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June 6, 2017

Supplier News: Hotel Californian, Viceroy Chicago Opening Soon

Two big upcoming U.S. hotel openings lead this week’s supplier news in the meetings and events industry.

The Hotel Californian to Offer 20k Square Feet of Meeting Space

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When it opens this summer in Santa Barbara the Hotel Californian will offer meeting planners 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space with the capacity to accommodate groups of up to 200 or more.

The hotel will also have space for smaller executive retreats or full buyouts. Depending on the size, groups can enjoy an entire building, reserved exclusively for their use. New event spaces found in the hotel’s three buildings include:

The Californian building: Preserving the facade of the original 1925 Hotel Californian, the Californian building is a four-story structure including the only fourth floor outdoor event space which is the 1,300-square-foot rooftop pool and event deck that will provide unobstructed 360-degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez mountains and can accommodate up to 180 guests.

The Mason building: Comprised of two three-story structures, the Mason building includes an executive board room and five flexible meeting with private patios, allowing space for meetings of up to 60 as well as for groups looking for a buyout. The different meeting rooms range from 520 square feet to 664 square feet and can be divided into two equal sections to accommodate small meetings and dining events. These surround a shared hospitality lounge for coffee, catering and breakout functions. Immediately adjacent to the lobby and library is a completely flexible meeting room at 770 square feet and an executive board room, which is 350 square feet and provides a venue for intimate meetings including corporate retreats, board meetings and private dinners.

The State building: This venue includes a 4,200-square-foot plaza lawn, a 3,000-square-foot ballroom and a 3,500-square-foot rooftop event deck, creating space for group events for up to 300. It is also home to the hotel’s signature 1,700-square-foot Presidential Suite.

The hotel can customize itineraries for groups with activities in nearby Santa Barbara that include sea cave kayaking, standup paddle boarding, deep sea fishing, wine country tours and tasting experiences with local winemakers and a farmers’ market tour and interactive culinary cooking class with the hotel’s chef.

Visit www.thehotelcalifornian.com

New in Chicago: Viceroy’s 5k Square Feet of Event Space

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Viceroy Hotel Group has announced that the Viceroy Chicago is now accepting reservations starting this October, bringing over 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space to the city. 

The hotel, which will mark the brand’s first property in the Midwest, will have a total of 5,000 square feet of event space, including the 2,200 square foot Cedar Ballroom and adjoining outdoor Terrace.

Part of The Viceroy Iron Collection, the 180-room hotel is located on the site of the former historic Cedar Hotel and will incorporate culinary concepts from Chicago's Boka Restaurant Group.

Positioned at the intersection of Cedar Street and State Street, Viceroy Chicago will rise 18 stories and is near Chicago attractions including Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile, along with high-end shopping and boutiques on Oak Street. The hotel's guestrooms, as well as its rooftop pool and cocktail lounge, will offer sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the city's skyline.

Viceroy Hotel Group is working in collaboration with Chicago-based Convexity Properties along with hospitality design firm TAL Studio and architect Goettsch Partners. In homage to its history, Viceroy Chicago will showcase the Cedar Hotel's original brick and terracotta façade, first designed by architects Rissman and Hirschfield. The hotel's public spaces will incorporate art fixtures, including a 30-foot teal poem wall towering over the lobby living room and inscribed with quotes from French poet Marcel Proust. Just beyond the living room, large bronze reception desks will welcome guests, positioned in front of a large painting depicting a Venetian carnival recital by South American cubist artist, Badi.

The hues of this painting will be seen throughout the hotel, appearing individually in the guestrooms and hallways to represent an artist's palette before colors are incorporated into a larger painting. The guestrooms will each have a headboard-wall that is a digital reproduction of an original work produced by London artist Tim Modus. The display is inspired by the architectural elements and sculptural forms of the mid-century, and will serve as a nod to Chicago's storied architectural history, Viceroy said. Guestrooms will also host enlarged bathrooms and closets, and a selection of suites will offer terraces with views of the cityscape and Lake Michigan.

Viceroy Chicago will also be home to the restaurant Somerset, helmed by James Beard Award finalist Lee Wolen of Chicago-based Boka Restaurant Group. The restaurant will be located on the ground floor of the hotel and will have a large landscaped and tree-lined patio. Chef Wolen will also oversee the culinary offerings for the hotel's rooftop, as well in-room dining, catering and events.

Viceroy Chicago guest amenities and services will include Natura Bissé and ROIL bath and salon products, private bars with local and artisanal offerings, unique wellness programming, complimentary Wi-Fi access, 24-hour access to the fitness center featuring Technogym equipment and a panoramic view of Lake Michigan and the Gold Coast neighborhood.

Visit www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/chicago

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