My wife and I recently returned from a six-night stay at the Sofitel during a spring break getaway and would heartily recommend this hotel to anyone contemplating stay in Chicago.
The property is located just a few blocks west of the Magnificent Mile and just off of Rush Street. It is also a few short blocks north of the Red Line stop at Chicago Avenue and there is no shortage of things to do just outside the hotel. Of note, the hotel is just around the corner from a very nice neighborhood market (Potash Bros.) if you're looking for groceries or wine for your stay. It's also not far from the lakeshore path if you're looking for a nice run or walk (cross N. Michigan at Oak Street for the pedway). We parked in the garage next door for $37 a day.
The hotel lobby is very nice and offers a number of places to sit. Check-in was quick and we were "upgraded" to a room on the 31st floor, which was a standard room but had nice views to the southwest towards the Merchandise Mart. Our room was clean and very nicely appointed and had plenty of storage in the closet. The bed was comfortable. My only quibble with the room was minor and was a lack of seating, which suggested the room was really geared for a single occupant and not a couple. However, we made it work and would stay in the exact same room again if given the opportunity.
The bathroom in our room was really the star, with a spacious shower stall with great water pressure, a separate soaking tub, and a nice-sized sink board. The toilet is in a separate water closet, which was also a nice perk. Everything was marble or tile and was cleaned well every day like the rest of the room.
With too many other things to do, see, eat and drink close by, we didn't bother with the hotel bar or restaurant, though they seemed to be well attended by other guests. If you're in Chicago and staying at the the Sofitel, you really shouldn't be bothering with LeBar or Cafe des Architects except in the case of extreme emergency.
In closing, the Sofitel Water Tower is definitely a very good hotel and we would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a hotel in Chicago, especially one north of the Chicago River.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile bids you welcome with world-class downtown Chicago hotel accommodations - minutes from Michigan Avenue, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute, and trendy boutiques. Designed by the French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, our downtown Chicago Illinois hotel is a 32-floor prism of glass, boasting 415 rooms, including 33 luxurious suites. Embrace modern design and rich architectural legacy at this luxury hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel Chicago
- Sofitel Chicago Water Hotel
- Sofitel Water Tower Hotel Chicago
- Chicago Sofitel