Plans to open The Godfrey Hotel Chicago in 2013 were announced recently by Oxford 127 Huron Hotel Venture Property Company LLC, an Oxford Capital Group LLC-led venture with Cube Capital, a $1.3 billion global alternatives investment manager. Situated at 127 W. Huron St. in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, the 16-story upper upscale lifestyle hotel is adjacent to the Hotel Felix Chicago, another project led by Oxford. The new ownership acquired title to the partially complete property through an amicable deed in lieu of foreclosure from the prior developer earlier this year.
The independent, full-service hotel will include 221 rooms, with 194 studio suites and 27 one-bedroom suites with views of the city skyline from all directions. Amenities will include a chef-driven restaurant and lobby bar and a 12,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge and conference space accented with water elements, fire pits and greenery. This venue will allow for flexible indoor/outdoor events ranging from small corporate board meetings to social dinners and weddings of up to 150 guests, or receptions for 400 or more. Additional features include a spa, 24-hour fitness center, two floors of parking, free Wi-Fi, and state-of-the-art-technology.
The Godfrey Hotel is an iconic modern structure designed by Chicago-based Valerio Dewalt Train.
The interiors, designed by Gettys Design Group Chicago, reflect the building’s architecture with a unique interplay of strong geometric forms and the impactful use of color. Guests will be welcomed into a marble-clad, elliptical lobby punctuated by sculptural seating groups and floor-to-ceiling windows. The fixtures and forms create an uplifting effect, inspiring guests and drawing them up to the expansive lounge and rooftop terrace. Here, skyline views form a backdrop to a creatively energized bar and fun, comfortable spaces, including dark polished stone, rich custom carpet, sculptural lighting and upholstered seating. The guestrooms on the upper floors offer comfortable, functional style with contemporary built-in furnishings and top-quality bedding.
Just a few blocks from the front door is Michigan Avenue’s famed Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, the Theatre District, Millennium Park, and the Loop business and financial center. In the immediate vicinity, guests will also find art galleries, shops, nightlife, some of Chicago’s most popular restaurants, and a growing concentration of high-tech companies. The property also affords guests easy access to freeways and mass transit.
The Godfrey Hotel is expected to create 100 permanent jobs and more than 200 construction jobs as well as generate tens of millions of dollars in tax revenues to the various taxing bodies over its first five years of operation.