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 recently stayed on a leisure trip to Chicago to see a friend of ours that is currently in the production of The Niceties. Morgan, the Concierge at the Sofitel, helped us so much and always had a smile on her face. From simple directions, to a sensational recommendation of the Purple Pig, we felt very well taken care of and will definitely stay at the Sofitel and call on her expertise again in the future!
This is a terrific place to stay. Convenient location but off the frenzy of Michigan Avenue. My room was clean and comfortable and had a terrific chaise on which to sit and work. The bathroom was large with a nice tiled shower and a large tub. Staff was helpful and a newspaper was provided in the morning. Would definitely stay here again.
What was a great place to eat a Sunday Brunch now is terrible. I mean just awful. Go to Tempo Restaurant down the block. Sorry to say these words but this is how I feel Maybe they weren’t making money on the old menu but now they will be getting only hotel quest there now