With an on-site spa, a good fitness room, a hopping night scene and an excellent restaurant, the Godfry packs in the kind of amenities one usually expects at a Ritz Carlton-priced hotel for very reasonable rates. Add to that decor that is at once comfortable and cutting-edge chic (think: overly wide armchairs for curling up with a book, moody slate blue walls with quality art on them, swank bath products in the all-stone bathrooms) and beds that would make goldilocks swoon—not too hard, not too soft, they combine a nice firm under-mattress with a cushy, but not too thick, pillowtop. So why two stars rather than three? Well, the hotel's made a few small mistakes that undercut the comfort here. First off, each room comes with a chic metal mini-fridge that looks good but periodically (and usually in the middle of the night) emits VERY loud sounds. I think the problem is the interaction of the metal cladding with the machine's mechanics, but when ornery, it sounded like someone dragging a violin bow over a heating vent (my second night I finally figured out what the source of the noise was and unplugged the darn thing). Secondly, and just as disturbing to sleep, the room features a lot of lights that can't be turned off at bedtime—a bright side-table clock and electronic wall panels controlling all the lights in the room. Those who like a dark room when they sleep will be disappointed. Still, I've encountered worse—and at places where the price is double, and the staff is half as nice. Overall, this is a top pick for Chicago.
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
22 West Huron Street
Our Rating Neighborhood River North Transportation Red Line to Chicago and State Phone 855/649-2200 Prices Doubles range from $109—$299 Amenities Room service, restaurant, bar/night club, room service, spa, fitness room, free Wi-Fi Web site The Godfrey Hotel ChicagoBook a Room Now
Map22 West Huron Street Chicago
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