Starwood adds Minneapolis Chambers Hotel to Le Méridien portfolio

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    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has announced that the Minneapolis-based Chambers has joined Le Méridien. The addition will increase the brand’s footprint by 10 hotels in North America.Chambers was opened in 2006 by art collector Ralph Burnet and is considered one of the world’s top art hotels, which features more than 250 original artworks by noted artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Gavin Turk. The hotel has now been renamed Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis.

    Le Méridien and W Hotels Worldwide, global brand leader, Eva Zieglar said: “Le Méridien shares with its guests a passion for style, art, architecture, design, and cuisine, all focal points of Chambers and owner Ralph Burnet. Chambers will serve as a flagship for Le Méridien’s North American portfolio, and a perfect example of its new direction as a creative hub in vibrant cities around the world.”

    Le Méridien Chambers was designed for those individuals who recognize and are inspired by contemporary art and cuisine combined with great service. Behind the hotel’s distinctive mahogany double doors, guests are greeted with an eclectic mix of original, contemporary art by internationally renowned artists. Video monitors line the guestroom corridors with a constant display of award-winning video art, and during their stays, in-the-know guests take the stairs whenever possible to enjoy, Elemental, the five-story mural that runs the entire height of the hotel’s main stairwell. In the hotel’s Burnet Gallery, guests may purchase works by international, national and local artists.

    Designed by Rockwell Group, Le Méridien
    Chambers’ design provides an ideal backdrop to its contemporary art collection. The hotel wraps around Eden, an open-air, grotto-style lounge courtyard that is open year round and features a 10ft square gas fire pit. During the winter months a portion of Eden transforms into, Ice Chamber, a 256-foot bar created from 12,000lbs of crystal clear ice.

    Le Méridien Chambers features 60 guestrooms, including six suites and nine junior suites. All the guestrooms feature original artwork and are furnished with contemporary furniture and platform beds. Rooms are equipped with 42″ plasma TVs, WI-FI Internet access, and iPod docking stations and alarm clocks.

    Daniel Fountain / 09.02.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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