This 32-floor luxury hotel contains over 400 stylish rooms and nearly three-dozen different spacious suites. It is situated in a remarkably vibrant part of beautiful downtown Chicago: countless restaurants, shops, bars, and cafes are to be found in the area immediately surrounding the hotel, and many of the city’s most popular attractions are not far away either. Guestrooms at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile are elegant and fashionable, while also being warm and inviting; many guestrooms even have spectacular views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. Numerous hotel-wide amenities are to be had here, too; these special offerings include such things as valet parking, two on-site restaurants, in-room spa services, two 24-hour business centers, expansive meeting space, and much more.
Sofitel Chicago Ambiance
Located on lovely E. Chestnut Street in the heart of downtown Chicago, across from charming Connors Park, Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile is a gleaming glass tower that catches the eye immediately at curb level. Its design is the work of the architect Jean-Paul Viguier, and the building’s striking exterior is prism-like, reflecting the elegant bustle of Chicago’s lively Near Northside. Inside, the lobby is full of plush tan couches and red carpets surrounded by cherry coffee tables holding sleek vases of colorful flowers; it is a pleasant area, just right for enjoying a quick cup of coffee or catching up with a friend. Nearby, the friendly concierge staff is available 24-hours a day/7-days a week, to assist you with anything you might need during stay.
Sofitel Chicago Rooms
Individual guestrooms at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile are available in four different types of layouts, with each one having been designed by legendary interior decorator Pierre-Yves Rochon. The “Classic Room” option, features one king bed, 350 square feet of space, and is located anywhere between the sixth and tenth floors; a “Superior Double Room” has largely the same amenities except it instead comes with two double beds. “Superior” rooms have a spacious, open layout, and are found on floors 11 through 21; a “Luxury Room” will give you stunning city and/or lake views from anywhere on the 22nd through 32nd floors.
There are also luxurious suites available here. “Junior Suites” are nearly 500 square feet of space consisting of one king bed, a full sitting/living area, and a spa-style bathroom. A “Prestige Suite” is a 700-square-foot corner unit that contains multiple televisions, Hermès bath products, and replicas of Mies van der Rohe’s famous “Barcelona” chairs.
The typical in-room décor of guestrooms at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile is modern, stylish, and reflective of a subtle elegance. The furniture on-site is custom-made for your room, and the color scheme is all soft blues and grays accented by touches of light-yellow wood here and there. Windows are usually floor-to-ceiling in size, offering ample natural light and splendid views of downtown Chicago—and, if you’re on a high-enough floor, Lake Michigan to the east.
Standard in-room amenities include a custom-made (and very comfortable!) “Sofitel Bed sleeping system,” a 55-inch LCD television, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi service, and a Bose “Solo 5” Bluetooth speaker. The bathroom is a contemporary space done up in soothing neutral colors. It includes marble touches throughout, and a luxurious glass shower and separate bath tub.
Sofitel Chicago Amenities
Your stay at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile grants you access to a significant number of hotel-wide amenities. The entire facility offers free high-speed Internet access, while there are two on-site business centers open to you 24-hours each day. Valet parking services are available here by request, and complimentary coffee is served each morning in the lobby area. The hotel is also pet-friendly.
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile contains its very own on-site fitness center. Called So Fit, this state-of-the-art exercise space was recently renovated and includes such equipment as an ARKE core-training station, a Batak Lite reaction-training station, a dozen cardio machines (that come with built-in, personal television units), and an assortment of weight-training devices (as well as free weights). So Fit may be accessed by guests 24-7, and it is always stocked with complimentary fresh fruit and cold water.
As part of a partnership with the well-regarded Windy City Massage company, Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile provides guests with their choice of a variety of spa services. If you are feeling the need/desire to relax and unwind during your stay here, you’ll be able to take your pick of classic spa treatments such as manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages—each one administered in the comfort of your very own hotel room.
In addition to extensive in-room dining services—which are available at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile 24-hours a day—there are two food-and-drink options located on-site here. Café des Architectes specializes in contemporary French cuisine crafted from the freshest local ingredients. It contains both a cozy dining room and a lovely outdoor terrace, and is open daily for breakfast (from 6:00 to 11:30am) and Monday through Friday for lunch (11:30am to 2:30pm). Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am to 2:30pm. If you’re in the mood for a high-end cocktail or meal, you’ll also find Le Bar here open each day from 3:00pm. This snazzy space is a glamorous spot to enjoy everything from truffle fries to beef tartare right alongside a glass of wine or local craft beer.
You’ll also find here over 10,000 square feet of meeting space suitable for everything from a corporate retreat to an intimate wedding. Numerous event rooms may be rented out for a private function in any number of shapes and sizes; the centerpiece of all this event space is the almost 5,000 square foot Grand Ballroom; the Grand Ballroom can hold up to 400 people for any sort of conference and/or special occasion.
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile Neighborhood
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile is located at the corner of N. Wabash Avenue and E. Chestnut St., directly in the heart of Chicago’s opulent Gold Coast neighborhood. Here you’ll find acclaimed restaurants right next to high-end shopping destinations, all a short walk from the iconic Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue. The downtown campus of Loyola University is also nearby, as are the stately Newberry Library and the acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Art. Other popular attractions within the general vicinity of Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile include 360 Chicago (on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building), Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Museum Campus—the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium. Additional nearby accommodations include Park Hyatt Chicago, Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, Swissôtel Chicago, JW Marriott Chicago, Sheraton Grand Chicago, Loews Chicago Hotel, Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, Virgin Hotels Chicago, and many, many others.
How is it Ecofriendly?
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile is a member of the Accor Hotels group—a large collection of some of the world’s finest hotel properties that has for years now emphasized sustainable development as one of its guiding corporate philosophies. In 2012, Accor Hotels group launched its Planet 21 initiative. This innovative endeavor has now for over a half-decade seen Accor Hotels group place a vision of corporate social responsibility at the core of its vision for its hospitality ventures as it attempts to both reduce the scope of its environmental impact while also inspiring in its guests a concern for/interest in environmental issues and sustainable hospitality.
Through its part in the Planet 21 initiative, Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile has a played a role in numerous environmental successes—its sustainable hospitality accomplishments include a variety of notable achievements. Here guests are encouraged to reuse their towels and linens—and for each guest that opts to cut down on their housekeeping services, the resulting savings are used to finance the planting of trees all across the globe; Accor Hotels currently funds the planting of trees at a rate of one tree planted per minute of the day. All rooms are cleaned using as little water as possible, as well as a mix of “eco-certified” clean products. All complimentary in-room bath products are also 100% “eco-certified.” Likewise, in its restaurants Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile makes a point of using locally sourced foods either grown in their kitchen garden or harvested right nearby in the city. They make a point of striving to reduce all food waste, and they never serve any number of “overfished species.”