The Four Diamond Swissôtel Chicago has completed
the US$10 million renovation of its lobby/bar and classic meeting
space. Construction began in December 2011.
Inspired by the work of the building’s
original architect, Harry Weese, Swissôtel Chicago’s renovated
lobby now features a modern design with natural elements and an
earth tone palette.
The natural feel is set off by attention
grabbing splashes of color, dramatic art, and lighting elements
like the artistic rainstorm created by thousands of dangling glass
bubble fixtures. Backlit glass panels, etched with Chicago’s
skyline, sit just behind the check-in area.
Projected just about
the bar area, Swissôtel Chicago’s Swiss Circle, by award-winning
artist Jork André Dieter, changes color to reflect various moods
throughout the day. This illuminated work features two rings of
Chicago landmarks and historic elements like Solider Field and
Cloud Gate, while the center shows off Chicago’s skyline and Lake
Located in the lobby, Amuse is the hotel’s
latest food and beverage concept offering seasonal small and
shareable plate options with signature cocktails and wine pairings
Check-in pods replaced the traditional bulky
hotel front desk, affording a more welcoming experience for the
guest upon arrival. Front desk agents will now work from laptop
computers, giving them the flexibility to interact with guests
even when they are away from their pod.
The concierge will be
armed with tablets for quick access to all necessary information a
guest may need to know, and a Nervana Ghost Wall will act as a
digital concierge for guests to check weather, map local routes,
and research area attractions.
Swissôtel Chicago will also
provide meeting planners and attendees with Nervana’s Bonfire
Events Management app. This application tracks schedules, flights,
and presentations, connects guests via a social site and sends
alerts for any changes in scheduling. Meeting planners can use
this technology in the newly renovated classic meeting space
that’s been transformed to mimic the modern, monochromatic feel of
the hotel’s 38,000 square foot Event Centre that opened in 2009.
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