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What is Hilton’s approach to the luxury and lifestyle hotel sector?
Hilton’s luxury and lifestyle includes three brands: Waldorf-Astoria, Conrad, and Canopy, which is our newest brand. On the luxury end, Waldorf and Conrad, we established a vision about seven years ago to be the fastest growing, most innovative luxury hotel company. So today in Conrad Hotels & Resorts we have 24 properties open on five continents, and we have an additional 23 hotels that are currently under development, including eight opening in 2016 in Makkah, Xiamen, Manila, San Luis Potosi, Guangzhou, Osaka, Fort Lauderdale Beach and Chicago.
Tell us about the Conrad Chicago.
Hilton in partnership with Lawrence Geller purpose-built this hotel, designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, to be a true Conrad. Its size and its location are ideal for an urban market. It’ll be 289 rooms, three great restaurants, as well as 10,000 square feet of meeting space. We’re taking bookings now for stays starting Sept. 1.
Conrad Chicago is going to be our sixth property in the US. It underscores our commitment of best-inclass hotels in key gateway cities. So that’s why we’re so excited about it.
What will set the Conrad apart from other Chicago luxury hotels?