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“Quality in Swiss fashion” 5 of 5 stars
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Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   20 East Chestnut St - Downtown, Chicago, IL 60611 (Gold Coast)   |  
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Ranked #12 of 177 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Quality in Swiss fashion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Business meeting at upscale hotels has been a thing much missed, but the Sofitel was a great way to see chicago. Corner rooms looking at the navy pier and the miracle mile, large rooms surrounded by glass were a de stressor from the start. Elevators respond by pushing the floor at the call point, it inside the elevator, so waits are kept,to a minimum, and there is no miltiplemstoosmifmyounaee on a high floor. Bathrooms had separate shower and tub, and large sink area and counter, in room lights closet, safe, and comfortable bed, recliner, couch let you spread out, and the work desk was large w close plug ins. The was an inner hallway from the outside, keeping hall noise to a minimum, but I did need my white noise machine for the street noise. Staff was friendly and helpful, and the turndown service left Swiss chocolates on the pillow.
Comfortable bed and pillows, Gym was large and well supplied. Meeting rooms were large and quiet. Food was a let down as the. Edge tables were all overlooked, but the other items were cooked better, and even the oatmeal,for breakfast was well made.
Would enjoy staying here again.

Room Tip: Definitely want to face miracle mile and navy pier
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr, General Manager at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
Bonjour hotelmavin,

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments concerning your stay at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. I appreciate your contribution with such a detailed and positive review. I am very happy that you appreciated the design of our rooms along with the beautiful view and amenities.
I am glad to see that you were so extremely comfortable in our world-renowned Sofitel MyBeds. It was a real pleasure to read about your guest experience.
Thank you very much to share your tips with our valued readers.
Best regards,

Sebastien Pfeiffer
General Manager
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We have discovered Chicago after a long trip across America. We booked at Sofitel without knowing where it was in town. Finally it was a good choice as it is very central, 2 mn walk to Michigan avenue, and easy to get on the right road to the airport on final day. Sofitel is Sofitel = quality.
End of July may not be the best period to get a good deal but it was worth paying for quality and location. Public Parking next door at 45$/ day. Bed was too soft for me but my wife enjoyed it so...
Staff at the counter was nice and very helpful.

Room Tip: To get some views it is better to stay above the 25th floor
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr, General Manager at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
Bonjour Pierre F,

First of all allow me to thank you very much for the time you took to share your comments on TripAdvisor further to your stay.
It was a real pleasure to read about your stay, and that you were able to take advantage of our excellent location in the city, close to both Michigan Avenue shopping and Gold Coast dining.
My Front desk team was honored to receive your nice comments regarding the great service they constantly provide.
Thank you very much to share your tips with our valued readers regarding the beautiful views from our hotel.
Looking forward to welcoming you back amongst us,
Best regards,

Sebastien Pfeiffer
General Manager
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Absolutely loved staying here. Service was amazing. Front desk checked us in early and were helpful with all our needs and requests. Room was excellent. Comfortable bed. Great views from room. Would wholeheartedly recommend. Will stay here again next time we are in town.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr, General Manager at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
Bonjour XanderMac,

Thank you for your generous comments on TripAdvisor following your stay at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. I am so pleased that your overall guest experience was wonderful and that you would `wholeheartedly recommend' us.
I am glad that you found the front desk staff `helpful'. I really appreciate your comments for rooms, beds and views.
I look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back soon.
Sincerely,

Sebastien Pfeiffer
General Manager
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Jackson, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

The hotel is walking distance from the train station and shopping. The atmosphere is VERY quiet overall. I encountered very few guests during a Friday to Monday stay. I was surprised at the size of the bathroom and comfort of the bed. Housekeeping was excellent.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr, General Manager at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, responded to this review, August 8, 2014
Bonjour Twofst2c,

Thank you very much for this stunning review you took the time to write on your recent stay at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.
You are so right saying that our central location is such a convenient place to explore the city of Chicago. I am delighted to read that you found the housekeeping `excellent' and the room and bathroom comfortable.
I look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back for another `pleasant stay'.
Kindest Regards

