Sofitel Chicago Water Tower  4 stars

20 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, United States, 60611  show mapSave
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Editorial review:

There is definite European vibe to the touch of contemporary luxury offered by this swanky hotel in the heart of the Gold Coast. There are modern furnishings and fresh flowers arranged throughout the hotel, the suites are stunningly vivid and the rooms are airy, with amazing beds and with real character, there is great French dining to be had at Café des Architects, accommodating service, and offers great value for money for the discriminating business traveler.


Sofitel Chicago Water Tower is a 4-star property offering stylish guestrooms with stunning views of Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan. The hotel opened in 2002 and since then remains an example of French architecture in Chicago.

Excellent location in the heart of Chicago next to Michigan Avenue, Cloud Gate and Art Institute of Chicago. 360 Chicago, Loyola University Museum of Art and St. James Chapel in Chicago are located nearby.

The hotel is situated near museums and galleries.

Easily accessible from Chicago-Red subway station. Just 20 minutes from Midway airport.


This hotel comprises of Classic Lower Floors Single Room, Superior Top floor Single Room and Luxury Single Room with red furnishing. They feature a laptop, a patio, a laptop-size safe, Wi-Fi and individual climate control. They provide bathrooms with a walk-in shower, slippers and bathrobes.


A deluxe breakfast is served at the bar. Guests can unwind in the outdoor restaurant, which serves delicious international cuisine. At the luxury champagne bar guests will enjoy a selection of wines.


Guests are welcome to use a tour desk, a safe deposit box and a lift for general purposes and laptops, a photocopier and a business center for business needs.


Leisure facilities feature a library, a ballroom and a casino. The hotel’s fitness center has bicycles, fitness classes and a gym.


Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge.

Hotel high-speed internet access is available in public areas for additional charge

Guest Parking

Public hotel parking is possible on site and the rate is USD 66 per day.

Number of floors   32.  Number of rooms   415.

City Center Chicago - 1.4 mi
Airports Midway (MDW) - 10.1 mi, Chicago O'hare International (ORD) - 15.4 mi
Train Stations Millenium Station - 1.1 mi, Ogilvie Transportation Center - 1.4 mi
Underground stations LaSalle "L" Station (Blue Line) - 1.6 mi, LaSalle \"L\" Station (Blue Line) - 1.6 mi
Bus stop - 400 ft
Restaurants Cafe des Architectes (cuisine: French) - 100 ft, Tempo Cafe (cuisine: American) - 200 ft
Beaches Oak Street Beach - 2100 ft, Ohio Street Beach - 4400 ft
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  • Parking (fee required)
  • Safe deposit box
  • Currency exchange
  • Pets allowed
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Shoe shine stand
  • Storage space
  • Gift shop
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Front desk
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Tour desk
  • Spa & wellness center
  • Bell staff/porter
  • Shops/commercial Services
  • Valet parking
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
Dining facilities
  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Cocktail lounge
  • In-room breakfast
Business facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Business center
  • Fax/photocopying
Meeting facilities
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Meeting room
Facilities for people with disabilities
  • Rooms/facilities for people with disabilities
  • Wheel chair access
Leisure and relaxation facilities
  • Fitness center
  • Exercise gym
  • Library
Room view
  • City view
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Room service
  • Heating
  • Ironing facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Dressing area
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Bathroom telephone
  • Rollaway beds
  • Cable TV
  • AM/FM alarm clock
  • Internet access
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Hi-Fi



from  3 pm


until  12 pm

Children and extra beds
  • All children under the age of 12 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 

Pets are allowed on request.

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Superior Room
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Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Superior Room
Bed type: King Size Bed or Twin Beds or Double Beds
Size: 360 sq. feet

Modern room has a large work area and a contemporary bathroom.

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    Luxury Room
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    Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Luxury Room
    Bed type: King Size Bed or Double Bed
    Size: 360 sq. feet

    Spacious and light room has luxurious furnishings. It offers a practical work desk and a contemporary bathroom.

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      Junior Suite
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      Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Junior Suite
      Bed type: King Size Bed or Double Bed or 1 King and 1 Double
      Size: 500 sq. feet

      Spacious room offers a work area, a sleeping area and a cozy sitting area. Bathroom has all modern amenities.

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        Prestige Suite
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        Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Prestige Suite
        Bed type: King Size Bed or 1 King and 1 Double
        Size: 700 sq. feet

        Luxurious room has a bedroom and a living room with a sofa, armchairs and table. The bathroom has all modern amenities.

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          Sofitel Chicago Water Tower LocationWhat's nearby

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          What's nearby

          Tourist attractions
          Shopping areas
          • Screenz
            2700 ft
          • Mimi International
            700 ft
          • Museum Shop of the Art Inst
            700 ft
          • City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower
            1000 ft
          • Palette and Chisel Acad-Fine Art
            1000 ft
          • Museum of Contemporary Art
            1400 ft
          • Bethel Cultural Arts Center
            1400 ft
          • Terra Museum of American Art
            1700 ft
          • Arts Club of Chicago
            2300 ft
          • Stephen Daiter Gallery
            2300 ft
          Universities, Institutes
          Medical care and Hospitals
          • Venetian Casino Resort
            1000 ft
          • Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino
            1700 ft

