Check In: Viceroy Hotel
On September 1, the much-anticipated Viceroy Hotel opened its doors in the Windy City.
The brand takes over the 1920s Cedar Hotel, where Goettsch Partners built a glass tower atop the original brick-and-terra-cotta facade. Inside, Las Vegas designer Todd-Avery Lenahan took inspiration from Flaneur, a free-spirited French literary figure; a 30-foot-tall lobby wall displays quotes by Marcel Proust, while statement wallpaper in guest rooms shows an image by London artist Tim Modus depicting sculptural elements from Chicago’s midcentury period.
What else is in store at the Viceroy? Here are three insider tips to make the most of your stay:
Breathe in, breathe out. Begin the trip with a sense of calm with Moving Meditation, a pre-recorded meditation session that plays in the car service from the airport to the hotel. Continue the mindfulness by following the meditation tips on display for you in your room.
Shop on the spot. Before your arrival, schedule a consultation with a stylist from Felt, the trendy women’s boutique in Logan Square. Once checked in, your stylist will bring a wardrobe of clothes personalized for you to try on and purchase–all in your room. Tailoring is also offered.
Carb load. Pop into Somerset, the restaurant connected to the Viceroy, to taste the daily breads and pastries by James Beard-nominated pastry chef Meg Galus. Save room for dessert–the star of the show is the homemade chocolate bar.
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