Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery to feel your best. That is exactly what Conrad Chicago had in mind when planning its latest move. The former Rush Street hotel (which was rebranded into The Gwen almost two years ago) will reopen at a new location at 101 E. Erie Street in September.

The 287-room luxury property will offer 65-inch flat-screens in each room (the largest TVs of any Chicago hotel), plus 10,000 square feet of meeting space. It’s also going to be the first Hilton Worldwide location to utilize 3-D custom imaging software from Social Tables. With this unique technology, planners are able to see an instantaneous and fully dimensional rendering of a proposed event space, complete with décor and table arrangements.

The hotel will also be implementing real-time digital communication channels, such as SMS, which simplifies requests of staff. As well, three restaurants will be available—one on the ground level and the others occupying the top two floors with a look at the buzzing downtown scene below. 

In November, Dallas-based Todd Interests opened Thompson Dallas, part of hospitality brand Thompson Hotels. Thompson Dallas features 219 rooms, including 52 suites, two penthouse suites, and two culinary destinations.

 

After a year filled with uncertainty and countless projects and proposals put on hold, growth in any sector of the hospitality industry is always welcome news. But a statewide slew of brand-new hotels? That’s something to celebrate. Here, we spotlight just a few of the new properties offering planners and guests new spots to meet, refresh and recharge.

 

From the exterior alone, the Guardian Building distinguishes itself as an extraordinary place in downtown Detroit. Over 2 million tangerine-colored bricks texture its 40 stories, later to be named “Guardian bricks” by the manufacturer in honor of the project. Although there are more curiosities to be discovered inside, the one-of-a-kind “Aztec Art Deco” style influences the design and materials in the space.