The Ritz-Carlton Chicago steps back into the forefront of the Chicago hotel scene this week with the unveiling of the largest remodel project since the hotel opened its doors in 1977. Starting this week the results of the $25 Million renovation will be unveiled to the public. Although the guest room renovations were completed in 2009, Chicago has yet to see all the changes made to the public areas and the much-anticipated new Presidential Suite.
As visitors step off the elevator on the 12th floor, the lobby’s captivating views of the city’s skyline quickly take over the space. A central fountain dominates the room, but the exceptional skyline views from the elevated location will still garner the most attention. Although many of the changes made to the hotel will be a welcome change for the younger, more modern guests, many Ritz-Carlton purists will still see the same old décor from Ritz hotels past.
The hotel also features Deca Restaurant and Bar, another of many elegant dining options within the Magnificent Mile. Many who have previewed Mark Payne’s cuisine anticipate the place will soon be ranked a “10.” The restaurant’s design brings out a casual elegance that ties right into the theme of the hotel itself. Executive Chef Mark Payne and his culinary team have created a menu that celebrates classic dishes with inventive twists. Mark and his staff have also made the decision to use as many locally grown ingredients in the menu as possible. Deca also features a wine list with over 40 varieties offered by the glass. For customers looking to enjoy a more casual experience at the bar, mini Kobe beef sliders, crispy calamari, and artisan cheeses are just a few of the items available.
The Promenade provides floor-to-ceiling views of the city leading up to the Hotel’s all new 9,000-square-foot ballroom. This new space will provide locals and guests alike the opportunity of a lifetime for storybook weddings, galas and balls, and memorable events of any kind.
Quite possibly the most anticipated release this week is the spacious new 2,900-square-foot Presidential Suite, which presents the repeating theme throughout the hotel of contemporary and traditional design. The two-story suite contains a spiral staircase and 2 story high windows with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. The spacious suite also includes a kitchen, living room, dining room and study, three full bathrooms and two powder rooms. If that isn’t enough, a media room, baby grand piano and Bose surround-sound stereo system add to the suite’s brilliance. With all these features included, make sure to bring your wallet with you as the presidential suite will run you $6,500 a night.
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