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.
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The Luxury Collection again teamed with artist Sofía Sanchez de Beta to unveil an exclusive capsule collection, this time with 54 pieces inspired by the Arabian Desert and Emirati culture. The ready-to-wear line includes an array of separates created with Dubai’s climate in mind, such as lightweight blouses and tunics, flowing jumpsuits, long skirts and dresses.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Hawaiian Airlines will relaunch its service between the island of Maui (OGG) and Las Vegas (LAS) with flights set to begin in December.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
British Airways launched a new in-flight entertainment channel in honor of its year-long centenary celebration. The new channel, christened Celebrate BA100, highlights the best of British in-flight entertainment.
European hotel brand Kempinski is expanding into the Americas with a new luxury property in Dominica. Slated for an Oct. 14 opening, the Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski will be Dominica’s first 5-star hotel on the island and the brand’s second in the Caribbean.