Though a luxury brand, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago for many years was in need of some remodeling. Thankfully, those much-needed changes were made over the last year, and this summer, the hotel revealed the results of its multimillion-dollar revitalization.
New designs boast a fresh, contemporary and modern look, with cues taken from the city’s beautiful architecture and industrialism. Additionally, skyline views are a large focus throughout.
“Every venue and detail embraces the grandeur of Chicago, recapturing our heritage with approachable luxury, landmark service and community soul. The hotel is part of the fabric of the city, and will continue to set the standard for luxury in Chicago. It’s where legacy and vibrancy meet,” said Peter Simoncelli, general manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.
“The creative re-design takes inspiration from the city, unveiling a true sense of place. Throughout the entire property, we have connected design elements of the building’s historic exterior and brought the inspiration and energy of Chicago inside. As a result, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, sets the stage for a modern experience in the middle of the skyline,” added Billy Quimby, principal, BAMO, the design firm in charge of the renovations.
The most striking changes are found in the lobby, ballroom, on-site restaurants and spa. The lobby’s new focal point is a hand-blown glass sculpture inspired by Lake Michigan, and its artistic properties make for a different experience, based on time of day. Gray marble columns and metallic partitions add definition to social public spaces. In the ballroom, now the largest luxury ballroom in the city at 14,000 square feet, the chandelier with its 400,000 crystals is newly restored, and an additional, smaller ballroom is added for events of up to 220 people. A new dining option is Torali, Italian – Steak, a modern Italian steakhouse on the 12th floor, with an adjacent bar. Meanwhile, the new spa takes inspiration from the lake, and displays a pleasing palette of soothing hues, stone and walnut.
For more articles like this, visit trazeetravel.com.
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is opening its acclaimed doors Oct. 22 to celebrate its fifth and most exciting season. The resort will introduce new programming including culinary, fitness and music.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
Seabourn recently announced the name of its second new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship: Seabourn Pursuit. The name reflects the passion of expedition travelers to seek out and explore natural wonders and destinations through activities around the globe.
Though the Chicago area has been my home for decades, the view from the Water Tower Suite on the 26th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago made me gasp. I had admired Chicago’s dramatic skyline many times, but never from this angle. Through expansive windows, the skyscrapers of 900 N. Michigan Ave. and the John Hancock Center, now named 875 North Michigan Avenue, rose to my right. Far below, the landmark Chicago Water Tower nestled in a ring of trees. One of the few survivors of the Great Chicago Fire, a turning point in the city’s history being remembered on its 150th anniversary in 2021, the Gothic Revival relic resembled a fairy-tale castle in a children’s playset.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
President Biden signed H.R. 2278, bipartisan legislation to designate a September 11th National Memorial Trail. The trail route will link the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York; the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia; and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
In April 2021, I was skimming Facebook when an ad for a blind-folded dining experience popped up on my newsfeed. The event was hosted through a company called Fever that offers fun, interactive events in major cities and virtually for people to enjoy. Intrigued, I clicked the link to learn more. The description made the event sound exciting and mysterious. When I give someone a present for their birthday, the holidays or a wedding, I like to give the gift of an experience that the recipient can learn something from. My boyfriend’s 30th birthday was in June, when the event was to be hosted, so I thought this would be a great surprise for him.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Austin, Texas, with us.