Just before its opening, Hotel EMC2, part of Autograph Collection Hotels, has announced its brand-new executive team. The first of its kind, the hotel celebrates the melding of art and science through its design, cuisine and guest experience. The team includes: Christine Wechter, general manager; Brandon Brumback, executive chef; Rebecca Royster, director of food and beverage; Stefanie Rowe, director of sales and marketing; Alexander Foster, director of rooms; and Yesenia Salas, human resources manager.
Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort—managed by The Bricton Group—has revealed their $22 million renovation plans. The renovations are set to begin in December 2016 and for completion in the second half of 2017.
After more than a year, the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge announced the unveiling of its $45 million transformation, ending a three-phase renovation.
The third phase focused on renovating the 667 guestrooms to mimic the Brooklyn lifestyle, with urban-inspired color pallets, fabrics that emulate the culture and landmarks, and an art piece that zooms in on a piece of a mural that is located in the lobby.
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia will undergo a complete transformation later this year.
Architect and interior designer Wimberly Interiors is leading the project for the Avenue of the Arts-located hotel. Renovations include new guest rooms and meeting spaces a refreshed lobby experience and public spaces, and a new restaurant, bar and lounge. The project is slated begin this month and finish in spring 2016.
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John Wheeler was recently hired as the director of event production for The RK Group—a hospitality and culinary service management company.
If you read hotel marketing materials as much as I do, you’ll realize that many like to say they “feel just like home.” I’ve always taken issue with that – not because I don’t love my own home – but because when I travel I want my hotel to be different. I want to experience something unique and memorable. Comfortable, yes, but exactly like what I have at home…no thanks.
Sometimes I wonder how much time I spend in my closet scooting hangers back and forth. Whether the event is formal, semi-formal, business dress or even the dreaded “smart” casual (what does that even mean?), deciding what to wear to an event can be a difficult choice. Of course, when you get it right and you have the perfect bag to go with that dress or the right pair of shoes, it’s a feeling you want to remember. Cue the on-site illustrations by Denise Fike.
Kimpton’s Hotel Allegro, a contemporary 483-room boutique-style hotel in the heart of Chicago’s loop art and theater district, is revealing the renovations of two new events spaces—Crescendo and the Green Room. The redesign was an opportunity for the hotel to take under-utilized space and transform it into unique and fresh options for meetings and events. Part one of a two phase renovation, Crescendo and the Green Room will be accompanied by renovations to the hotel’s living room in early 2015 as part of phase two.
The Edgewater in Madison, Wis. is set to reopen in August 2014 after a $100 million complete renovation and design overhaul.
The renovated property enhances and preserves the external Art Deco architecture, which solidifies The Edgewater’s place among Madison’s historic buildings. The interior evokes a new contemporary décor with modern technology details such as an interactive media wall and touchscreen tables.