The Ritz-Carlton Chicago unveils $25 Million Renovation

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago steps into the limelight with the largest restyling in the hotel’s history since its 1977 opening. During the first week in May 2010, the $25 million project unveils a dramatic new lobby, restaurant and bar, promenade, ballroom and Presidential Suite. (The re-design of the hotel’s guestrooms and suites was completed in 2009.) The Ritz-Carlton Chicago renovation was designed by Brayton Hughes Design Studios....

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Luxury Hotel Prices Slow to Recover

An interesting admission from Arne Sorenson president of Marriott Hotels, owner of the Ritz Carlton luxury resorts, the Luxury hotel market will be the slowest to recover, if it even recovers at all. The sort of excess spending that $1000 a night all inclusive resorts required, just won’t fly in today’s new economic reality. Of all hotels, luxury properties were the hardest hit last year. While rates sank nearly 9 percent...

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Travel Savings abound when planning Last Minute Travel

Jason Rich of the New York Daily News writes about how you can still save big on your vacation even if you’re making last minute travel plans. He advises you to be flexible on your dates and airport. Often a change to a nearby airport or a departure a few hours earlier or later will save you big bucks. If you can be flexible on your accommodation you can find big savings as well: “By keeping the name of the hotel, for...

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The James Chicago – Best Value
Feb08

The James Chicago – Best Value

This is an update to the original 2010 post… Newly added to the collection of ‘Best Value‘ hotels in Chicago: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago; Hard Rock Hotel Chicago; Hotel Chicago – An Autograph Collection Hotel; The Blackstone, a Renaissance Hotel; Warwick Allerton Hotel; Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront; Hotel Felix Chicago. Available to all members of LMT Club. October 1, 2014 ORIGINAL POST:...

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100 New Brand Name Hotels To Open in 2010, Good News for Travelers

2009 saw many hotel companies open new properties or relaunch remodeled ones. With more than 100 hotels from major brands scheduled to open across the United States, 2010 looks to be an even stronger year for openings. For the traveler this is good news as a surplus of room inventory will keep prices down. That’s not such a good thing for the hotels. So why would they want to open so many hotels right now? The answer, according...

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