The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
What We Love
- Tech perks: iHome docking stations, free WiFi, 46-inch HD LED TVs and a mobile concierge app
- The hotel’s entire fourth floor is one sprawling indoor-outdoor, multi-purpose lounge, bar and restaurant
- A wet bar in every guestroom
What To Know
- Valet parking is $60 a day; self-parking is $43 per night per vehicle
- No bathtubs
- Rooms near the bar can be loud on summer nights
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Opened in February 2014, the sixteen-story cubist property and its futuristic jutting façade became an instant architectural landmark in a city known for its architecture. Inside the box opens up to an elliptical white marble lobby that sets the tone for the hotel’s clean, contemporary aesthetic. Natural wood, brushed metals and textured walls dominate, along with a tech-savvy emphasis underscored by the large touch screen digital concierge in the reception area.
Bed and Bath
The 221 guestrooms all feature a crisp grey and white palette punctuated by purple lounge chairs, pearlescent alligator print wallpaper and contemporary photos of city lights. The real attraction, though, may be the functional details. Think large cupboards fronted by glass doors that double as full-length mirrors, long multi-dimensional desks bleeding into deep dressers, ergonomic task chairs and a wet bar. The bathrooms swap tubs for walk-in showers; the black marble counters and L’Occitane toiletries are an added bonus.
What has put The Godfrey firmly on the local map is its 15,000 square foot indoor-outdoor oasis. The epic space includes an indoor lounge, an outdoor bar/dining area, a terrace lined with cabanas and a side deck anchored by a firepit. When Chicago thaws, the bar’s glass wall and roof peel back for an unfettered view of the city’s skyline. The menu skews towards haute bar fare with smoked salmon flatbread and lamb lollichops. The hotel also has a small, two-treatment room spa and a sizeable 24-hour fitness center.
In the Area
The Godfrey sits squarely in the center of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, which has become the epicenter of the city’s arts and dining scene. Top area galleries include Catherine Edelman’s cutting edge showcase of contemporary photography. Just as artful are the global plates dished up at the hood’s explosion of global restaurants. Try Tanta for Peruvian plates, Sumi Robata Bar for Japanese BBQ, Travelle for pan-Mediterranean or Beatrix for pure downhome Americana (deviled eggs!).
How to Get There
The Godfrey was perfect for our short trip to Chicago! Beautifully facility and fabulous service. The 4th floor rooftop bar is awesome! We would definitely stay here again, and have no problem recommending it to others.
The view we had from the room was nice. The outside patio at the 4th floor bar was super cool. it took a really long time to get served at the bar and there was hardly anyone there. Same for the service we got from brunch downstairs. Food was not that great and hardly saw our server.
Such a good place to stay if you’re a new traveller to Chicago. Their 4th floor club is a popular spot for locals and we went there 3 times and could always count on a good time! The rooms are great, as is the service! Great walking distance to everything you need!
Hotel in good location, room clean and well lit. Problem with light switches had me pull plugs to go to sleep.
Try not to drive, parking is not cheap and do not need a car to get around the city.
Resturant’s available near by, I recommend going out and not use the hotel Resturant. I was there Wednesday and Thursday and Resturant and bar were very quiet but they are set up as a night club for weekends.
This was our 4th time to Chicago and first time at this hotel. We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. The hotel was just okay. Location was great though. (however there is construction right across the street with a lot of heavy equipment- not a quiet place)
First, when you walk into the hotel, it's like a punch in the face with the air fresheners. It's overwhelming.
The actual room was fine, however the lighting in the room was quiet dark. Our beside table lamps didn't work and the buttons on the wall did not work at all to turn the lights on or off.
The bed was like sleeping on a half deflated air mattress or like a squishy marshmallow. The bed sank so bad in the middle and hurt our backs so bad my husband slept on the floor the second night.
The washroom was a weird layout, and the toilet ran constantly. We called down to the front desk but nothing could be done. We would not stay at this hotel again.