The hotel, owned by an Oxford joint venture with Quadrum Global and managed by Oxford Hotels & Resorts, underwent a multi-million-dollar transformation from Essex Inn into Hotel Essex.
Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC, the Chicago-based hotel management affiliate of Oxford Capital Group, LLC, announces Le Méridien Essex Chicago has joined the Marriott Bonvoy family as of today. The hotel, owned by an Oxford joint venture with Quadrum Global and managed by Oxford Hotels & Resorts, underwent a multi-million-dollar transformation from Essex Inn into Hotel Essex, re-opening in 2019 and giving new life to the iconic Michigan Avenue building.
Its original midcentury modern aesthetic was re-imagined for the 21st century, drawing on the building’s International Style architectural roots in the 1960s. The hotel speaks to the spirit of Le Méridien, which celebrates the glamorous halcyon days of travel with a distinctly European flair and a mid-century modern design aesthetic.
Each of Le Méridien Essex Chicago’s 274 king and double guestrooms include a work station, 55-inch smart TVs, SmartFridges, 300-count luxury linens, and hand-held garment steamers. Guests keep connected with high-speed WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled bathroom mirrors with hidden speakers. The hotel’s onsite, state-of-the-art fitness center houses top-tier workout equipment by Peloton, Star Trac, Life Fitness, and Powermill. Guests can enjoy connections to Hulu and Netflix on all cardio equipment.
Guests’ dining needs are fulfilled by the ground floor restaurant, Grant Park Bistro. The American bistro focuses on approachable contemporary dishes made with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. The property also features LM Studio, an expansive bi-level event space. Additional meeting rooms are available on the second floor, offering flexible AV capabilities and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Grant Park.
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