Bill Rooney renovates The Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago completed a guestroom redesign that introduced the brand's new guestroom technology to the US, along with new service initiatives. Helming the project is designer Bill Rooney of Bill Rooney Studio.

The redesign encompassed 331 guestrooms and suites. Rooney took design cues from luxury yachts, including wood finishes, new fabrics and leathers. There are built-in desks and vanities in wood grains, a dining table positioned at the window and panoramic views of the Chicago skyline.

A hand-crafted floral art piece by artist David Qian anchors each guestroom and includes the chrysanthemum, the official flower of Chicago. There is bespoke chinaware with the chrysanthemum, designed by Bernadaud exclusively for the hotel.


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With nods to Chicago's connection to Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, blue textiles and custom-designed Pratesi linens with a signature blue and wave pattern complement the furnishings of wood and leather. Chicago-based artist Jean-Jacques Porret also created abstract bronze sculptures for each guestroom.

The 74 newly redesigned suites at The Peninsula Chicago have custom artwork influenced by Chicago's artistic culture. Each suite has a hand-embroidered silk chrysanthemum art wall, along with hand-painted artisan glass elements by artist Michael Glickman. A nutrition center and Nespresso coffee amenities are hocontainedused in a Chinoiserie cabinet designed by David Qian.

The main focus of the project was the introduction of the brand’s guestroom technology throughout the hotel. New services include 24-hour check-in and the ability to operate guestroom facilities in 11 different languages at the touch of a button. Lighting, temperature controls, restaurant menus, city information and weather updates are now all integrated into the room with touchscreen remotes and LED wall panels. New technology was also introduced in the form of PressReader, which features complimentary access to more than 2,000 publications, and PenCities, an online city guide.

All other renovations will be completed by April 2016.