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
This is really the best place to stay in Chicago. Clean. Spacious. Swanky. Hip. Close to everything. Restaurants near by. Shopping everywhere. There isn’t anything it doesn’t have. My go to every trip i make was to Chicago.
We held our national sales meeting at the Godfrey. Rooms are nicely appointed, the meeting space was perfect for a group our size (35) and the food and service was excellent. Can't say enough good things about Lowri, Tai, Sandy, Anissa!
Love this property, as it is very comfortable and the staff is very accommodating. The location is fantastic and it's a great bargain for the area. Don't miss the rooftop bar! My #1 choice for Chicago stays in River North.
My husband and I stayed here for four nights. The location is great! It is just a short walk to many local restaurants and establishments. The lounge at the hotel is lovely. The food is delicious and the bar offers several specialty cocktails. There are also some great views of Chicago. The room was comfortable and the hotel staff are helpful and polite. Overall, we had an excellent experience.
We stayed for 4 nights at The Godfrey while in Chicago. Check in was easy and all staff friendly and obliging. We were upgraded to a suite as Expedia VIP members and treated to complimentary bubbles and nuts as well. Bedding was ultra comfy with more beautiful pillows than needed. Although we didn't get to the rooftop bar, it looked amazing. Great location within walking distance of the lake, Navy Pier and The Magnificent Mile. Easy to get the Subway to Wrigley Field from here as well. Extra close to the Whole Foods Market.