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May 9, 2017

Supplier News: Waldorf Into Antigua, The Gwen’s Big Reno

There have been a number of new luxury developments this week in the meetings and events industry. Take a look. 

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New Waldorf Astoria to Bring More Event Spaces to Antigua

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton's luxury brand, is set to open its first new-build resort in the Caribbean with the signing of a management agreement with Callaloo Cay Antigua

Scheduled to open in 2020, the Waldof Astoria Antigua will be located in a cove along the southeastern coast of Antigua at Morris Bay Beach, roughly 20 minutes from V.C. Bird International Airport.

A five-acre natural park will be developed as part of the project, available for guests to enjoy an outdoor experience. Also, indoor and outdoor event space will provide the backdrop for group and meeting activities.

The resort’s 95 guest rooms and 25 branded villas, including beachfront suites and hilltop accommodations, will offer views of the bay and its surroundings. Waldorf Astoria Antigua will offer 30 acres of beachfront as well as a bluff overlooking the Cades Bay. 

"Waldorf Astoria Antigua will set a new standard of Caribbean luxury, extending our bespoke True Waldorf Service and first-class accommodations, as well as providing travelers with unforgettable experiences,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, in a written release. “Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts’ mission is to be the fastest growing, most innovative luxury hotel brand in the world, and hotels like Waldorf Astoria Antigua represent the brand’s commitment to continued expansion and delivering luxury to the world’s most sought after destinations.”

Waldorf Astoria Antigua will have a specialty restaurant, signature bar and waterside dining concepts. For relaxation, guests can indulge in the resort’s spa, disconnect in the fitness center or enjoy the beach. 

"We are pleased to embark on this exciting development with Hilton and build a landmark luxury resort in the heart of this island sanctuary,” said Dawood Shah, senior vice president, business development, for Callaloo Cay Antigua. "Hilton’s nearly 100 years of renowned hospitality, combined with the timeless sophistication of Waldorf Astoria, will help position this resort as the finest choice for luxury travel in Antigua and marquis development in global citizenship.”

Visit www3.hilton.com

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The Gwen in Chicago Wraps Big New Renovation

Chicago’s The Gwen (521 N. Rush St.), a Luxury Collection Hotel, has announced the completion of the hotel’s full renovation, with newly designed guestrooms, suites and public spaces. 

Paying homage to pioneer Chicago sculptor Gwen Lux, The Gwen’s new rooms and public spaces have an Art Deco-inspired design by Simeone Deary Design Group, completing The Gwen’s design and service transformation into a Luxury Collection Hotel.

For meeting planners, the hotel has more than 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting spaces.

The renovation of the guestrooms includes a mink grey color palette accented with a Gwen Lux design above the headboard and beds lined with Frette linens. In addition, all king-bed rooms come standard with a large soaking tub and adjacent glass-enclosed steam shower. For those looking to work out while visiting, The Gwen offers a fully equipped gym which includes brand new cardio and strength machines, multiple TV screens and complimentary fruit.

The newly renovated Gwen Lux Suite sits high atop the hotel overlooking Michigan Ave. It has one of the largest private outdoor terraces in all of Chicago (1,100 sq. ft.), according to the hotel, for guests to take in both the city skyline and lakefront views. The suite can be booked for wedding events and business retreats. Guests staying in the Gwen Lux Suite can expect bespoke amenities and offerings, including a forthcoming butler service, the hotel said.

The property also has two dining concepts: the Upstairs at the Gwen, the fifth-floor outdoor terrace with fire features and sweeping views of the city; and the Gwen’s Circa Lounge, offering all-day dining and weekly musical programming. Guests looking to explore the retailers of the neighboring Shops at North Bridge have access via an indoor walkway, directly connecting the two properties.

Visit www.TheGwenChicago.com

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