Hotel scheduled to open at former Renaissance site in Oak Brook
This is a rendering of the new hotel scheduled to be open in January following a $20 renovation of the former Renaissance Hotel. | Rendering courtesy of Wischermann Partners Inc.
Updated: April 29, 2013 2:14AM
OAK BROOK — The former Renaissance Hotel is taking on a new life with a new name, a new owner and a $20 million renovation.
The Renaissance closed in April 2011. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has taken over the location at 2100 Spring Road and plans in January 2014 to open a Le Méridien hotel with 172 rooms and suites in the 10-story structure.
“We are excited to bring Le Méridien to Chicago as part of our plan to accelerate the expansion of this dynamic, global brand across North America,” said Allison Reid, senior vice president of North America Development for Starwood Hotels. “Le Méridien Chicago — Oakbrook Center will mirror the style and sophistication of metropolitan Chicago and attract both business and leisure travelers who appreciate the brand’s creative flair and upscale comfort.”
The renovation is to include a new restaurant and lounge on the ninth floor, a new lobby, expanded fitness center, and a rooftop terrace. The hotel will showcase the newly developed Le Méridien Hub, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place.
“Our goal is to create memorable guest experiences by pairing exceptional product design and functionality with a service culture of excellence,” said Paul Wischermann, president of Wischermann Partners, the hotel’s management company. “Oakbrook Center is the perfect location for us, and we very much look forward to engaging with our local retail neighbors, extending the lifestyle experience to Starwood’s strong upper-upscale and luxury customer base.”
Wischermann said renovation work is running on schedule.
“There’s a lot of upgrade design work to be done,” he said.
Guest rooms and corridors will be fully refurbished; renovated guest bathrooms, upgrades in bedding, and high-definition televisions all are in the plans.