SAN FRANCISCO—Commune Hotels & Resorts has taken over the management of two new properties under its Joie de Vivre Hotels brand—The Talbott Hotel in Chicago and The Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, DC—and is preparing for the conversion of the former Rault Center in New Orleans into a 184-room boutique hotel, set to open next fall and join the rapidly-expanding, native California brand.
“Creating a presence in these exciting and diverse cities has been a goal of ours,” said Niki Leondakis, CEO, Commune Hotels & Resorts. “Chicago, Washington, DC and New Orleans are cities that embody the vibrancy of Joie de Vivre Hotels, are popular with our loyal customers, and are perfectly aligned with our expansion plans for the JdV brand.”
The 16-story, 149-room Talbott Hotel, located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, is owned and being repositioned by Wanxiang America Real Estate Group, Geolo Capital and Sterling Bay. Plans for the hotel include a six-month renovation beginning in spring 2016. Chicago-based real estate investment and development company Sterling Bay will be leading the multimillion dollar project, which will encompass all of the property’s guestrooms and suites, as well as public spaces. Additionally, a new retail concept and cafe bar with outdoor seating will be introduced.
Located between Capitol Hill and Union Station, The Liaison Capitol Hill is Commune’s first Joie de Vivre Hotels property in the nation’s capital and largest in the brand’s portfolio, with 343 rooms. Close to all the historic landmarks and attractions DC has to offer, the property is owned by LaSalle Hotel Properties. It offers a rooftop pool and lounge and is home to Art and Soul, the restaurant of two-time James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Art Smith. The property’s guestrooms feature custom-designed beds and modern furnishings. Additional in-room amenities include a business workspace, iPod docking station and flat screen TVs. Citrus Sandalwood custom-scented bath amenities by Jonathan Adler will be introduced at the hotel, a new Joie de Vivre Hotels brand standard. The hotel’s 17,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event space includes seven newly renovated rooms. Rounding out the hotel’s offerings are complimentary bicycles, a 24-hour gym and six-choice pillow menu.
The 16-story Joie de Vivre hotel in New Orleans, owned by Connecticut-based Slumber Corners, is located in the Central Business District near New Orleans’ French Quarter. Originally an office building, San Francisco-based interior design firm Paletteur, will renew the property with a mid-century modern design and hints of New Orleans’ heritage in the finishes and details. Recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, the property will be within walking distance of many of the city’s famed districts. Highlights of the hotel will include a ground-floor signature restaurant and a grand staircase, which will connect the lobby to a second-floor mezzanine lounge and meeting rooms, and a 3,200-sq.-ft. rooftop bar.
The Joie de Vivre Hotels brand will continue to expand nationally with the debut in 2016 of a new 22-story, 229-room Joie de Vivre hotel in New York City. Located on the Bowery, near Manhattan Bridge at the crossroads of Chinatown, Nolita, the Lower East Side and East Tribeca, the new construction will incorporate historic elements into a contemporary design and feature a cellar lounge and rooftop bar.