Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has announced the signing of Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center. Located in Greater Chicago directly adjacent to Oakbrook Center. The 10-story building is set to undergo a $20 million transformation prior to its 2014 debut. Owned by RockBridge and managed by Wischermann Partners Inc., Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center is expected to “combine timeless, chic design with sophisticated offerings”.
Located 18 miles west of the Chicago loop, along the Interstate 88 corridor, Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center will serve as a hub for both business and leisure. The hotel is steps away from large corporate offices, luxury boutiques and highly sought after restaurants, making it a destination of choice for visitors to Oak Brook and other western Chicago suburbs.
Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center will boast a new outer façade, a new arrival experience and completely reimagined public spaces. The ninth floor will feature a proprietary new bar and restaurant concept with a variety of meeting spaces. In addition, Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center will offer a fitness center outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and a roof-top terrace. The hotel's 172 rooms and suites, including a presidential suite and two spa suites, will be refurbished and feature the signature Le Méridien Bed.
Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center will showcase the newly developed Le Méridien Hub experience, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place. Le Méridien Hub offers both guests and locals a “creative atmosphere where contemporary, curated artwork sets the environment”.
Le Méridien Hub further builds on the brand's arrival experience and coffee culture, curated by Le Méridien brand's cultural curator Jérôme Sans. Le Méridien arrival consists of four elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas to reset the mind and stimulate dialogue and curiosity; the sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light, creating a unique and distinctive atmosphere; UNLOCK ART program featuring LM100 artist designed key card collections that not only offer access to the guestroom but also to Le Méridien affiliated contemporary cultural centers in the city; and a 24-hour soundtrack curated by Sans.
Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by 100 properties in more than 40 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. in November 2005. It has over 80 properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. By appointing a full-time cultural curator - French arts-provocateur Jérôme Sans - Le Méridien transformed numerous guest touch points, thus bringing unique and interactive experiences to its guests.
Plans call for dynamic expansion of Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts within the next five years, concentrating in the US, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific markets, including destinations such as India, Thailand and China. Le Méridien recently opened new hotels in Istanbul , Oran, Arlington ( Virginia, USA ), Coimbatore ( India ), and Koh Samui ( Thailand ), and will open in the next 12 months in Bali, Atlanta, Cairo, Ho Chi Minh City, Dhaka, Qingdao and Zhengzhou, China and Mahabalehswar, India.