The Cubist Godfrey Hotel Provides A Modern Lodging For River North Guests

The Godfrey Hotel

Look across the Chicago skyline and you often see century-old buildings sitting side-by-side with new structures. Architecturally, they couldn’t look farther apart. But that’s what makes the cityscape here so interesting. Every era and popular design leaves its mark.

The Godfrey HotelThe Godfrey Hotel Chicago at 127 West Huron Street is a good example. The hotel, which opened in early 2014, exhibits a modern, cubist style. It was one of the newer structures on display during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2014 Open House Chicago.

Valerio Dewalt Train and Gettys Design Group developed the unique style of the River North hotel. The design mixes an interesting combination of natural woods contrasted against brushed metals and textured walls.

The oval lobby is minimalist, with white marble, a recessed ceiling and a spherical, central lighting fixture. As you walk through the hotel, more geometric designs become focal points.

A 15,000 square foot indoor/outdoor urban roofscape offers guests dramatic views and canopied lounge areas. In keeping with the modernist theme, the deck includes a retractable roof, allowing the hotel to take advantage of the ever-changing weather.

The hotel has 221 rooms, each of which feature the same sleek, minimalist design as the public areas.

Location: 127 West Huron Street, River North



Author: Bill Motchan

Bill Motchan is a writer and photographer, and a former resident of the West Loop. He can be reached at

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