Physically towering over the city of Chicago, and inspirationally across the globe, the long-awaited St. Regis Chicago has opened its doors to guests. The 101-storey tower is notably the tallest building in the world designed by a female architect, American Jeanne Gang.
Considered an architectural marvel, the hotel is the first in the US Midwest for Marriott’s St. Regis brand, and vows a new viewpoint on sophisticated dining, bespoke service, and avant-garde design in the heart of downtown Chicago.
Making its own mark on the city’s cultural landscape, the St. Regis Chicago features a unique and distinctive design composed of an interconnected series of stacked, frustum-shapes that move rhythmically in and out of plane and extend to various heights. The tower’s crystalline form was inspired by nature with its facets of a shimmering gem and its gradient of green-blue glass that reflects the colors of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.
The hotel features 159 luxurious guestrooms and 33 suites across 11 floors. Rooms offer a palette of natural stone and wood finishes designed to create a connection to nature, juxtaposing its minimalistic beauty with a one-of-kind urban backdrop of skyline views.
All guests will also enjoy signature St. Regis Butler Service, a hallmark of the brand for more than a century, which presents personalized offerings like garment pressing and packing services.
Interiors for multiple public-facing areas of the hotel, along with the Presidential Suite and The St. Regis Spa, drawing inspiration from Chicago’s rich architectural history. Throughout the hotel’s public areas, spa, and Presidential Suite, metallic materials and colours, such as copper and rust, are interwoven with geometric, angular lines, offering a nod to The Great Chicago Fire and the city’s geographic interconnectivity of waterways, buildings, and green spaces.
Located in the gentile Lakeshore East neighbourhood, the hotel present easy access to the Chicago River and is a short walk from cultural landmarks such as Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the famed Magnificent Mile, as well as shopping and dining.
Amenities include two dining experiences: Miru, an all-day Japanese dining venue on the 11th floor, and a Tuscan steak (and pasta) house to open in the fall, as well as The Drawing Room and Library lounge areas where guests can experience three signature St. Regis brand rituals, including Afternoon Tea, evening Champagne Sabrage, and the hotel’s unique Chicago-inspired twist on the brand’s signature libation, the Bloody Mary.
Meanwhile, the St. Regis Spa commands 1,100 sq. m. of the expansive Wellness Floor, fitness centre, outdoor sundeck, yoga studio and a heated indoor pool offers stunning views of the city and Lake Michigan.
“The debut of The St. Regis Chicago signals a significant milestone for the St. Regis brand as we grow our footprint in the United States and celebrate our first property in the American Midwest,” says George Fleck, VP and Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “We are proud to open our doors in Chicago, an energetic and dynamic city that, like the St. Regis brand, is known for its rich history and pioneering design. Through The St. Regis Chicago we will debut a new icon within the city, sharing with our guests and local luminaries an architectural masterpiece that also represents the pinnacle of luxury hospitality today.”
First published at Travel Industry Today