Godfrey Grows Up

Image courtesy of the Godfrey Hotel Chicago.

Image courtesy of the Godfrey Hotel Chicago.

The transformation of the half-built-then-abandoned Staybridge Suites into the chic boutique Godfrey Hotel (127 West Huron Street) has reached a milestone:  The construction site is now safe enough to bring the media through on a tour.

The Godfrey’s public relations company organized such a tour yesterday for local scribes and when we received our invitation, of course we replied with an excited, “Sure!”  Then we looked at iCal and had to say, “Well, crap.  Maybe next time.”

So while other obligations kept us from bringing you insight into the current status of the project, and more photos than a sorority Instagram party, here are the fact sheet that was distributed during the tour, along with the current drawings of the project.  Enjoy!


George Jordan

Jermaine Anderson

Adam Schomaker

Matthew McCahill

Opening February 2014 in Chicago’s art gallery district of River North, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago will offer a 16-story hotel with more than 200 guestrooms featuring modern luxury accommodations. With a Cubist-influenced, industrial façade and marble-clad, elliptical-shaped hotel lobby, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago mirrors the eclectic, chic surroundings of the River North art scene. The hotel’s fourth floor features I|O Urban Roofscape, approximately 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space with 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, presenting sweeping views of the Chicago skyline to the south. “Our location evokes a sense of intrigue with our guests from the instant they see our building,” Director of Sales and Marketing Adam Schomaker says. “We carefully considered each detail within the hotel to set this tone of exploration while at the same time offering attentive hospitality and contemporary yet comfortable accommodations.”
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago is a hotel project of Oxford 127 Huron Hotel Venture Property Company, LLC, an Oxford Capital Group, LLC-led venture that includes Cube Capital, a $1.3 billion global alternatives investment manager.

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago showcases a striking, modern exterior designed by Chicago-based architecture firm Valerio Dewalt Train, who conceived the design as a taut wrapping of Cubist forms that shift inward and outward to reveal the building’s expressive structural frame. Guests get their first glimpse of the hotel’s contemporary interiors, concepted by Gettys Design Group Chicago, upon entering the sleek, white marble lobby. This spacious area includes a recessed ceiling; spherical, central lighting fixture; alcove and structural seating; and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Located in the lobby as well as the fourth-floor lounge area, custom-designed digital touchscreen concierge boards offer guests an opportunity to retrieve up-to-date information on weather, shopping, flights, events around town, and more. This service can send the information directly to a guest’s smartphone for a digital concierge on-the-go. The entire property also offers complimentary high-speed WiFi in all guestrooms and public spaces.

The 221 luxury accommodations include 182 spacious Guest Rooms, 12 Executive King rooms, and 27 One-Bedroom Godfrey Suites–all with a stylized design that features calming tones and textiles juxtaposition with impactful uses of spot color and contemporary built-in furnishings. Additional room features include a 46-inch HD LED television, plush bathrobes, L’Occitane bath products, large work station, wet bar, iHome docking station, and more. In addition to RFID key cards for guest safety, each guestroom also utilizes an InnCom system to monitor room temperatures, electricity, and lighting. Guests can also control their televisions via their smart phones and access flight information from the television as well.
In addition to a 24-hour Fitness Center, guests can enjoy spa treatments in the two private treatments rooms at Spa∙Boutique or receive massage and facial services from licensed professionals from the comfort of their room or suite. Services include 30- to 120-minute massages for individuals or couples, Pure Results and Skin Fitness facials, and more.

In addition to a full-service restaurant located on the first floor of the hotel adjacent to the lobby, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago offers on the fourth floor 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, with 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, at I|O Urban Roofscape. The restaurant transitions seamlessly from hosting corporate daytime meetings to after-work happy hours and late-night lounging. In addition to having the largest year-round outdoor lounge and bar space in Chicago, I|O Urban Roofscape also offers dramatic, south-facing skyline views. “While other retractable rooftops require support beams that can obstruct views, I|O Urban Roofscape’s distinctive design retracts from the top and corner supports, allowing guests to experience an extraordinary panorama of the city, all the while enjoying I|O Urban Roofscape’s innovative takes on Chicago’s favorite foods and chef-inspired cocktails,” says Matthew McCahill, director of food and beverage at The Godfrey.
I|O Urban Roofscape offers two full-service bars and lounge seating at the roofscape’s two-level fire pit. Juxtaposing the fire pit, I|O Urban Roofscape’s water wall feature and modern, stingray-inspired cabana canopies also provide nods to the elements. A customizable LED video wall, free WiFi, a green room for talent, and superior sound and lighting system make this space the ideal venue for DJs, live music performances, and private events.
I|O Urban Roofscape also serves as the premier destination in River North for private events with more than 1,500 square feet of space perfect for everything from corporate daytime meetings to wedding receptions. An intimate, interior VIP room accommodates 36 guests for a private reception, while a separate indoor event space, Truss, can host 100 seated guests or 150 standing guests. Portico, an exterior space on the east side of the rooftop, offers outdoor meeting and event capabilities. When combined, the exterior and interior spaces can accommodate weddings and private events for up to 300 guests.

Starting at $159/night

The hotel is taking reservations for February 1, 2014 on at: www.godfreyhotelchicago.com

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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