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.

The facelift will focus on the hotel’s history—it was originally built as a reproduction of the Pantheon when it opened in 1908 as The Girard Trust Company. The design will feature neutral colors, textures and materials of money and currency, with pops of metallic and bronze and will bring a fresh and sophisticated feel to the hotel. Artwork and guest amenities will reflect the heart and soul of Philadelphia.

Guest rooms will be updated with brand-new spaces for work and relaxation with luxurious fabrics in a neutral color palate. Green and blue along with bronze and nickel will finish of the space.

Meeting areas will be designed with neutral colors that flow through each function room. The hotel’s history will again be reflected here with motifs from the building in the furniture details.

Updates to the lobby, lounge, restaurant and bar will come at the end of the renovation cycle; more details will be shared when available. The hotel will remain open throughout the renovation.

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in