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Preview the Sleek Designs of The Godfrey Hotel Chicago Before its February Grand Opening
Designed by Chicago-based firm Valerio Dewalt Train, the hotel is the first staggered steel truss building in Chicago. "We conceived of the hotel's design as a taut wrapping of cubist forms that shift inward and outward to reveal the building's expressive structural frame,” says architect David Jennerjahn. “The sleek and modern design is unique and vaguely familiar of the iconic bridges along the Chicago river.”
Designed by Gettys Design Group Chicago, the upscale property is influenced by its energetic River North neighborhood, also known as the “gallery district” with its large concentration of local artists and a burgeoning scene of local restaurants, nightclubs, and residential buildings. With the hotel’s tagline of “Discover Your Element” in mind, the hotel’s modern interior design elements pay homage to the elements with natural woods and stone portals, contrasted against brushed metals, textured walls, bold lighting fixtures and strong geometries.
Guests get their first glimpse of the hotel’s contemporary interiors with the minimalist oval lobby. The sleek white marble, recessed ceiling and spherical, central lighting fixture creates an uplifting effect, while the alcove and structural seating areas and floor-to-ceiling windows allow the space to feel open and inviting. The name Godfrey is of European origin with the meaning “peace” and “welcome” to travelers, and so guests are greeted with warm wooden tones and transition circles to the hotel’s elevators.
One of the top design features of the hotel will be found at I|O Urban Roofscape, a dramatic 15,000-square-foot fourth-floor indoor/outdoor urban roofscape. The space offers 10,000 square feet of lounge and event space with sweeping south-facing skyline views which are unobstructed due to the streamlined design of the hotel’s retractable roof.
Inside, the 221 private accommodations include 182 guest rooms, 12 executive king rooms, and 27 one-bedroom suites. Each guest room features a sleek, minimalist design with a purple and grey color palate. Luxurious white linens accent a textured tan leather bench at the end of each bed. A large, sitting chair pulls out into a sleeper, custom lamps are a prominent design feature, and a full-length mirror doubles as a closet.
Managed by Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC, The Godfrey represents the beginning of a new brand “as a new concept in the upper upscale hotel market,” says Gettys Principal Michael Maurer.