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Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

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by Doris Tongs (subscribe)
Doris is an awesome travel writer residing in Chicago, U.S..
Published April 29th 2018
Chicago's excellent Sofitel Chicago Water Tower is highly recommended for a business trip. Not to be missed are nearby attractions, such as the John Hancock Center. Just 2 km away are other attractions such as the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, Photo is taken by Doris Tongs


Rooms are bright, with large windows overlooking skyscrapers and contemporary art on the walls. Space is equipped with light wood furniture and wall panels behind the squares, red-orange carpeting, walls and curtains. Armchairs correspond to a rusty tone of carpets, double doors mirrors, full-length mirrors, and corner desks in front of the room (not the wall). All rooms have 32-inch flat-screen LCD TVs with dozens of channels (including premium ones), Bose alarm clocks, Keurig coffeemakers, minibars, Free Wi-Fi is available. Beds have plush feather mattresses.

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, Photo is taken by Doris Tongs


Marble bathrooms are a highlight. They come with separate walk-in showers and tubs, as well as ample counter space, magnifying mirrors, bathrobes and slippers, Lanvin toiletries and loofahs. Free Evian bottled water. Cribs and free daily delivery are available on request.

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, Photo is taken by Doris Tongs


The chic lobby is the gateway to the busy restaurant Cafe des Architectes, which offers a contemporary French-prepared cuisine based on local ingredients. An elegant and intimate Le Bar offers a fantastic selection of French and international wines, as well as champagne, cocktails, draft beers, and a short menu of comfort food. Around the hotel, there are several cafes, for example, the ING Direct Cafe, the Weber Grill and the Frontera Grill. There is also a varied nightlife in Chicago.

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, Photo is taken by Doris Tongs


The spa offers a fitness centre. A well-being program with body treatments is available in the massage and beauty area. If you are into sports, the equipment for squash, billiards, bowling, mini golf and volleyball is available on the hotel grounds. In addition, sailing is offered near the hotel.

Business travellers keeping odd hours (or acclimatizing Central Time Zone in Chicago) can take advantage of several 24-hour features of this hotel: fitness centre, business centre, and room service. They can also book the hotel's 10,000-plus square foot meeting space, which includes a 4,592-square-foot ballroom. Valet parking is expensive.

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, Photo is taken by Doris Tongs


Sofitel Chicago Water Tower has full air-conditioned guestrooms. The property has a bar, restaurant, fitness room and a luggage room. Rooms are easily accessible via the lift. Services include wake up service, laundry, dry cleaning, ironing and a shoeshine.
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Why? This hotel is a real architectural star in Chicago
When: Every day
Phone: 1 312-324-4000
Where: 20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Cost: Varies
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