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Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

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Why We Love It

  • The hotel's prism-like glass design has an "understated elegance" (Travel + Leisure)
  • The Michelin-recommended Cafe des Architectes features "sophisticated New French cuisine" (Zagat)
  • Rooms are filled with natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the city skyline 

"A wonder of modern architecture" -- Fodor's
Enjoyed This
(143 Member Ratings)
"Ambience, atmosphere and amenities! I LOVED the separate shower and tub!!!"
Apr 30, 2018
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Map & Directions

The hotel is half an hour by car from Chicago O'Hare International Airport. A taxi runs approximately $50. Valet with in and out privileges is $71 per day; self-parking is available in the area but not directly at the hotel.

Rooms & Rates

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Sleek European roots and innovative architecture greet you with a "Bonjour!" at Sofitel's 4.5-star North American flagship property, set on the edge of Chicago's Gold Coast near the Mag Mile. Even though the hotel soars 32 floors above street level, it maintains an intimate, boutique-like feel with only 16 rooms per floor.

Rooms are minimalist in design with a European feel, including plush white bedding, two different kinds of power outlets for international travelers and luxe marble bathrooms that include a separate shower and tub and Lanvin bath amenities. Upgrade to Superior or Luxury rooms to stay on a higher floor, which means better views.

Guests can sit down to Michelin-recommended dining at the on-site Café des Architectes, or sample cocktails from Le Bar's specialty martini list while kicking back in the lounge's comfy, "den-like" setting (Fodor's). The hotel is also within three blocks of Rush Street nightclubs, Oak Street shopping, the Hancock Center and prime Lake Michigan beachfront.

From the press:
  • One of the the Best Luxury Hotels in Chicago --
  • "At the contemporary, sleek Sofitel Chicago, you'll feel embedded in the city in the best of ways" -- Conde Nast Traveler
  • "Sophisticated but comfortable ... throughout the hotel, service is on point" -- The Telegraph



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Chauffeur service (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Shuttle service (fees apply)
  • Business center
  • ATM
  • Baby-sitting service (fees apply)
  • Complimentary shoe shine service

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries

Parking Self parking available offsite

  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children 16 and under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request: free of charge.

Extra beds are not available. 
Extra person charge is $20 (subject to tax) per night. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: Dogs are allowed on request (under 30lbs). Dogs may not be left alone in the room. Cleaning fees may be charged and will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Fees: An Amenity Fee of $12.00 (subject to tax) per night applies and includes domestic phone calls, high speed WiFi, newspapers and coffee and pastry in the morning. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The hotel offers Valet Parking (with in and out privileges) for $72.00 (subject to tax) per day. Charges will be applied to your bill at the hotel. This rate is subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(143 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Sofitel Chicago Water Tower over the past 15 months.
4.7 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.6 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Ambience, atmosphere and amenities! I LOVED the separate shower and tub!!!
Loretta Apr 30, 2018 Indianapolis, IN, USA
Enjoyed Most
I loved the room and bed. Very quiet, comfortable - great sleep. Staff were excellent. Location was perfect for my conference, shopping, eating and seeing the sites. Enjoyed my stay very much.
Apr 10, 2018 Bloomington, MN, USA
Other Comments
Customers should be mindful of the extra 12 dollars plus tax facility fee and the 12 dollars plus tax (13.25) amenity fee. So $125 room is really $146.50 plus at least $21 in taxes
Lou Ann Apr 02, 2018 Milwaukee, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Loved the newly renovated room design and features, cleanliness was excellent, friendliness of staff was exceptional, room was quiet
Other Comments
This is on the top of my list as one of the best hotels I've stayed in. In addition to outstanding cleanliness, the functionality of the room design made the visit exceptional. Often rooms are so small in hotels that you have to take turns maneuvering around the bed, but this was spacious. The chaise lounge is so much more relaxing than the typical club chair. I loved that there were built-in shelves behind the wall mirrors. You are less likely to leave something behind hid away in a drawer. The bathroom is bright with a wall mounted makeup mirror. Little things like the shelf under the bathroom sink and the hot water quickly coming to temperature makes your stay just a little more pleasant. Although we didn’t use them, there were bathrobes and slippers for guests to use. A feature I haven’t seen in a hotel before … a push button privacy light. I’ve been subjected to those do-not-disturb hanging door tags removed at other hotels and the resulting knock on the door from housekeeping. What a great idea! They thought of everything! The large screen TV was a nice surprise. The room was very quiet although you can hear doors closing but muffled enough by the room insulation that it didn't wake us. The maid was very conscientious and the room was pristine. The friendliness of all staff from the doorman to the front desk was infectious and it spilled over to the guests. The location is ideal, just a few blocks off Michigan Avenue, down the street from the Water Tower Place, close to Rush Street and a block away from my husband's favorite spot...Ditka's. It’s worth noting that the hotel has a bar off it’s lobby, Le Bar … a fun place for a night cap. In the morning there is free coffee in the lobby and the most buttery croissants. In the afternoon, they put out delicious little sandwich cookies. But you don’t have to leave your room for a good cup of coffee. The room is equipped with a Keurig coffeemaker, Tully’s coffee and a complimentary Evian bottle of water. My husband used the fitness room and found it the best he’s used supplied with fresh fruit and water. A few items they can easily remedy...the TV programming was tedious to maneuver. I found the bed a little too hard (and a little lumpy) for my arthritis but my husband had no problem with it. A nice comfy mattress topper would solve this issue. We knew we were arriving late on a Friday night and I called to see if I could check in but without a credit card on file, I was unable. The room was already charged to my card by Travelzoo which may be the reason. I was concerned because the hotel was completely booked and we didn’t want to get the last room by an elevator. So we were very pleased when we arrived and the front desk clerk upgraded our room to an upper floor and it was very quiet. Thank you for a wonderful stay. We will be back.
Jim Apr 04, 2018 Omaha, NE, USA
Enjoyed Most
Room and view
Other Comments
Great breakfast and room decor.
Patrick Apr 02, 2018 Barrington, IL, USA
Other Comments
Rooms need some tlc.
Mary C Apr 05, 2018 PetersburgPetersburg, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location is perfect.
Other Comments
If you want to avoid the $72/night valet parking fee, there is a reasonable public parking ramp around the corner.
Sabine Mar 24, 2018 Madison, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
The beds were super comfortable! Le Bar was a lot of fun as well!
Kimberly Jan 29, 2018 O Fallon, MO, USA
Enjoyed Most
The location and the morning crescents and tea.
Other Comments
Impeccable service
Dina Feb 05, 2018 Phoenix, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Very comfortable and attractive room with a great view and location.
Other Comments
It was under construction. I did not know this till I got there. They had completed two floors we were told with many to go. We got one of the brand new rooms. But every morning at 8:15 am we got drilling and sawing and hammering in the room directly above us. The brand new TV could not be turned on with the remote. Had workers in the room for two days trying to fix it. They did. The curtain was impossible to open once closed. They fixed that. The room smelled of fresh wall paper adhesive for the first two days. But we were STILL comfortable and enjoyed the room. I think they jumped the gun on letting us stay in a new room too soon. They graciously gave us a healthy discount due to the problems. Would definitely stay there again. This was my second stay. Love the staff and their service.
Robert Jan 07, 2018 Davis, CA, USA

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