Swissôtel Chicago completes $10-million renovation

The Swissôtel Chicago completed the $10-million renovation of its lobby and meeting space. Construction began in December 2011.

Swissôtel Chicago’s renovated lobby now features a changed color palette, artwork and lighting elements, including a rainstorm created by thousands of dangling glass bubble fixtures and backlit glass panels sitting behind the innovative check-in area. Designed by artist Jork André Dieter, the Swissôtel circles, including Swissôtel Chicago’s, are projected above the bar area and change colors to reflect various moods throughout the day. This illuminated work features two rings of Chicago landmarks and historic elements like Soldier Field and Cloud Gate, while the center shows off Chicago’s skyline and Lake Michigan.

Meanwhile, located in the lobby, Amuse is the hotel’s latest food and beverage concept.

Check-in pods replace the traditional hotel front desk. The concierge will have access to tablets, and a Nervana Ghost Wall will act as a digital concierge for guests to check weather, map local routes, research area attractions and get a 360-degree view of hotel’s event spaces and room layouts.

Swissôtel Chicago will be the first property to provide meeting planners and attendees with Nervana’s Bonfire Events Management app. This application tracks schedules, flights, and presentations, connects guests via a social site and sends alerts for any changes in scheduling. Meeting planners can use this technology in the newly renovated classic meeting space that’s been transformed to mimic the monochromatic feel of the hotel’s 38,000 square foot Event Centre that opened in 2009.

Swissôtel Chicago is a AAA Four Diamond hotel offering 661 guestrooms, suites, a newly renovated lobby and event space, as well as a 38,000 square foot event centre. The all-glass triangular hotel features wrap-around views from Navy Pier to Millennium Park and The Magnificent Mile.

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