Le Meridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center opened in late summer 2014 in the affluent suburb of Oak Brook following a $25 million transformation of a previous property. The hotel has 172 guest rooms, two spa suites and 3,500 square feet of ninth-floor meeting space, including a ballroom and executive boardroom. The hotel is located within the upscale Oakbrook Center shopping and dining area, which features high-end retailers like Michael Kors, Lord & Taylor, and Coach. The hotels has an on-site Spanish tapas restaurant, El Tapeo, located on the ninth floor adjacent to the event space.
A core component of the Le Meridien brand is to feature the local area prominently within the hotel, and touches of Chicago can be spotted throughout the property. Guest rooms feature photos of downtown Chicago, bicycle motifs give a nod to Oak Brook’s many bike trails, and a large mural in the hotel lobby was painted on-site by Chicago artist Justus Roe. The hotel borrows from mid-century modern design influence, especially in its furnishings. Low, sleek chairs in muted colors complement bright pops of color in wall art and accessories.
“We are on track to triple our North American portfolio since Starwood first acquired Le Meridien in 2005,” says Brian Povinelli, global brand leader, Le Meridien and Westin. Additional North American cities with new Le Meridien properties that have either opened or are set to open soon include Indianapolis, Tampa, Charlotte, and Columbus, Ohio.