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
This hotel offers sleek design, a welcoming staff, and impossibly comfortable beds. I was in town for a 1 day trip, so glad that the Godfrey had availability. The gym was a little small but had everything I needed to get a nice workout in and the upstairs bar is kind of incredible.
The front desk team at Godfrey was wonderful! Very professional and upbeat. From the time I arrived at the front door, I was never disappointed with the staff. Rooms are very clean. I loved I/O. Will be back next time.
We booked a king room through hotels.com, and when we arrived we got a queen sized bed that was more like a full sized bed. We were told they were "oversold" on king sized beds for the night. They gave us vouchers for a free drink (had until midnight to use 'em!) and a voucher for breakfast the next morning which did make their screw up a little better.