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October 16, 2018

Supplier News: New Venues From Nobu, Thompson

New hotels with event space in Chicago and Mexico lead this week's supplier news in the meetings and events industry.

New Nobu Hotel Chicago to Have Event, Rooftop Space

Nobu Hotels is headed for Chicago in 2019, executives told International Meetings Review and other representatives of the travel trade attending a recent event in New York City. The Nobu Hotel Chicago is scheduled to launch in 2019 on Randolph Street in Chicago’s West Loop, which is home to the city’s famed “Restaurant Row.”

“It’s a fantastic hotel that will hold up to Nobu’s brand standards,” says Frank Maduro, vice president of marketing at AIC Hotel Group, which spearheads sales and marketing efforts for Nobu, Hard Rock and UNICO hotels.

As with Nobu’s other hotels, this property’s culinary product will be a major focus. In addition to a 10,000-square-foot, ground floor Nobu restaurant, there will also be a “Nobu on the Roof” concept, which will have indoor and outdoor bar space looking out onto Randolph Street’s “Restaurant Row.”

The new hotel will also have 115 guest rooms and suites with a design spotlighting the Nobu brand’s blend of old world Japanese and modern design. It will also have a 3,630-square-foot fitness center with Technogym equipment, a spa, 3,245 square feet of multi-use suite space for private social functions and corporate events and an indoor swimming pool.

2019 will also see the debut of Nobu Los Cabos, the brand’s first property in Mexico. Other Nobu Hotels are in development for Barcelona, Riyadh, Toronto, São Paulo, Atlanta, and Tel Aviv.

Thompson to Open New Zihuatanejo Hotel

Luxury lifestyle brand Thompson Hotels will debut its newest luxury resort in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, in late 2018, following a repositioning and extensive redesign. Located oceanfront along Playa La Ropa on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Thompson Zihuatanejo will have 54 suites, multiple food & beverage experiences, and three distinct pools, all inspired by the natural scenery of the land, sand and sea.

An ideal venue for both social and corporate events, Thompson Zihuatanejo will offer oceanfront event space to accommodate outdoor functions and weddings for up to 200 guests. El Jardin, an outdoor garden area, can additionally accommodate receptions and social gatherings for up to 180 people, while two meeting rooms can comfortably host groups of 12-50 people.

Conceptualized by Thompson Hotels’ design team in partnership with locally based interior design company Andres Saavedra Design, Thompson Zihuatanejo is located on a secluded stretch of coastline along a protected bay. The resort’s suite accommodations – all offering separate living areas and private balconies or terraces – strike a balance between traditional Mexican architecture and mid-century modern design. 

Premium suite types include two Lagoon Penthouse Suites, one Thompson Suite, and 11 swim-up suites with direct access to an exclusive pool. Most suites will include private infinity plunge pools, with many perched along the property’s freshwater lagoon or offering ocean views. Each suite is adorned with a color palette of light greys and charcoals offset by sands, taupes, and warm local woods.

Designs found throughout the resort include Parota furnishings with brass details, handwoven Mexican rugs and traditional mosaic tiling, local stone finishes, Oaxacan clay light fixtures, and artisanal accents throughout the public spaces and guestrooms. A sculpture created by a local Mexican artist comprised of wood and molten brass native to the region will greet guests upon arrival, and a selection of contemporary artwork will also decorate the guestrooms.

Perched under open-air palapas seaside, CENIZA restaurant will offer a Mexican dining experience underneath the stars, serving an array of fire-grilled seafood using both ancient and modern cooking techniques. CENIZA will have design elements such as dimensional black concrete tiles and a custom metal light installation. 

The resort will also introduce HAO, a day-to-night beach club experience set against the resort’s adults-only pool and overlooking Playa La Ropa, offering a relaxing vibe. HAO will offer all-day dining, including a beachfront breakfast menu, poolside bites showcasing locally caught seafood, and handcrafted cocktails utilizing seasonal ingredients. Focal design elements will include a large mural, and handmade cement green and black tiles. 

Thompson Zihuatanejo will have three pools, including an adults-only, oceanfront infinity pool, a family-friendly option with swim-up bar, and a pool offered exclusively for guests staying in swim-up suites.

Thompson Zihuatanejo is located 20 minutes from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport.

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