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Intercontinental Chicago Completes Historic Tower Renovations

Strategic Hotels & Resorts owned property updates guest rooms and corridor areas.

Monday, May 03, 2010
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InterContinental Hotels Group
InterContinental Hotels Group
Franchisor of 9 brands globally

Just in time for the spring travel season, the InterContinental Chicago has completed some major renovations at the Michigan Avenue-based property including a refresh of all of its guest rooms and main corridor areas in its Historic Tower this month.

The multi-million dollar refurbishment includes 328 guest rooms and suites, along with the corridors on floors 9-41 inside the Historic Tower of the hotel. For the guest rooms, new carpeting, curtains, valances and shades were added to freshen up the space and bring a more contemporary feel to the rooms. In addition, new lamps, office chairs, armoires, arm chairs and a patterned throw pillow and blanket were added for extra dimension.

“We wanted to ensure that we properly melded a contemporary aesthetic, including modern amenities, with the historical significance and grandeur that epitomizes the InterContinental Chicago,” said Edward Andrews, general manager of the InterContinental Chicago. “It was important to us that we maintained the historic and architectural significance of the property which takes extra thought and attention to detail when considering any new refurbishment.”

The corridors also received a facelift with new maroon colored carpeting, floral patterned textured wallpaper and new contemporary lighting fixtures and wall sconces, all intended to brighten up the overall public spaces.

The InterContinental Chicago is the only hotel with a front entrance on the prestigious Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s most desirable address. Originally built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club, an exclusive luxury men’s club, the property is one of Chicago’s most elegant landmarks. The hotel features 792 refurbished guest rooms, including 73 lavishly decorated suites. The hotel’s historic, junior Olympic size pool is recognized as one of the best indoor pools in the U.S. and is included in Chicago’s major architectural tours. Dining and entertainment options in the hotel include: Zest, a contemporary, American fare restaurant with Mediterranean influences; the Lobby Bar featuring classic cocktails and ENO, an upscale yet approachable wine lounge that features cheese and chocolate pairings.
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