Opening of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

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    With the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago the very first Radisson Blu has opened its doors in the United States of America. The 334 rooms-property is set within the stunning Aqua Tower created by internationally acclaimed architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architect, and awarded as “Skyscraper of the Year”. Situated near the confluence of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River in the Lakeshore East Development, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel is surrounded by Chicago’s biggest tourist attractions, including Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the fabulous shopping of Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. The hotel is a joint venture between Carlson Hotels and Magellan Development Group, and a US$ 125 million project. The contemporary and creative design of the interior spaces is a work by Jim Hamilton (Graven Interiors), and Swedish hospitality designer Christian Lundwall created the rooms in two different styles: “Mansion House” is defined by sophisticated strong lines and boasts rich timber finishes, flashes of chrome and a “dark but clubby” aura. “Naturally Cool” is contemporary and features splashes of colour, a soft and sensual white bed, metal lamps, wood flooring and dramatic paper art versatile enough for any setting of climate. All rooms offer incredible views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline and are equipped with extras like complimentary WIFI access, flat screen TV, iron and iron board, and deluxe Anne Sémonin bath amenities. Two floors of the hotel are exclusively designed for Business Class guests, and comprise a hospitality lounge with complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails.

    The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago also presents Filini, a contemporary Italian restaurant and bar that focuses on the finest fresh ingredients and flavours. Filini’s food is uncomplicated but exquisitely prepared. Unpretentious and stylish, the mood of the restaurant is friendly and subtle with memorable Mediterranean overtones.

    Guests of the hotel enjoy access to an indoor and outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, a fully equipped fitness centre, an indoor basketball court, a game room, and an outdoor terrace. Meeting facilities of the brand new property include 2,600 square meters of total meeting space with an additional 650 square meters of outdoor space. The hotel’s unique ballroom features 6-meter-high windows overlooking The Park at Lakeshore East. The overall meeting space can be configured into 14 different meeting rooms.

    Daniel Fountain / 11.11.2011

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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