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The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago Debuts In The City’s Historic Mcgraw-Hill Building

Wednesday, September 02, 2015
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Crescent Hotels and Resorts
Crescent Hotels and Resorts

CHICAGO, Ill. – Following the conversion of the hotel formerly known as Conrad Chicago, The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago will debut today offering unparalleled luxury and personalized service in a prime downtown Chicago location with direct access to the upscale boutiques along the Magnificent Mile shopping district. Owned by DiamondRock Hospitality Company and managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, The Gwen marks the first hotel in Chicago as part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ The Luxury Collection brand.

“We are delighted to debut The Luxury Collection in Chicago in this ideal downtown location, as we continue to seek out opportunities to grow the brand in premium markets around the world,” said Hoyt H. Harper II, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “This hotel will deliver impeccable service and modern sophistication to the new generation of luxury travelers near the Windy City’s best shopping, dining and attractions.”

Inspired by Gwen Lux, a pioneering Chicago-born sculptress whose work influenced much of the early twentieth century, the design of The Gwen harkens back to the grandeur and glamour of Chicago in the 1930s. Located in one of the rare standing landmark buildings of Art Deco-infused architecture, The Gwen is poised to deliver a new level of luxury to the Windy City, with a Prohibition Porter mixologist, Artist’s Table dining experience and open terraces that overlook the Chicago skyline

“We believe in the power of storytelling, and the history and heritage of The Gwen is the perfect fit for The Luxury Collection brand,” says Mark Brugger, President and CEO of DiamondRock Hospitality Company. “We are proud to bring our vision to life and introduce this hotel to luxury travelers visiting Chicago from around the world.”

Michael George, CEO of Crescent Hotels & Resorts continued, “It’s our goal to create one of the most distinctive hotels in Chicago, while also providing the canvas for connection to individual inspiration. We are delighted to introduce The Gwen to our portfolio.”
For more information or to be one of the first to experience The Gwen, please visit www.theluxurycollection/gwen or call (312) 645-1500.

DiamondRock Hospitality Company is a self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT) that is an owner of a leading portfolio of geographically diversified hotels concentrated in top gateway markets and destination resort locations. The Company owns 29 premium hotels with approximately 10,900 rooms. The Company has strategically positioned its hotels to be operated both under leading global brands, such as Hilton, Marriott, and Westin, and boutique hotels in the lifestyle segment. For further information on the Company and its portfolio, please visit DiamondRock Hospitality Company’s website at www.drhc.com.


Crescent Hotels & Resorts is nationally recognized, top-5 operator of hotels and resorts. Crescent currently operates over 100 hotels and resorts in 36 states in the US and 4 provinces in Canada. Crescent is one of the few elite management companies approved to operate upper-upscale and luxury hotels under the brand families of Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Hyatt and IHG. Crescent also operates a collection of legendary independent hotels and resorts. Crescent’s clients are made up of hotel REITs, private equity firms and major developers. For more information, please visit http://www.chrco.com.

The Luxury Collection® brand is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world's most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination's indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent decor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe's most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of nearly 100 of the world's finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel's distinctive heritage and unique character. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world's finest. For more information, please visit www.luxurycollection.com.

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