Sage Hospitality appoints new GM to Chicago's Blackstone Hotel

The exterior of Chicago's Blackstone Hotel. Photo credit: Blackstone Hotel

Sage Hospitality, a hotel management and investment company, appointed Pierre-Louis Giacotto to GM of The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago. Giacotto brings more than 30 years of experience to his position, including a 23-year tenure with the Sofitel Luxury Hotels where he worked in all aspects of hotel operations.

“I’ve been lucky to call Chicago my home since I began my career in hotel operations, and The Blackstone is the epitome of everything I love about this city,” Giacotto said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing The Blackstone’s legacy as Chicago’s iconic host and sharing the hotel’s unique stories with guests, clients, and the local community."

In his new role, Giacotto oversees all aspects of hotel operations for the historic, 335-room hotel. Before his appointment with Sage Hospitality, Giacotto held the GM position with Hotel Arista in Naperville, Ill. Giacotto is also known for his work as the first GM for Carlson-Rezidor Hotels’ flagship North American Radisson Blu property, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago. He successfully oversaw the construction of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel and participated in opening other locations during his five-year tenure with Carlson-Rezidor.

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Giacotto received formal European training from the Hotel Catering Schools of Grenoble and Paris in France and attended the Professional Development program at Cornell University. He is a current member on the board of the Illinois Hotel Lodging Association, and Giacotto also serves on the Triton College Community Board and the Hospitality Industry Administration Advisory Board.

Located in the heart of the city's Cultural Mile and adjacent to the world class Millennium Park, The Blackstone, Autograph Collection, consists of 335 hotel rooms and suites in downtown Chicago, including the Suite of Presidents and Smoke-filled Room, roughly 19,500 square feet of event space (including the restored Crystal Ballroom) and an upgraded fitness club. The hotel also includes a collection of more than 1,600 original artworks, primarily by Chicago artists, on permanent display throughout its guestrooms, Art Hall and public spaces. A street-level Starbucks Cafe with outdoor seating serves hotel guests, the local business community and neighborhood residents. Sage Restaurant Group operates the independent Spanish Restaurant at the Michigan Avenue entrance, Mercat a la Planxa, offering modern Catalan cuisine. New to the hotel with the completion of the 2017 renovation, Timothy’s Hutch anchors a cocktail program in the hotel’s lobby.