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This is excellent news. We just got word that Soho House Chicago will open in August. Last time we dished on this exclusive, London-based chain we expounded on the coolness of West Loop location. Here are some more details about the property:
There will be a scant 40 guest rooms (told you it was exclusive) on the building's third and fourth floors. The rooms, a press release tell us, will be "comfortable" and "airy," and they'll have rainforest showers and products from Cowshed. Rates start at $160, and bookings will be available this spring.
The Godfrey, slated for late 2014, will be Boston's next grand opening
There’s a spate of hotel developments afoot in the Hub. But according to a recent report released by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the next hotel opening to hit the city will be The Godfrey in late 2014.
The property comes from the same team behind the just-opened Godfrey in Chicago, a Cubist-influenced building that, to those of us without art history degrees, could also be described as “Jenga chic.”
March 1 is shaping up to be a big day on the Chicago hotel scene. That's the day not one, not two, but three historic hotels will unveil major renovations. But it's not exactly a coincidence.
The California-based Broughton Hotels owns all of the European-style hotels that got the makeovers. The Majestic Hotel in Lakeview, The Willows Hotel in Lincoln Park, and Lakeview's City Suites Chicago were all originally built in the 1920s, and all are relatively wee-sized. City Suites, the smallest has 45 rooms while The Willows is the largest with 55 rooms, and the Majestic Hotel has 52 rooms.
AF Canta, a Cali-based design firm, cooked up the concept for the renovation, which saw similar updates at each property. Each hotel has new lobby furnishings, lighting, window treatments, linens, carpeting, and artwork. The guest rooms have also been modernized with iHome docks, and all of the hotels have fiber optic internet.
If you're not caught up on Chicago weather, here's what you missed this past winter: horrifically low temperatures, dizzying amounts of snow, and foggy rain to wash it all down. Nothing sounds better than a little taste of summertime right now, so it's lucky that two Chicago hotels are serving up heaping portions of classic picnic fare.
TheWit Hotel may have just launched a super-health-conscious new menu, but chef Evan Percoco understands that we all need a little fried chicken from time to time. His first-floor restaurant State & Lake has just introduced "Fried Chicken Sundays." Good for your soul (if not for your heart), the menu includes two sizes of buckets stuffed with fried chicken and biscuits; there are also growlers, or big old beer jugs, on offer.
It looks like these three idiots are now on the Trump Chicago's blacklist. Heck, maybe they should be on every hotel's blacklist.
According to The Chicago Sun-Times, a trio of suburbanites (LOL) stopped by the hotel's 16th-floor bar on Saturday night. They had one drink, but appeared so intoxicated the bartender didn't think it fit to serve them a second round. So, they went to get a few cups of coffee and sober up, right? Wrong.
The three gentlemen proceeded to a stairwell and turned on the water valve—surely proving they were sober enough for another drink, right? The water valve, which shoots out 250 gallons of water a minute, caused $700,000 worth of damage to the property's elevators, marble flooring, and walls and ceilings. But there's a happy ending: all three of these charmers, who range in age from 24 to 25, were charged with criminal damages.
Fortunately, nothing seemed amiss on social media or on TripAdvisor, leading us to think the issues were probably hidden well from guests. Indeed, CBS News reported that it was largely the parking structure's elevators that were affected and not the regular guest elevators. But still, #neveragain drunk dudes. Never again.
[Photo: Trump Chicago/Facebook]
Now, this is a great sign for the upcoming Virgin Hotel Chicago, opening in September--the hotel just named their general manager.
Anna Anderson brings more than 25 years of hotel management experience to Virgin, having worked most recently at the Mosaic Hotel and the Maison 140 Hotel in Beverly Hills. She's also worked in the midwest before, at the motorcycle-themed Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee. So should Sir Richard Branson want to arrive in Chicago on his hog, she'll know what to do.
Virgin Hotels CEO, Raul Leal, had this to say about Anderson:
"Anna's innate ability to motivate her team to consistently deliver high levels of customer service made her the ideal candidate to lead the opening of our first property."
We love that she's wearing Virgin red in her photo too.
According to the Chicago Biz Journal, The Virgin Hotel Chicago will have 250 guest rooms, 40 one bedroom suites and 2 "rock star suites." Say what? This Virgin sure knows how to keep us hanging on.
