I did not spend as much time as I would have liked at this hotel, but like all Sofitel properties, the guest experience was extremely solid.
Arriving late at night, the large lobby was deserted, making it feel even more enormous. The property apparently has unique design and architecture, but I did not stay long enough to explore all the building’s features.
I was upgraded to a mini suite, spacious but not too massive. Room was in the form of an L, with the long part containing the very comfortable bed and sitting area with sofa, while the short side had the entrance way and access to bathroom. Standard Orange Vert amenities were provided. (I personally find the fragrance too strong for my taste.)
As usual, sleeping on the Sofitel bed was a great experience, soft and sinking, with smooth and clean linen. Bottled Evian water was provided, along with a Keurig coffee maker, and a complimentary suit travel bag. I was on a high floor with very large windows, which afforded great views of Chicago.
Checkout was fairly fast. There was a large amount of people looking for taxis, and as the hotel is not located on a main thoroughfare, the line was long and the bellman was a bit overwhelmed. I walked a few streets away to an area with more traffic, and found my own cab soon enough.
With only a limited chance to gain an impression of the place, I can say that Sofitel Water Tower provides an agreeable night in Chicago, and is very suitable for business travelers.
- 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