LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
September 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Just off the Magnificent Mile, The James Chicago is one of the coolest and most comfortable spots to bed down in Chitown. And for those looking for a quick urban getaway this fall, The James has unveiled newly updated suites that now have complimentary triple-filtered water systems, a selection of eco-friendly pillow options by Keetsa, Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin i-pod docks, and bath products from Intelligent Nutrients. Stay in one of these select rooms (Studio, Loft or Apartment suites) now through December 31, 2011 and receive a $50 food & beverage credit to enjoy dishes from David Burke's Primehouse. How about the creamy caramelized onion soup with homemade bacon puff pastry, and the mac and cheese (blue cheese & cheddar with apple confit, crispy shallots)?
September 16, 2011
By: Christopher Roney
The Public Chicago just keeps coming up with something new. I just posted about them a couple of days ago, and already they’re back with more interesting and innovative concepts. HotelChatter has released reports of their amazing, new room service. Classic room service is based on the concept of the full-service experience – because pure luxury is being waited on hand and foot. A butler brings the food to your room, and you go through an involved process of preparation and presentation. But the Public Chicago has smartly realized that sometimes guests prefer their privacy to an extra inch or two of service.
In this case, Public knows that discretion is the better part of more than just valor, and they offer an alternate room service model in addition to the standard. Often on vacation we want nothing more than to be left alone to lounge in our ultra-soft blankets, so the Public has adapted the philosophy of the convenience in non-interaction (see the self-checkout line at your supermarket) to luxury service.
Removing the pressure of having to look put-together and the hassle of removing unwanted dishes, the food is delivered in a surprisingly sleek brown bag with nothing but a discrete knock on your door. It’s so circumspect; I’m half expecting them to offer a fake passport hidden in a false bottom with your every meal. While you might not be having a clandestine meeting with foreign intelligence agents, Public respects your desire for privacy and doesn’t skimp on the quality. Look for this practice to catch on as more and more hotels cater to a modern sense of luxury. But don't worry if you prefer the classic; Public Chicago still offers the industry standard if discretion is not your cup of tea.
I've neglected to even mention some of the other spectacular reports coming out of this new hotel, such as the breathtaking views, complimentary bike rides, or fine dining. And if you're curious about the second part of the headline, I think this picture speaks for itself:
September 14, 2011
By: Christopher Roney
HotelChatter recently traveled to the newly renovated and renamed Ambassador East Hotel, now the Public Chicago Hotel, and have brought back their impressions along with a number of gorgeous photos. The verdict: Public Chicago is undeniably the next big thing. While the name itself evokes images of other, less luxurious public facilities, once you step inside, it becomes quite clear that the Public Chicago is warm, sleek, and modern. While the hotel has been updated and modernized, reopening just this month, it also hasn’t forgotten its roots – the Public has integrated the traditional aspects of the Ambassador into their reimagining, ranging from a postcard of Dustin Hoffman dressed in their original bellman’s outfit to their inviting library and exquisite restaurant, The Pump Room.
And when you consider the pricing of the rooms, officially starting at $135/night (though demand could quickly raise the cost), the “public” in the name becomes clear. The value for the cost is far beyond other hotels of its class, and the Public manages to bring affordability to a luxury hotel without sacrificing the experience that discerning travelers have come to count on – something that many hotels have tried and failed to do. This is no welfare system; it’s an atmospheric and ultra-modern hotel offering top-of-the-line accommodations at a price anyone could afford. Click through to see HotelChatter’s own analysis, and check out the galleries of the rooms and the public spaces for a look under the hood of a hotel so freshly rebranded, the cab drivers don’t even know its name. And if it looks like a destination that’s right for you (hint: it is!), don’t hesitate to book now while prices are still low.