[Photos: HotelChatter and Chicago Business Journal]
Along with showcasing local fare (hello, Eli's Cheesecake), the new Godfrey Hotel seems committed to putting local design talent in the spotlight. Chicago designer Anastasia Chatzka was tasked with stitching up the women's uniforms for the new River North property—and yep, she got a little Cubist on her sketch board.
"The uniforms were inspired by the hotel's decor," Chatzka told us. "I sat down with the interior design company when the hotel was being built, and made sure I had a strong understanding of the direction they were looking to go." Chatzka says she was given "an open palette" and creative freedom in the design process, and she was inspired by the hotel's "masculine edge."
The W Chicago City Center hosted an early Valentine's Day bash on Tuesday night in their new Extreme Wow (or "EWow") Suite, which is different from any other suite in a few ways.
First: it has Space Invaders. That's right— just off the entrance, a small arcade area houses throwback games. As for the rest?
The 22nd-floor suite, which opened quietly in August, spans 1,500 square feet. In a made-for-entertaining living room area, a serpentine couch is topped with fuzzy throws and jewel-hued pillows; there's also a 55-inch TV and a high-top bar with seating for four. On the night we stopped by, the hotel's in-house mixologist Lauren Parton was whipping up personalized "love potion" sips behind the bar; we hear she works her magic, and can even lead demos, at all types of private W functions.
In the bedroom, a king-size bed is topped with 350-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. A corner dressing salon—kind of perfect for bridal parties— has two, floor-to-ceiling mirrored wardrobes, a vanity desk with an illuminated oval mirror, and a three-way dressing mirror.
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At this point, Chicagoans are so over winter (and we still have 40 days to go.) Local spas are rising to the occasion with new treatments that do more than just pamper. If you're not down for swimming laps, check out these three services that combine plush bathrobes and tranquil settings with serums, gels, and rituals meant to clear bad energy. Let the healing begin.
CHUAN SPA AT LANGHAM CHICAGO can give you a fresh start to the year, if you have three hours—and $525—to spare. Available through February 28, The Chinese New Year Rejuvenation Package includes a bamboo-and-seasame body buff, a ginger-wasabi detox body wrap, and a massage that incorporates an orchid-and-pearl cream. Afterwards, try fresh fruits pair fresh fruits paried with soothing teas during the Chuan Signature Elemental Tea Service. Guests leave with a personalized Chinese New Year Fortune.
Done talking about the polar vortex? We are, too. Instead, let's discuss ways we can make it feel more like summer, even in Chicago, even in February. These five hotels have impressive indoor pools that are ready to host impromptu pool parties this very weekend. Dive right into our list, below.
THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHICAGO This Mag Mile property has a famously gorgeous Junior Olympic pool that's jazzed up with Spanish tiles and an ornate fountain. There are even poolside yoga classes held regularly. Rates start at $179 a night.
While we may have had a brief glimpse the other week at what the social spaces of the upcoming Virgin Hotel in Chicago might look like, (before the illustrations were swiftly pulled from the internet) we still have a while to wait before we can actually stay there.
After pushing back a Fall 2013 opening to a Spring opening before pushing it back again to this summer, it now looks like the Virgin will open in September, according to an interview Virgin CEO Raul Lea gave to Hotels Mag. So what's the hold-up? It looks like the historic building, the former Dearborn Bank, is giving Virgin some issues:
“It has been a slow process with so many historic building considerations, but we have uncovered some great things like 30-foot ceilings on the second floor,” Leal said, adding that he expects the hotel to be Chicago’s rate leader in the lifestyle segment.
The good news is that Virgin is still at work on a hotel for NYC which will break ground in um, 2016. Hopefully, the Virgin Chicago will keep us busy before then. Virgin will also make announcements soon on two new locations. We're guessing Miami and London but then again, the last time we made a guess, it didn't turn out so well for us.
Let's see... where did we leave off with The Godfrey Hotel? Last time we discussed what was going to be inside the River North property, it was October. And there have been some big updates since then like the hotel contest you can actually win. Also, the hotel opens tomorrow on February 1.
That's right: the 16-story, cubist-inspired property will fling open its doors to actual guests. Inside, there's free WiFi everywhere, an elliptical lobby decked in marble, a full-service restaurant, and a small spa. The 221 guest rooms come stocked with bathrobes (we had to check), L'Occitaine bath products, and high-tech features that sound, well, fun. Let's just say: Should you wish to use your smartphone as a TV controller, you're all set.