Peninsula Hotels renovates Chicago and Beijing properties

Peninsula Hotels has recently confirmed the much needed renovations of its Chicago and Beijing properties. In Chicago, 331 of 339 rooms and suites are getting a comprehensive renovation. Led by designer Bill Rooney, the style will be contemporary, residential with functional built-in spaces and a stronger Asian connection, with handcrafted art elements replicating the chrysanthemum, one of four “noble flowers” from the East.

A press release for the Peninsula Chicago renovation states, “Soothing blue fabrics accent the tranquil cream palette of the room, supple leathers, and geometric carpet patterns are juxtaposed with the richness of Macassar wood grain throughout the room.” Seventy-four suites will be redesigned as well. Each will include a hand-painted silk art wall with the flower theme and hand-blown artisan glass elements. Zec notes on a practical point that there will be plentiful bedside outlets.

For Peninsula Beijing, according to the annual report, US $143 million will be invested. Key elements include combining two smaller guestrooms into larger ones, bringing the interactive tablets and improving public areas and introducing new restaurant concepts. The two-phase renovation will take place between this summer and the fall of 2016.