The Gwen, part of Marriott International's The Luxury Collection, has commenced a renovation of its guest rooms in downtown Chicago, it announced last month.
Situated along Chicago's Magnificent Mile shopping district, The Gwen was inspired by Gwen Lux, a Chicago-born sculptress who created sculptures for Radio City Music Hall in New York, the McGraw-Hill Building in Chicago (in which The Gwen is located), the General Motors Technical Center in Detroit, and the centerpiece for the first class dining room of the SS United States.
The Art Deco-style hotel has three upscale restaurants, more than 14,500 square feet of meeting space, and 311 guest rooms, whose redesign will "invoke the comfort and sophistication that one would find while shopping at an upscale boutique on Michigan Avenue," the hotel said in a news release.
Conceptualized and designed by Simeone Deary Design Group, the updated guest rooms will include Lux-inspired artworks; jewel-toned accent elements and luxurious upholstery reminiscent of the retail stores on Chicago's Michigan Avenue; backlit mirrors; marble and brass décor; and furnishings upholstered in peach leather and mossy green velvet.
The renovation is scheduled for completion in April 2017. The hotel opened in 2015.
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