Often a new city hotel has to settle for adapting an existing building, shoehorning modern interior design into a prewar skyscraper or hiding boutique flash behind an unassuming facade. Not so the Sofitel Water Tower. Architect Jean-Paul Viguier was allowed to start from scratch, and the result is striking — a dramatic bright white wedge-shaped building that looks for all the world like a giant ice breaking ship cutting its way across Chicago.
The inverted wedge shape, while arresting enough from the outside, has a delightful effect on the interiors as well — guest rooms on the underside of the wedge protrude out over the sidewalk, allowing a unique view straight down onto the street.
Of course in some chain hotels one would prefer to look out the window, rather than catch a glimpse of the tired decor and flabby furniture. Here, again, this hotel is different; Sofitel is a chain, yes, but one with respect for design — guest rooms feature Barcelona chairs by Mies van der Rohe and the hotel lobby is stocked with a small library of books about Chicago architecture and design.
Let's not forget the creature comforts — though the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel could certainly get by on good looks alone, it is a fully-functioning big-city luxury hotel, with high-speed internet, 24-hour room service, spacious bathrooms, and a convenient downtown location, just off the Magnificent Mile. Though the staff may speak with French accents, and the interiors are deeply European, there's little danger of forgetting where you are — those vast picture windows have commanding views of the city's unique architecture, if you can tear your eyes from the sidewalk below.
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower is located a few blocks from the Chicago Ave. station on the red "L" line and approximately a 30 minute drive from Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Please contact <a href="mailto:email@example.com" style="text-decoration:none;color:#ff3300;">firstname.lastname@example.org</a> to arrange airport transfers.
Guests over the age of 21 are considered adults. Some rooms accommodate 3 or more. The "Room with 2 double beds or one-bedroom suite with sofabed" room sleeps up to 4 guests. For crib/cot, must book "Superior King or Double bedded room" room or larger. For 2 adults + rollaway bed, must book "Rollaways are not offered" or larger. For 2 adults + 2 kids beyond crib age, must book "Room with 2 double beds or one-bedroom suite with sofabed" room or larger.
Cribs are available and may be subject to an additional fee. No additional charges for kids beyond crib/roll-away.
Babysitting services provided by screened outside help at US$Varies per hour. The restaurant is kid-friendly with high chairs and a kids menu. Room service offers a kids menu.
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