The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago
has unveiled its US$27 million post-restoration splendour to the
public after ten months of renovation works. All 305 of its guest
rooms, including one-bedroom suites and guest corridors were
transformed to reflect a new look which marries contemporary style
with the hotel’s opulent past.
“We are both proud and happy that the Millennium
Knickerbocker Hotel has managed to regain its 1920s opulence
and characteristic décor fitting of its rich historic heritage. We
had wished to retain the uniqueness of the hotel and ensure
our guests can enjoy quality service within luxurious and
impeccable surroundings,” said Anthony Kinnear, General Manager
and Senior Vice President of the Millennium Hotels and
Located in the upscale Magnificent Mile in
Chicago, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is a landmark property
gazetted by the US Government to be preserved as a historic
monument. It is part of the Historic Hotels of America
programme of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The restoration features a collection of design
elements and amenities that enhance a guest’s stay. Soothing
neutral colours accented with a splash of cranberry are
complemented by walls finished with linen-like wall coverings,
dark mahogany Sapele wood accents, chic Lucite bedside lamps
and rich upholstery. Sealy pillow top bedding with 400-count
Frette linens, down comforters and plush pillows offer the
ultimate in comfort for a restful night’s sleep.
bathrooms feature a Grohe
rain shower system, granite countertops, and an
environmentally-conscious water management system that is just one
element of the hotel’s eco-friendly initiatives. Other
initiatives include energy-efficient lighting, water flow
control in baths and linen recycling programs. The hotel
additionally uses revamped hotel cleaning processes to eliminate the use of aerosols and introduce eco-friendly cleaning
The entire restoration design work was
undertaken by renowned interior designer Jinnie Kim from
Boston-based Jinnie Kim Design.
to its rich 1920s design, the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel also
had an equally colourful record of famous guests and luminaries who stayed there during its 82 year history.
Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy Enterprises, was one of the
previous owners of the hotel and opened his original Playboy
Club in 1960 next to the hotel to house both his guests and his Playboy bunnies. Former US Presidents such as Richard Nixon
and John F Kennedy, rock stars like The Rolling Stones and
boxing great Muhammad Ali all stayed at the hotel. Legend has it
that Ralph Capone (brother of Al) also lived at the hotel.
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