Located off Chicago’s industrial corridor, on Elston Avenue, the 55 room Hotel at Midtown, towering above fitness center at Midtown Athletic Club, is envisioned to provide active travelers a fitness experience, bringing the quality of high end lifestyle center to boutique hospitality. In a 35,000 square-foot, two-story reflective glass volume above the health club, the Hotel at Midtown is located on the 4th and 5th floors with the most spectacular views of Chicago. There are 51 guestrooms, three deluxe suites, a two-story penthouse, two meeting rooms, a board room, and a rooftop event space.
Despite the difference in program, finishes from the attached Midtown Athletic Club health facility are brought into the guest rooms to provide a cohesive experience. With relaxation and ease in mind, guest rooms are spacious and detailed with custom furnishings and finishes. From the foyer, city views are perfectly framed by walnut panels. Warm hardwood flooring extends into the bedroom where a long walnut desk is delicately supported by a thin vertical frame with a built-in robe hook that also serves as a doorstop. The bed rests against a wall covered in floor to ceiling custom wallpaper, like an abstract painting reflecting the urban context, which is lit for radiance and warmth.
Thoughtful attention was given to the design of custom built-in furnishings and finishes in each guestroom for the ultimate relaxing stay. All of the hotel case goods are made of natural walnut wood appointed with black iron details, complementing the rustic and refined mood in each room. A long walnut desk stretches across a wall seemingly floating above the dresser drawers and lightly supported at one end by a black metal frame designed with a doorstop and robe hook. Opposite the desk is a bed with a low walnut headboard hanging from the wall which is back-lit to give radiance and warmth to the space. Custom walnut nightstands are built into the headboard, floating above the floor, designed with both a drawer and an open shelf for easy and visible storage. Appearing as wooden boxes inside the guest room, walnut wardrobes provide ample dress and suit storage as well as house a full-size ironing board, shoe cubby and a safe big enough to fit a laptop. One wardrobe is paired with a walnut coffee and amenity cabinet with quartzite countertop and small refrigerator.
The bathroom entrance is framed by the two wardrobes but blends as one “landscape” when the walnut sliding door is closed. In the bathroom white marble tiles are carefully sequenced so the stone grain continues as it folds from one panel to the next; and similar to the desk, a thin metal frame supports the vanity with built-in features to keep toiletries and towels dry and within arm’s length. All of the knobs and pulls are custom and ergonomic.