for a weekend downtown for our twin daughters’ 4th birthday. Everything was amazing! The service was impeccable. When the check-in desk learned we were there to celebrate a birthday, they gave each of the girls a teddy bear as a present. That set the tone for a magical birthday weekend where the girls felt so special. They keep talking about going back to the princess hotel! The rooms were beautiful, clean and comfortable. The location is perfect for downtown activities. Highly recommend this hotel!