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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Everything from check in to check out was exceptional except breakfast. It took a long time for the food and it was not busy. The food was OK but not the quality of the rest of the experience at the hotel.
Very Noisy room, Light was not working, TV Remote control was not working, Air conditioning very noisy, terrible windows,Hot water missing in the morning only cold shower. So I cold not really sleep well and rest.
I was charged a "resort fee" after I paid for the entire trip in full. Unfriendly staff who offer no help and really do not care about any of the guests.I would never stay in another one their hotels and I would never recommend anyone staying here.
Great hotel, great location, great rooftop bar! This hotel is perfect for business or pleasure. Will visit again this summer and fall. The staff is friendly and welcoming. Wish there was a coffee shop in the lobby.
We have just come back from Chicago, and what a city !!! We arrived at the Godfrey on Saturday May 11, 2019 at +/- 11:30 am. We were able to get our room right away; great stuff. The employees are all very nice. The room was big (we had room 915), and it was to our taste. The kingsize bed was very comfortable as well as the bed sheets. They offer Caudalie shampoos and conditioners as well as liquid body soap and lotion. The only thing is that we would have liked to have a new soap bar everyday (Caudalie as well) or so as it was small. The hair dryer is powerful and to my liking. The change the towels everyday even if we did not leave them on the floor. They have a roofbar and it was nice for our last night. Althought, the bubbly wine I was given had practically no bubbles. The corridor on the 9th Floor smelled of ventilation odors and they should get this fixed, not fun but the odors did not come into the room. Glad we stayed there and would stay again for sure as it is walking distance to most everything. We had a hotel and airplane package.