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Aug. 6, 2014

Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center Welcomes Its First Guests

By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced the opening of Chicago’s first Le Méridien luxury hotel, located in the high-ranking Oak Brook suburb. The 4-star, 172-room hotel is owned by Rockbridge Capital LLC and managed by Wischermann Partners Inc. The property, which until recently housed the Chicago Renaissance Hotel, underwent a $25 million transformation into a high-end, one-of-a-kind luxury destination.

Le Méridien brand was established in 1972 by Air France and has a portfolio of more than 120 hotels around the globe. The prestigious brand was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in 2005.

Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center features 172 luxury hotel rooms, including one Presidential Suite and six Executive Suites. Additionally, the hotel features 3,500 square feet of event and meeting space, two Spa Suites, a fitness center and a Spanish restaurant, El Tapeo. Other hotel amenities include Le Méridien Club Lounge, a Grand Salon Ballroom, high-speed Internet, 24-hour security, laundry and dry cleaning service, and complimentary shutter service.

The newly redesigned hotel is located at 2100 Spring Road Oak Brook, in close proximity to the Oakbrook Shopping Center, as well as other luxury boutiques and restaurants.

“With shared passions for culture, the arts and cuisine, Chicago has long been on our short list, and the location is a great backdrop for our Le Méridien brand promise to unlock the destination for the curious and creative-minded traveler,” says Brian Povinelli, global brand leader for Le Méridien and Westin.

Like all Le Méridien properties, the hotel features an extensive collection of large-scale contemporary artwork, unique soundscapes and projections. Chicago’s first Le Méridien hotel offers a reinterpretation of the traditional hotel lobby, namely Le Méridien Hub. The Hub is meant to transform the classic lobby into an area destined for social interaction, complete with large-scale contemporary art pieces and abstract installations.

Images courtesy of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

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