Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Voted Best New Building in Chicago by American Institute of Architects

    CHICAGO, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, the North
 American flagship property for Sofitel, the prestige brand of Accor hotels,
 has been chosen by the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects
 as the "best new building in Chicago in the last ten years."  The hotel is
 located at 20 E. Chestnut, at the intersection of Chestnut and Wabash streets.
 Designed by award-winning Paris-based architect Jean-Paul Viguier, the
 stunning 350,000-square-foot, prism-shaped structure was chosen by 338 of
 Chicago's finest architects as one of the city's most outstanding achievements
 in architecture.
     With its geometric simplicity, attention to detail and careful
 orchestration of materials, the striking glass triangular tower displays a
 majestic presence, thrusting forward over the street and narrowing as it
 rises.  Two prominent facades with exposures facing east and southwest allow
 for substantial natural light.  Adding to the building's refinement is its
 exterior of horizontal cladding of opaque and visible glass in dynamic
 interaction with its verticality.
     "Accor chose architect Jean-Paul Viguier from a number of applicants to
 lead this one-of-a-kind project," said Sofitel Chicago Water Tower's General
 Manager Patrick Filatre.  "With Chicago's history of renowned architecture, we
 are proud to have made a significant contribution to the city's striking and
 awe-inspiring skyline."
     Mr. Viguier was selected for the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower project in
 1998, during a design competition judged by top Accor executives and several
 outside consultants.  His entry was chosen for its design that best
 complemented the hotel's exceptional surroundings.  Mr. Viguier graduated from
 Harvard University with a Master of City Planning in Urban Design, 1973
 Graduate School of Design.  Mr. Viguier appointed the Chicago-based
 architectural firm Teng & Associates to assist on the project with engineering
 services.
     Sofitel Chicago Water Tower features: 32 floors of 415 elegantly-appointed
 guest rooms, including 30 Deluxe Executive Rooms, 32 Deluxe Suites and one
 Presidential Suite, each with a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline or
 Lake Michigan; 10,000 square feet of meeting room and banquet space; Cafe des
 Architectes, a first-class restaurant; Le Bar, a chic meeting place; state-of-
 the-art fitness center; and Le Petit Bijou gift boutique.
     Sofitel Chicago Water Tower complements an existing portfolio of 10
 Sofitel hotels in North America, including:  New York, Washington DC,
 Philadelphia, Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco Bay, Houston,
 Minneapolis and Montreal.
     To reserve a stay at any Sofitel hotel or resort, call 1-800-SOFITEL
 (763-4835), visit http://www.sofitel.com or http://www.accorhotels.com .  To
 reserve a stay at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, please call (312) 324-4000
 or visit http://www.sofitel.com .
 
     *Photography available upon request.
 
     Throughout the course of the last four years, Sofitel has become a
 benchmark for brand expansion in the luxury hotel market with the prestigious
 openings of Sofitel New York, Sofitel Paris Bercy, Sofitel Tokyo, Sofitel St.
 James London, Sofitel Palm Beach Marseille, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower,
 Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington D.C., Sofitel Marrakech, Sofitel Silom
 Bangkok, Sofitel Montreal , Sofitel Buenos Aires, Sofitel Budapest, Sofitel
 Nicolas de Ovando (Dominican Republic), Sofitel Boao, Sofitel Chengdu and
 Sofitel Jin Jiang Oriental Pudong Shanghai in China.
     The strategic development of the brand continues into 2004 with a number
 of new properties, including, amongst others, Sydney (Australia), Venice
 (Italy), Marbella (Spain), and 6 new addresses in China including Sofitel
 Royal Lagoon Dongguan (facing Hong Kong) and Sofitel Grand Park Hefei (North
 East of Shanghai).
     More than 20 Dorint Sofitel hotels are enriching the Sofitel network with
 new addresses in the major cities and the leading holiday resorts in Germany,
 Netherlands, Austria and Spain (Balearic Islands).
     All these openings strengthen the presence of Sofitel, which stands out
 with its French "art de vivre" that can be felt in each hotel around the
 world; through its decor, art work, uniforms created by Jean-Charles de
 Castelbajac, and the cuisine.
     Sofitel is the prestige brand of Accor hotels, with more than 180
 properties that bring a unique French "art de vivre" to prime locations around
 the world.
     With 150,000 people in 140 countries, Accor is the European leader and one
 of the world's largest groups in travel, tourism and corporate services, with
 two major international activities:
 
     - hotels: nearly 4,000 hotels (more than 450,000 rooms) in 90 countries,
       casinos, travel agencies, and restaurants;
     - services to corporate clients and public institutions: 14 million people
       in 34 countries use a broad range of services (food vouchers, people
       care and services, incentive, loyalty programs, events) engineered and
       managed by Accor.
 
 

SOURCE Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

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