• Chicago's Notable Blackstone Hotel Joins Autograph Collection Hotels

     
    POSTED May 23, 2017
     

Autograph Collection Hotels announced The Blackstone will join the brand's portfolio of more than 100 independent hotels across the globe on June 7.

“The Blackstone has found its home as part of Autograph Collection Hotels given its rich history, exceptional design and iconic reputation,” says Julius Robinson, Vice President and Global Brand Lead, Autograph Collection Hotels. “Our one-of-a-kind hotels are known for providing differentiated, standout guest experiences, and we are thrilled to welcome global travelers and Chicago locals alike to this latest addition to our dynamic portfolio.”

The multimillion dollar renovation will be led by The Gettys Group. The refreshed interior design, which will highlight the early 21st century grandeur and craftmanship, will be seen throughout all 335 guest rooms and suites.

“The Blackstone has long been the cornerstone of hospitality in Chicago,” says Kim Corrigan, General Manager of The Blackstone. “The opportunity to join Autograph Collection Hotels amplifies this same distinctly hospitable and cultural spirit coupled with the unique design elements of our architecturally-stunning property.”

The hotel will feature art pieces from more than 1,600 local artists.

Known as the "Hotel of Presidents," The Blackstone has hosted U.S. presidents and foreign dignitaries, political and mob exchanges, actors and movie productions.

The Blackstone Hotel's culinary programming includes Mercat a la Planxa, which features flavors from Spain with a twist.

Timothy's Hutch will be added with the renovation, and will include unique cocktail programming taking guests through the past, present and future of The Blackstone.

On September 1, over 1,500 businesses across the country illuminated their buildings with red lights to draw attention to the devastation that the live events and performance art industries have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

According to a survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), frequent travelers feel safer when hotels adhere to AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, which detail cleaning protocols for hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Through responses to bi-weekly surveys, Global Business Travel Association members have indicated that domestic busines travel is ramping up after months of struggle.