When you check in to The Godfrey Hotel in Chicago, you're handed a few little square paper packets with your room key. They're called "Elements."
To "Discover your Element," you open them up and find quotes like "To do great important tasks, two things are necessary: a plan and not quite enough time."
It's one of the things that contributes to the hip vibe at this chic hotel in Chicago's near north side neighborhood. So does the building's unique and modern block-styled architecture.
The IO rooftop bar at The Godfrey Hotel in Chicago — Photo courtesy of Jamie Bartosch
The hotel's location in the River North neighborhood is not really near any major tourist attractions, but it's close to trendy restaurants, bars and boutiques. Most of the downtown tourist attractions are a quick 10-minute cab ride away (or about a 30-minute walk).
That's why The Godfrey Hotel draws more young, beautiful guests and business travelers rather than tourists or families.
The contemporary, minimalist design of the building and the lobby carries into the huge rooms. A standard room – designed in a modern black, grey and white color scheme – is really more like a large suite.
There are two flatscreen TVs, one in a little living room area with its own couch and high-tech sound system.
Alongside the comfortable desk is a window view of the adjacent Rock N Roll McDonald's (a downtown Chicago landmark), and at night, you'll also see the pretty, sparkling light from the skyline of nearby highrises.
The exterior of The Godfrey Hotel in Chicago — Photo courtesy of Jamie Bartosch
The room doesn't have a minibar – just a can of Red Bull, a bottle of premium vodka and fancy bottled water for purchase (along with some complimentary fruit and mixed nuts).
A swanky, nice place to have a before- or after-dinner cocktail is The Godfrey's fourth-floor "rooftop" bar IO, where sexy waitresses who look like models serve outstanding premium cocktails on a swanky outdoor patio.
The lit-up city skyline serves as the backdrop, while guests enjoy a festive atmosphere alongside the firepit and video wall. In bad weather (Remember: This is Chicago.), you can still be out at IO under the retractable glass roof.
The bar's upscale food menu is hit or miss. Skip the touted and pricey "lamb lollichops," and go instead for the delicious beet salad.
Chicago's hotel restaurants are among the best in the city, and there's been a lot of positive buzz about The Godfrey's new restaurant Dolce Italian, where they do upscale versions of Italian classics, like meatballs and pizzas. Their trademark dish? Veal Milanese.
For more information, visit The Godfrey Hotel's website.
The beet salad at IO in The Godfrey Hotel — Photo courtesy of Jamie Bartosch