August 04, 2014
The Chicago area's first Le Méridien hotel has opened in the western suburb of Oak Brook, Ill., Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced today.

Located adjacent to Oakbrook Center, an upscale shopping destination 18 miles west of Chicago, the hotel -- Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center -- has 172 guest rooms and suites, a fitness center, a rooftop terrace, a signature restaurant and 3,500 square feet of meeting space. Like all Le Méridien hotels, the property also features a collection of large-scale artwork, a signature scent and soundtrack, and artist-designed key cards.

"We are on track to triple our North American portfolio since Starwood first acquired Le Méridien in 2005," Brian Povinelli, global brand leader, Le Méridien and Westin, said in a statement. "With shared passions for culture, the arts and cuisine, Chicago has long been on our short list, and the location is a great backdrop for our Le Méridien brand promise to unlock the destination for the curious and creative-minded traveler."

Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center is located in a space that was previously occupied by a Renaissance hotel. Prior to opening, the 10-story building underwent a $20 million renovation that included a new outer façade, a new arrival experience and "completely reimagined" public spaces.

"Our vision for and strategy around the end user has created a hotel unrivaled in the market," said Jim Merkel, president and CEO of Rockbridge, the hotel's owner. "Rockbridge and the team focused on every detail to totally transform the hotel experience at Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center."