A Chicago hotel with French savoir faire
The white angular façade of Sofitel Chicago Water Tower makes for a striking image rising high above the streets of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The building — which was designed by Jean-Paul Viguier and is the French luxury hotel brand’s American flagship — looks right at home in a city known for its fine architecture. It also serves as a precursor for your visit. Once you enter, you’ll find a modern design scheme with sophisticated accents such as the custom (and oh-so avant-garde) fresh floral displays in the lobby. Rooms are contemporary and bathed in honey tones popping with bright colors and luxe marble baths. Touches of French hospitality are found in the details: the hotel staff makes notes on guests’ preferences, Les Clefs d’Or concierges can be found in the sleek lobby. Café des Architects serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with fine French flair, while Le Bar is a sexy little spot ideal for a nightcap. When the weather is warm, the outside patio makes for some of the best people watching in the city.