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
Great location and the rooms were huge! The beds and pillows were super comfy. Updated and clean. Only downfall is price. The room price was ludicrous and it was $47 to park for 1 night. But that’s Chicago for ya!
Popular rooftop bar on the 4th floor played club music with heavy bass until 3am. Front desk said sorry and offered ear plugs. The audacity of a business to sell me a (not cheap) room to sleep in and then pump bass into it themselves all night is unbelievable. I could sympathize if it was another place next door, but this is the hotel's own bar.
Stayed with my husband for Labor day weekend. We loved it and the location is great in River North. Close to lots of restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Room was comfortable and nicely decorated. Windows are smallish but you can open them which is a nice touch. The subway station is a 5-10 minute walk. We hate being right on the magnificent mile and this place is close enough to get here without being right on the strip. This is definitely a young crowd so I wouldn't recommend for older couples or those with children, but if you love hip, cool places, this is a great choice. The "rooftop" deck was actually on the fourth floor but has great views of city. and a nice bar/restaurant. Wort the visit.
They have done a great job with the most important aspect of service...their staff. They were very friendly and accommodating. The restaurant and bar was very convenient and reasonably priced making it a great place to have for a home base while being in Chicago. Walking distance to lots that Chicago has to offer.
Fridge was making some noise and elevator stopped working for couple of days (one was still ok). Otherwise it is a good hotel well located. But I would not go back there every time. Kind of hotel you can get easily elsewhere. But nothing major negative to state