Sebastien Pfeiffer
General Manager
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Kxoxville, TN.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Able to get a good price on room under 100. Clean, bright, bed wonderful, service great. Just the kind of Hotel you want to occupy when you viit the Windy City. This hotel is certainly up to standard ****+. The only shortfall is the parking pretty steep ($45) next building. The Plus is that you are in the heart of the activity. Stayed weekend. Stayed 6/29 - 7/1

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr, General Manager at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, responded to this review, August 8, 2014
Bonjour Wings22,
First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to review your June stay amongst us.
I am glad to read that you enjoyed our comfortable room and famous Sofitel MyBeds.
Be certain that your kind comments have been passed on to our entire team.
I look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back soon to the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.
With best regards,

Sebastien Pfeiffer
General Manager
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Ottawa, Canada
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Stayed for a weekend in March. The location is top notch, bars and restaurants all nearby as well as the Magnificent Mile. The hotel is very unique, stylish and holds its own in the architectural wonder of Chicago and competing hotels. Check in was smooth and staff were very friendly, professional and helpful. The room was excellent...very stylish, all the amenities and very comfy bed. We chose a "high floor" room and had a stunning view of the Chicago skyline and Hancock Tower. We ate breakfast at the hotel restaurant one morning...if you can, treat yourself to that. Fresh complimentary pastries were offered at the start of our meal and the breakfast we ordered was superb, with attentive service. A great experience overall, it was a treat in all respects!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr, General Manager at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, responded to this review, August 8, 2014
Bonjour RoxyRoadTrip,

Thank you for choosing the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower for your trip and for taking out the time to share your experience on Trip Advisor.
I am thrilled to read your recommendation about our team, convenient location and `smooth' check in.
I am delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and that our hotel's appearance exceeded your expectations. In fact, we will celebrate our 12-year anniversary next June; our unique design by architect Jean-Paul Viguier has made us one of the Chicago skyline's 'architectural gems'. I am also happy to know that you appreciated our delicious breakfast at Cafe des Architectes.
I am looking forward to welcoming you back very soon.
Best regards,

Sebastien Pfeiffer
General Manager
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Toronto
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Sofitel is a French chain and it never forgets that! The lobby, the flowers, the food, the amenities, the room decor - all the best of today's Paris! We experienced an unfortunate hiccup with our reservation but the front desk staff was quick to remedy it with an amazing upgrade. The location is excellent - just a couple of blocks off Michigan (the Magnificent Mile) and the Hancock Tower - but even more importantly, just a couple of blocks from Oak Street where the miracles really happen: Prada, Louboutin, Hermes, Saint Laurent, Chanel, Jimmy Choo ....
I have to say we only ate breakfast at the hotel but the menu was varied and the food more than enough to see you through to a late lunch.
Trust Peter, the concierge - he is a genius with a terrific sense of humour! He more than made up for a couple of the front desk staff who could have have used a bit more training in the hotel systems and policies.
In all, a very good stay!

Room Tip: Suites above the 22nd floor have great views; below that, not so much!
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr, General Manager at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Bonjour MarlaToronto,

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments concerning your stay at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. You were very generous with your comments, and I very much appreciate that you consider our property as `The best of Paris in Chicago'.
I was pleased to know that our property and our staff met your expectations. Please rest assured that I have shared your encouraging message with the team and have recognized Peter for the outstanding service he provided. Thank you very much for your nice feedback about our location and for sharing your tips regarding the `great views'.
Look forward to a future visit when you can enjoy again our wonderful breakfast at Cafe des Architectes.
Best regards,

Sebastien Pfeiffer
General Manager
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Address: 20 East Chestnut St - Downtown, Chicago, IL 60611
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Gold Coast , Near North Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Chicago
#3 Green Hotel in Chicago
#9 Business Hotel in Chicago
#11 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#12 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#12 Family Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sofitel Chicago Water Tower 4.5*
Number of rooms: 415
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower bids you welcome with world-class downtown Chicago hotel accommodations - minutes from the Magnificent Mile, 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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