The Peninsula Chicago Rolls Out Redesign (VIDEO)

The Peninsula Chicago has rolled out a comprehensive guestroom redesign introducing new tech-friendly amenities and two new service initiatives: 24-hour check-in for web bookings and "Keys to the City," providing guests with special access to Chicago's best destinations. 

Designer Bill Rooney of Bill Rooney Studio, Inc. helmed the guestroom update, which takes design cues from luxury yachts -- think fine wood finishes, lush fabrics and rich leathers. The 74 redesigned suites also get custom artwork influenced by the city of Chicago, including a hand-embroidered silk chrysanthemum art wall and hand-painted artisan glass elements by artist Michael Glickman. 

In terms of new technology, all guestrooms now sport fully customized interactive digital bedside and desk tablets in one of 11 languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese). Tablets control all in-room functions, including lighting, temperature, restaurant menus, hotel services, city information and attractions and TV channels. LED touch-screen wall panels offer weather details, language and privacy options.

Guestrooms also have complimentary long distance, VOIP calls, complimentary Wi-Fi, PressReader (complimentary access to more than 2,000 international publications), "PenCities," (an up-to-the-moment online city guide), and LUXE printed city guides.

As part of The Peninsula Chicago's new 24 hour check-in for web bookings, guests who book through now can check in at any time on their arrival day.

The new "Keys to the City" program offers guests access to the best of Chicago. Programs include a private kitchen tour at the three-Michelin-star restaurant, Grace; guaranteed house seats and access to the VIP intermission lounge at Broadway in Chicago performances; and a Fast Pass at The Art Institute of Chicago with complimentary guide book, and more.