Aug 18, 2009

Challenge # 12 : Stay at the new Blackstone Renaissance Hotel

I've been wishing to stay at the Blackstone Renaissance ever since it opened with much fanfare last year. Sage Hospitality and Marriott International dumped over 120 million dollars to renovate this historic hotel on south Michigan avenue in Chicago. While I love the clean lines and slick interiors of a modern hotel, I can still truly appreciate the craftsmanship of a fine built historic hotel. Fortunately, this one has all the modern conveniences wonderfully integrated in its design and functionality.

This is the hotel that Al Capone made famous. His home in downtown Chicago. The first Mafia Convention was held here. A bright red den and matching bright red guest bathroom greeted us upon entering our suite. A poster of Capone adorned the walls in the dining room of our magnificent suite. Two floor to ceiling bookshelves stood on each end of the living room fireplace. A canopy perched above the master bed in the palatial bedroom. A built in television nestled in the bathroom mirror. A glass enclosed shower framed the gigantic shower head. The suite felt like a royal Parisian flat, but instead of place des Vosges outside, it's Grant Park and Lake Michigan.

We stayed in many hotel suites, but suite # 1015 at the Blackstone Renaissance is probably one of the most comfortable and well appointed suites we stayed in. Even with Capone staring down at us.

Foyer Chair

Master Bath with Built-In Televsion

Louis XVI inspired Dining Chairs

Gold Chair by Fireplace

Corner Chair in Red Den

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