Well-heeled clientele flock to this luxurious modern property located just off the ritzy Rush Street strip. A French import, this chain serves up European hospitality with a haute couture edge popular among the international and business traveler crowds.
Service is big here, so it's worth calling in advance for small curated touches like a cap greeting someone coming for their first Cubs game or complimentary La Petit Prince program for kids with a welcome letter, treat and specialty themed breakfast based on the iconic children's book.
Elegantly simplistic European furnishings courtesy of designer Pierre-Yves Rochon with a cityscape backdrop from floor-to-ceiling windows. The property's signature SoBed beddings includes crisp linens and pillowy featherbed mattress toppers that are so comfortable you might want to take them home (and you can—the property sells them).
YOU SHOULD KNOW Quiet sleepers rejoice: none of the rooms share walls with an elevator or room across the way for ultra-serene accommodations. If you don't have a fear of heights, take note of the windows at the end of the hall on each floor that offer unobstructed views of the streets below thanks to the unique shape of the building.
Marble bathroom come equipped with both a luxury bathtub and glass shower stocked with Lanvin designer products for standard rooms and Hermes products for suites.
Natural light streams through a two-story atrium filled with plush couches, custom artwork fresh flower arrangements, and infused water, creating a comfortable alcove for lounging. At night, a grand staircase inspired by the French opera house lights up with 5,000 twinkling fiber optic lights.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Does something smell good? It's probably the property's custom perfume scent, Essence de Sofitel, by French perfumer Lucien Ferrero that is sprayed around the hotel. Take a bottle home with you for $45.
The new 24-hour SoFit Gym features state of the art Technogym resistance equipment, TV-equipped cardio machines, a Batak Reaction hand-eye coordination machine, and fresh fruit for after your work out.
Award-winning Cafe des Architectes remains a loyal stalwart with experimental modern French cuisine from Executive Chef Greg Biggers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Rise and shine with complimentary croissants and coffee available for guests in the morning in the restaurant.
Le Bar is the latest newcomer, a swanky chartreuse and black draped modern Art Deco bar offering high-end craft cocktails, French wines, and small bites. A communal table anchoring the bar often brings in a chatty international crowd for those who want to mingle.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The bar opens at 3 p.m. and is packed with outlets, making for a great spot to catch up on work over a glass of wine in the afternoon.
A concierge is available outside to hail a taxi easily or you can use a ride-hailing app like Lyft or Uber to immediately nab a ride. It's about a 4-minute walk to the nearest red line L stop at Chicago Avenues and State Street, where you can find buses running along both streets.
The Gold Coast is best known for pricey steakhouses like Gibson's Steakhouse and Bar, Tavern on Rush, and Maple & Ash (4-minute walk). If you want to stick with the luxury vibe, make reservations for Ralph Lauren's RL Restaurant (5-minute walk) or the award-winning Cafe Spiaggia (5-minute walk), a favorite of President Obama.
Head up to the second floor of Luxbar (5-minute walk) for great views of the Rush Street triangle, or if you want the best views of the city, grab a drink at The Signature Room at the 95th on the sky deck of the John Hancock building (5-minute walk). For something a little local and divier, grab a pint and a Chicago hot dog at longtime Irish tavern Pippin's Tavern (2-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Refined European elegance and excellent service makes everyone feel like a high-end socialite at this stunning property. For those who eschew the party scene in favor of a quiet meal or a thoughtful nightcap, you can find both on-site before retreating to ultra-serene rooms boasting some of the most comfortable beds you'll ever find. Curated touches like designer bath products, Bose sound systems, and custom amenities are distinctly tasteful, making it well-worth the price point for a lavish stay.