Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
This glass prism-shaped hotel is one of the most recognizable buildings in Chicago.
The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower embodies the Sofitel brand's French elegance. It caters mostly to business travelers, though the location near Magnificent Mile, the stylish lobby, the sexy Le Bar and the sleek, contemporary decor makes it a good choice for leisure travelers as well.
This luxury property pays attention to the details that make for a more intimate stay, from the warm "Bonjour!" at the front desk, to the fresh flowers in the bathrooms, to the free Evian bottles at turndown.
The chic lobby is the entryway to the hotel’s busy restaurant Café des Architectes, which features a French-inspired menu. The stylish Le Bar serves a great selection of wines and champagne cocktails in an intimate space.
The rooms are bright and spacious, with large windows overlooking imposing skyscrapers, contemporary art on the walls, and modern decor. Marble-tiled bathrooms come with separate showers and bathtubs and high-end toiletries.
Two blocks from the Magnificent Mile and within walking distance of some of Chicago’s top attractions
The Sofitel Chicago is located two blocks the Magnificent Mile, an iconic stretch of North Michigan Avenue known for its upscale shopping. However, it is not all about department stores out here. Art galleries, top-notch restaurants, and landmarks -- such as the Water Tower, John Hancock Observatory, and Museum of Contemporary Art -- and are within easy walking distance of the hotel.
Bright rooms with sleek modern decor -- but no iPod docks or CD players
Most of the clean-lined, modern rooms are outfitted with blond woods, red carpets, and plush white feather bedspreads. Even standard rooms have walk-in showers and separate bathtubs.
24-hour fitness center, but no spa or pool
A French restaurant and a champagne bar
The luxurious 415-room Sofitel Chicago, two blocks from the Magnificent Mile, is noteworthy for its sleek modern decor and excellent service. It's a haven for business travelers, with plush white beds in the bright rooms, and everything -- the fitness center, business center, and room service -- available around-the-clock.