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New BLU Aqua makes waves in Chicago

September 7th, 2011

The new Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago's Aqua Skyscraper

Set to open October 31, 2011, the remarkable Radisson BLU Aqua Hotel Chicago marks the entry of a new hotel brand in North America. Recognized around the world for their modern design, Radisson BLU hotels deliver upper-upscale hospitality.

Chicago’s Radisson BLU Aqua Hotel is situated on the first 18 floors of the 81-story tower, which received the 2009 Skyscraper of the Year Award for its fascinating shape, the appearance of which changes dramatically depending on the perspective.

Housed in the monumental, award-winning Aqua skyscraper, the hotel features unique aqueousarchitecture with gently undulating lines and ultramodern interiors. The building was designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects and is located on four acres of the 28-acre Lake Shore East development in one of Chicago’s chicest neighbourhoods.

Given that this is the ‘debut’ of the BLU brand in North America and the competitive Chicago market, the designers have given the property exceptional thought: upon entering the hotel, guests will marvel at the iconic Chicago design elements in the lobby and a 50-foot long fireplace that will provide welcome relief during the cold Chicago winters.

As you are checking in, take note of the Art Gallery that will grace the lobby walls. The art will be changed every three months.

Of the 334 contemporary-fashionable rooms, there are two distinct styles of guest rooms, and often the two room styles can be combined as two-bedroom suites. Almost half of the guest rooms will have wrap-around balconies and the windows in all guest rooms open (small point but important to many!)

Guests will find themselves in an urban cloud nine: stunning views from floor-to-ceiling windows, a flourishing sky garden, a fire pit and grills, and outstanding facilities that include an indoor and outdoor pool, an 8,000 square foot spa and fitness facility, a 1/5 mile running track, an indoor basketball court, a hot tub, sauna, steam and massage room, and in-hotel movie screening room.

The hotel will also feature Filini, a contemporary Italian bar and restaurant.

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