          Local Attractions

          • 333 West Wacker Drive
            5000 ft
            333 W. Wacker Dr., Chicago
          • Millennium Park
            1.2 mi
            201 E Randolph St, Chicago
          • The Moody Church
            5100 ft
            1635 North LaSalle, Chicago
          • Macy's on State Street
            5300 ft
            111 North State Street, Chicago
          • James R. Thompson Center
            5300 ft
            100 W. Randolph St., Chicago

          Near the hotel

          • John Hancock Center / Observatory
            1000 ft
            875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
          • Fourth Presbyterian Church
            800 ft
            126 East Chestnut St, Chicago
          • Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)
            800 ft
            820 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
          • Holy Name Cathedral
            900 ft
            735 North State St, Chicago
          • Water Tower Place
            1000 ft
            835 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
          • The Newberry Library
            1000 ft
            60 West Walton Street, Chicago
          • Broadway Playhouse
            1200 ft
            175 E. Chestnut Avenue, Chicago

          Restaurants Nearby

          • Cafe des Architectes

            76% likes this, based on 141 reviews
            Cuisine: French
            Price Range: USD 31 - USD 40

            100 ft
            20 E Chestnut St

            Phone: (312) 324-4063

          • Tempo Cafe

            60% likes this, based on 253 reviews
            Cuisine: American
            Price Range: USD 3 - USD 22

            200 ft
            6 E Chestnut St

            Phone: 312-943-4373

          • Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

            77% likes this, based on 51 reviews
            Cuisine: Seafood

            100 ft
            20 East Chestnut St - Downtown

            Phone: 312 324 4000

          • Pizano's Pizza & Pasta

            62% likes this, based on 380 reviews
            Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
            Price Range: USD 23 - USD 32

            300 ft
            864 N State St

            Phone: 312-751-1766

          • Ing direct cafe

            74% likes this, based on 11 reviews
            Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Café

            100 ft
            21 East chestnut

          Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Reviews

          Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

          Average guest rating

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          Based on 99 reviews

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          • Older travelers

            Comfortable accommodations and attractive room. The bathroom was very large. I told them it was our wedding anniversary and they provided complimentary chocolate strawberries and water

            Did not provide a coffee maker and had to go to star bucks for coffee

            • Average rating
          • Older travelers

            Very good location, very friendly and efficient (for the most part) staff. The restaurant and the bar had good food and a nice ambiance - busy, bustling, nice mix of locals and hotel guests. Functional room - with all of the necessities there.

            Exterior design - the architect was Jean-Paul Viguier - is especially striking. The interior - with chrome and glass - is starting to look dated even thought it is less than 10 years old. Getting rid of the red carpet in the room and going to wooden floors might be a start in freshening things up. As is common with this type of hotel, the extras add up - $47 parking per night (not including tips for the valets), $9 internet.

            • Average rating
          • Older travelers

            Beautiful hotel, great location, very comfortable.

            Would have liked a coffee pot in the room or availability in the lobby.

            • Average rating
          • Single

            The location is good and safe. The bed is comfortable.

            Additional charge for internet connection. The phone charge for long distance calling within US is too high. The room cleaning service needs improvement, especially in replacing the consumed items.

            • Average rating
          • Single

            The reception staff was especially considerate with my check in (early) and check out (late). It made for a more wonderful stay. The room was spacious, quiet, and had a great skyline view. The business center was easily accessible, and never a long wait. The hotel location is great, next to Michigan Ave and Rush St. It was perfect for my first trip to see Chicago, and I would love to stay here again.

            • Average rating
          • Couple

            Great Hotel. Perfect Location. Wonderful staff and services.

            Everything was great and more than expectation.

            • Average rating
          • Group of friends


            Poor choice of meals in the restaurant.

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          • Older travelers

            The Flowers were amazing and the outdoor seating

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          • Single

            Front desk staff were amazingly helpful when I had a problem with my bank, I really apperciated their help. Location was perfect. View from the 30th floor was cool.

            • Average rating
          • Older travelers

            our second stay at the water with our first stay the hotel check-in staff were very curtious and helpful,the room was spotless the room staff couldn't do enough for us.

            the bar was pricey and the 18% put on everything ie.breakfast,room service etc.

            • Average rating
          • Couple

            The decor of the lobby was beautiful. Fresh orchids in the room were a great touch. We received a free upgrade from a junior to an executive suite with a corner room with lots of windows and great city views. I only wish we could have stayed more than one night!

            We went right after the blizzard and the trucks clearing snow kept beeping all night. (But the weather is not really the hotel's fault.)

            • Average rating
          • Older travelers

            Great hotel, well located in mid town Chicago with good amenities and great beds.I would definitely recommend this hotel.

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          • Family with children

            We enjoyed our stay at the Sofitel a lot.It is really a great place to stay because of its location and its nice and intimate atmosphere.Design of the interior and of the rooms is great,luxury but not flashy .Excellent service and very friendly staff.The restaurant is one of the best we experienced in Chicago with an interesting choice of courses .The breakfast is at a reasonable price and served at table thus avoiding the standardized and noisy buffets of most hotels nowadays. The Sofitel is definitely an excellent address in Chicago which I will highly recommend.

            Lighting at the entrance of the hotel, a kind of turquoise which is more adapted to a swimming pool than a hotel .Drafts in the lobby and part of the restaurant which during winter time can be really chilly .

            • Average rating
          • Single

            I liked the location, service and the spacious and clean rooms.

            I did not like the limited breakfast.

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          • Family with children

            Fantastic location, close to the Magnificent Mile and Water Tower. The building is strikingly modern.

            • Average rating
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