Four Recent Revamps in Gateway Cities

NATIONAL REPORT—Big-city hotels are getting a fresh new look, with the addition of upgraded amenities and luxury aesthetics to help to foster a stay that is appealing and engaging.

Newly Reimagined W Washington DC Debuts

Revelry versus rivalry is what’s in store at the newly renovated W Washington DC. Officially unveiled, the Beaux Arts landmark located a stone’s throw from The White House completed a $50-million floor-to-rooftop redesign. Led by famed architecture and interior design firm Studio GAIA, alongside the W brand’s design team, the remodeling of W Washington DC infuses energy and cutting-edge design into a historic hotel that has been at the epicenter of the city’s social and political scene for over 100 years.

An homage to the city’s many iconic memorials that utilize water, a sleek waterfall greets guests upon entry, canceling the street noise and transporting them into the W experience. The Welcome Desk features large glass columns which pull from the surrounding architecture and in a more tongue-in-cheek nod, political cartoons referring freedom of speech by artist Amit Greenberg are wrapped around the desks of each Welcome Desk pod.

In LA, The Ritz Gets a Revamp

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles has begun a highly anticipated hotel enhancement, the largest in the property’s 10-year history. The renovation will feature a full redesign of the hotel lobby and extend to all of the hotel’s 123 guestrooms and suites, corridors, and the Club Lounge. Under the direction of Rottet Studio, the new design will celebrate the current renaissance of downtown Los Angeles while paying homage to the lavish spirit of the city’s Golden Age. Style will cultivate classic Art Deco references with modern design touches.

Renovation Underway for Chicago Marriott Schaumburg

Chicago Marriott Schaumburg, 50 N. Martingale Rd., Schaumburg, has officially begun a $22-million renovation, with an expected completion date of August. The property is elegantly updated to revitalize the guest experience from check-in to checkout with reimagined meeting spaces and a transformed lobby with a revolutionary Great Room. Chicago Marriott Schaumburg also includes a new MClub Lounge, fully remodeled indoor and outdoor pools, refreshed restaurant and bar with an elevated food and beverage menu, innovative and new guestrooms and health club.

Hilton Chicago Northbrook Completes Renovation

Hilton Chicago Northbrook, located at 2855 Milwaukee Ave., has recently unveiled phase one of a multimillion-dollar renovation, which introduces a refreshed look to its 20,000 sq. ft. of flexible function space and 249 guestrooms. Phase two of the renovation is set to take place in early 2020 and will include a complete revamp of the property’s restaurants, Allgauer’s on the Riverfront and Frank’s Place. The inspiration for the restoration, completed by the Lynn Rosenberg Design team, focuses on developing a modern aesthetic while maintaining the historic roots of the North Shore hotel.

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