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
Loved our 1 night stay at the hotel to celebrate our anniversary. The hotel's location is absolutely perfect, our suite was beautiful, and we felt really taken care of by the hotel staff. Would be sure to come back.
I have stayed at this hotel many times over the years, mostly for business. This past weekend, my husband and I spent a long weekend there to enjoy the city. Sharing this experience with him reminded me of just how perfect this hotel is on all of the important dimensions: Location--near shopping, restaurants, the lake, museums, and lovely residential neighborhoods. Service--prompt, polite, competent, responsive. Beauty--aesthetic touches and design features that are elegant but not trendy. Comfort--super cozy rooms that are lovely and spacious, some with partial lake or dramatic cityscape views. Cleanliness--bathrooms that sparkle. Friendliness--the staff just couldn't be nicer. Price--as in other hotels, it depends on the season, but is never exorbitant and always very good value. Now that all of the sleeping rooms and most of the public spaces have been redecorated, Sofitel Chicago is even more perfect. We dined at Le Bar on a Sunday night and enjoyed one of the best burgers we've ever had, but before that splurge we worked out at the large, renovated fitness center, with Techno-gym equipment! This hotel is good for business travelers, couples, and families. I couldn't recommend it higher, and I've never been disappointed after countless visits. For me, this hotel is the perfect balance of sophistication and relaxed style. I always feel happy when I arrive in the gorgeous lobby to begin another stay. The Sofitel Chicago has a vibe and a style and a personal touch that draw me in every time.
This is a gem of a hotel. I had forgotten the French influences to Sofitel and they were welcomed during my stay. I arrived early Thursday morning and the staff was very polite, although the hotel was sold out, their house keeping does not arrive until 9AM. So there was no availability to secure a room earlier.
The cafe was open at 6 and had an exception breakfast buffet and great coffee. Plentiful newspapers and a pleasant and welcoming enviroment. Again, great staff and team members.
The gym was great and had every thing one would require. I would stay here again.
Comments, the room was very clean, however because of the color of the carpet, I would recommend they move the furniture regularly and vacuum under the legs as dust seems to college there. Another suggestion would be to install a shower for guests who need one and and cannot get in their rooms.
After booking through a 3rd party I became very frustrated however, customer service manager was able to save my wife's bday weekend. I'm happy because this was our first stay at this location. We were overly pleased from the ambience and swank style of the room. We were able to take a moment and enjoy the bar located in the hotel. The bed was one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. And we have been to quite a few 5 star hotels. We will definitely will come back as this was a grand weekend.
It's my third trip to Chicago and I was looking for a hotel that was close to the Magnificent Mile but also a bit more hidden. Sofitel Hotel was a great choice. The French vibe was great and I enjoyed my hotel room and the wonderful breakfast each morning. The staff was friendly and helpful. I will come back to it the next time I'm in town.