CHICAGO—Conrad Chicago, a 20-story luxury hotel, opened here today. Located steps from Magnificent Mile, the redesign of the former Draft FCB corporate office building into the luxury hotel represents the vision of hotelier Laurence Geller, international design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon and hospitality design firm Puccini Group.
The property features 287 guestrooms, including 24 suites with two hospitality suites. The hotel has 10,000 sq. ft. of conference and event facilities equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and three restaurants conceptualized by Chef Richard Sandoval: Baptiste & Bottle, Noyane and Il Tavolino.
“The team at Conrad Chicago has worked tirelessly to create what will be a hotel that will truly inspire guests,” said Kelly Vohs, general manager, Conrad Chicago. “In partnership with Geller Capital Partners and Wanxiang America Real Estate Group, we were presented with an opportunity to build a luxury hotel that appeals to today’s worldly traveler in a way that other hotels in the city don’t, or perhaps, can’t.”
“We are excited to expand the Conrad Hotels & Resorts portfolio to include this property in Chicago, which will re-energize the city with its stunning design, innovative restaurants and smart guestrooms,” said John Vanderslice, global head, Conrad Hotels & Resorts.
When designing Conrad Chicago, Pierre-Yves Rochon kept both global and local inspirations in mind. Contemporary simplicity was drawn from architectural visionaries such as Warren Platner and Mies van der Rohe to subtly reflect 1960s and 1970s modernism, incorporating the architectural heritage and art scene of the Windy City, according to the firm. Design elements and details include deep red leather accents, bronze finishes and beech wood as well as millwork details. The lobby screen wall projects imagery from Conrad Hotels & Resorts locations around the world. The hotel is also decorated with mid-century modern works of art inspired by famed artists such as Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, and Donald Judd.
In the lobby is Inoca, a sculpture by British studio Haberdashery, which references leaves caught in a Lake Michigan breeze, offering a reference to the “Windy City.” The sculpture can first be viewed upon entrance into the hotel’s atrium space before it ascends to the hotel sky lobby on the 20th floor. Displaying 1,300 fine bone China leaves, the form appears to be floating in front of the two-story, floor-to-ceiling windows with the Chicago Skyline as a backdrop.
The hotel’s 10 multi-functional meeting rooms, have 360-degree views, natural light and state-of-the-art technology. In partnership with Social Tables, Conrad Chicago will be delivering custom 3D imaging of the meeting spaces for guests to view before booking the space.
The 287 guestrooms and suites have leather wall accents and tones of red and gold with black granite entryways and floor-to-ceiling windows. Large bathrooms with freestanding marble tubs feature views of the skyline and are decorated with gold fixtures and modern artwork. The residential-style accommodations and guestroom layout also include keyless entry, a refrigerator, 96-in. oversized bed, 65-in. flat screen TV and smart lighting.
Conrad Chicago offers texting services to increase the speed of communication between guests and hotel staff, as well as the Conrad Concierge App, an integrated app allowing access to all of the services available at the hotel. The hotel will showcase a private Fisker luxury house car offering complimentary drop-off service within a two-mile radius.
The Puccini Group, a restaurant group, helped bring each of the three restaurant concepts envisioned by Chef Sandoval to life: On the ground floor is Il Tavolino; on the 20th floor is Baptiste & Bottle and slated to open Summer 2017 is Noyane, the hotel’s Japanese restaurant located on the rooftop.