Published on : Saturday, June 10, 2017
Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International , today announced The Blackstone will join the brand’s diverse and distinguished portfolio of over 100 independent hotels around the world. A hallmark of hospitality and history in the Windy City, the hotel shares the brand’s values of vision, design and craft and its exactly like nothing else mantra.
Multi-Million Dollar Renovation Brings New Energy to the Historic Presidential Haunt
“The Blackstone has found its home as part of Autograph Collection Hotels given its rich history, exceptional design and iconic reputation,” said Julius Robinson, Vice President and Global Brand Lead, Autograph Collection Hotels. “Our one-of-a-kind hotels are known for providing differentiated, standout guest experiences, and we are thrilled to welcome global travelers and Chicago locals alike to this latest addition to our dynamic portfolio.”
Following the hotel’s large scale architectural restoration of $139 million in 2008, this multi-million dollar renovation, led by Chicago-based firm The Gettys Group, refreshes the original work of renowned Chicago architectural firm Marshall and Fox, highlighting its early twentieth century grandeur and craftsmanship while incorporating state-of-the-art technology and modern amenities. A Chicago landmark on the city’s Cultural Mile along Michigan Avenue, the hotel’s refreshed interior design carries through to the hotel’s 335 guestrooms and suites, which feature marble accents, plush bedding and dynamic textiles. Upgraded accommodations up the ante with unobstructed views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan spanning from Navy Pier to Soldier Field.
“The Blackstone has long been the cornerstone of hospitality in Chicago,” says Kim Corrigan, General Manager of The Blackstone. “The opportunity to join Autograph Collection Hotels amplifies this same distinctly hospitable and cultural spirit coupled with the unique design elements of our architecturally-stunning property.”
The creative spirit of The Blackstone is brought to life through uniquely-curated art pieces by more than 1,600 local artists placed throughout the hotel, including in the Art Hall, guest rooms and public spaces, as well as woven throughout various guest touchpoints including the bespoke room keys, in-room amenities, and more.