The former Conrad Chicago is now The Gwen, the first Chicago hotel in its The Luxury Collection brand of independent luxury hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced this week.
Located 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 300 guest rooms, three upscale restaurants, and more than 14,500 square feet of meeting space.
"We are delighted to debut The Luxury Collection in Chicago in this ideal downtown location, as we continue to seek out opportunities to grow the brand in premium markets around the world," said Hoyt H. Harper II, global brand leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. "This hotel will deliver impeccable service and modern sophistication to the new generation of luxury travelers near the Windy City's best shopping, dining, and attractions."