OAK BROOK – After a massive $25 million building overhaul and renovation, the grandiose Le Méridien Chicago -- Oakbrook Center is now open for business.
A toast to ornate Parisian luxury, Le Méridien boasts a design concept, amenities and artwork that bring ornate French luxury to Oak Brook.
Part of the transformation of the former Renaissance Hotel includes two spa suites, a 3,000-square-foot grand salon ballroom, an executive club lounge and a Spanish restaurant, El Tapeo. In addition to the 172 rooms and suites with amenities, there also is a state-of- the-art fitness center.
During a grand opening ceremony July 31, Dave Lutz, senior vice president at Rockbridge, a private equity firm that invests in hotels, said he was happy to see the renovations come to fruition.
“It was an old building and we did find a lot of things that you had to fix and repair, and we really got to the point where we could open up this building,” he said.
Passersby will first notice the sleek black façade and towering height of the building, and guests who enter the hotel are then greeted by a number of local works of art, paintings and murals.
"Our leisure guests on the weekend will spoil themselves with some of the beautiful spa suites we have upstairs,” Starwood Hotels Senior Vice President Dave Marr said. “Or just coming down here to the bar, to the lobby bar to have some of our signature sparkling cocktails that are special to the Le Méridien brand.”
Yet guests will not break the bank on a stay at Oak Brook's latest hotel, as the starting nightly rate at Le Méridien is $125.
Marr said on top of bringing a different type of hotel to the area for guests to enjoy, part of the Méridien brand seeks to get guests to go out and explore the local community.
“Culture and art is a really big part of the Le Méridien brand and we have partnered with the Elmhurst Art Museum as our Unlock Art partner and it’s kind of great,” Marr said. “All you need to do is show your hotel key and you get in for free.”
Oak Brook Village President Gopal Lalmalani said he’s optimistic that Le Méridien can offer a lot to the area.
“I think this is a truly tremendous fusion of the unique Oak Brook brand that we have and the French borne brand that comes from the Le Méridien,” he said.
Even with the excitement of a new hotel in front of them, this grand opening was not the end of the line for the Le Méridien brand.
“We are having plans to open one hotel every month, for the next 12 months,” Marr said.