Carlson’s Radisson Blu upper-upscale hotel brand is making its U.S. debut on November 1 with the opening of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, located on the first 18 floors of the striking new 81-story Aqua Tower.
Chicago’s newest hotel features 334 guest rooms and suites; high-quality Italian fare at the contemporary bistro Filini; more than 28,000 square feet of meeting and event space; an 8,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness facility; an indoor basketball court; a movie screening room; an indoor lap pool; and a full-service business center.
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago also features an 80,000-square-foot green roof and recreation deck complete with gardens and gazebos, fire pits, two outdoor pools, a hot tub with cabanas and a one-fifth-mile running trail.
“The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago represents a dramatic evolution for Radisson Blu and the future direction of the brand, especially in the Americas,” says Thorsten Kirschke, president of Carlson Hotels, Americas. “This hotel, the launch of the Club Carlson global loyalty program, and the $137.5 million investment in the forthcoming Radisson Blu Hotel at Mall of America are marking some of the significant milestones in Carlson’s Ambition 2015 growth strategy.”
Like other Radisson Blu hotels, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago lays claim to a distinct design heritage, which includes the world’s first designer hotel, Arne Jacobson’s game-changing Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Radisson Blu hotels aim to be recognized for thought-provoking contemporary style, such as the giant, cylindrical aquarium at the Radisson Blu Berlin; the floor-to-ceiling wine tower complete with wine angels at the Radisson Blu Zurich; and the Euro-coin architecture of the Radisson Blu Frankfurt.
Carlson selected the Aqua Tower, a new landmark on the Chicago skyline designed by architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang, as the home for the Unitd States’ flagship Radisson Blu hotel. The hotel itself is designed by U.K.-based designer Jim Hamilton of Graven Images.
For the hotel’s interiors, Hamilton is paying homage to the city of Chicago with such elements as a lobby wall that features backlit glass bricks symbolic of the Chicago skyline witnessed from a distance; steelwork that recalls the city’s reputation as the birthplace of the modern skyscraper; reclaimed bricks, wood and steelwork, to support Carlson’s commitment to responsible business; and in the Filini bistro, mosaic flooring which echoes the design of grates used by the city to protect young trees.
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago’s design palette also uses (among many other materials) polished concrete; reclaimed brick; Corten steel, featuring a weathered “rust” patina; Krion-brand surfaces; weathered oak; Cadisch-brand woven wire mesh screens; ornate hand-cut brass screens; and back-painted glass, in order to create a contemporary visual and tactile experience.
In keeping with Carlson’s commitment to responsible business practices and environmental stewardship, the hotel will pursue LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council once it opens its doors this fall.
Accommodations include 334 guest rooms, 15 king suites, two “Lakeshore” and “Millennium Park” suites, and the two-bedroom Aqua Presidential Suite. Developed by Swedish designer Christian Lundwall, rooms are available in two distinct styles.
These include “Mansion House”, which is defined by sophisticated strong lines, deep, rich timber finishes, flashes of chrome and a clubby, yet refined, aura; and “Naturally Cool”, which features splashes of color, a soft and sensual white bed, metal lamps, wood flooring and dramatic paper art.
As with all Radisson hotels around the world, guests who are Club Carlson members receive free high-speed wireless Internet access in their rooms and suites.
The hotel offers more than 28,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 12,041-square-foot Atlantic Ballroom, which boasts 20-foot-high windows presenting views of Lake Michigan and the six-acre Park at Lakeshore East.
In addition to the array of amenities provided for all guests, the hotel offers Business Class By Radisson, a branded service developed to provide upgraded amenities and services. Business Class by Radison services include a complimentary breakfast, evening cocktails and use of an exclusive 17th-floor lounge.
The hotel features Filini, a contemporary 150-seat Italian restaurant and bar which will offer simple and authentic dishes as well as an expansive Italian wine collection.
Special opening promotional rates start at $160 per night for a King-City View room to $344 per night for a Park Suite. To find out more about the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago and to book, visit www.radissonblu.com/aquahotel-chicago or call +1 (312) 565-5258.
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