Rose­mont lands bou­tique ho­tel

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - TRAVEL - By Lori Rackl [email protected]­bune.com Twit­ter @lorirackl

For a vil­lage of roughly 4,000 res­i­dents, Rose­mont is rife with ho­tels. Nearly 20 of them pop­u­late this north­west sub­urb, in the shadow of O’Hare In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Yet an­other ho­tel re­cently joined Rose­mont’s ranks, this one is billed as the town’s first bou­tique of­fer­ing: The Rose, a 165room prop­erty “where classy meets edgy.”

“Most of the ho­tels around here have been here for dou­ble-digit years,” said Dana Solomon, di­rec­tor of sales for The Rose. “We’re some­thing fresh and new, some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent in the area.”

Owned by River­woods­based Janko Group, the artsy, mod­ern ho­tel is part of Hil­ton’s Ta­pes­try Col­lec­tion.

The brand, launched in early 2017, is aimed at rel­a­tively up­scale trav­el­ers who crave the unique, non-cookie-cut­ter feel of an in­de­pen­dent ho­tel — no two Ta­pes­try prop­er­ties are the same in name or style — with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the re­li­a­bil­ity and loy­alty points that come with an es­tab­lished name like Hil­ton, Hy­att or Mar­riott.

The Rose marks the 14th ho­tel in the Ta­pes­try Col­lec­tion and its first in Illi­nois.

It’s also the first prop­erty in the port­fo­lio built from scratch. Con­struc­tion crews broke ground in Septem­ber 2017.

Mea­sur­ing five sto­ries high, the low-slung, twotoned gray build­ing at 5200 Pearl St. is the lat­est ad­di­tion to Rose­mont’s new Pearl Dis­trict. This 16-acre mixed-use de­vel­op­ment in­cludes an out­post of the ar­cade-sports bar-restau­rant Dave & Buster’s, the Ital­ian eatery Carmine’s (part of Chicago’s Rose­bud fam­ily) and Tru­luck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House, a Texas im­port.

The Rose is close — re­ally close — to O’Hare. That prox­im­ity in­flu­enced its ameni­ties and de­sign. Triple-pane win­dows al­low you to see, not hear, the end­less pa­rade of planes com­ing and go­ing at one of the world’s busiest air­ports.

Flight sched­ules are dis­played on a large mon­i­tor by the ho­tel’s front door, and a com­pli­men­tary 24-hour shut­tle takes guests to and from O’Hare.

The ho­tel has three meet­ing spa­ces that can dou­ble as tem­po­rary board­rooms for trav­el­ers need­ing to do busi­ness close to the air­port. Two small ball­rooms can ac­com­mo­date 100 to 150 peo­ple for mid­size func­tions.

In the pub­lic space be­tween those two ball­rooms, light­ing is in the form of a dozen open um­brel­las hang­ing from the ceil­ing, bathing the room in soft pink — an ac­cent color that pops up through­out the ho­tel.

The um­brella in­stal­la­tion is one of sev­eral whim­si­cal de­sign touches, the most no­table be­ing the ze­bra­like black-and-white stripes plas­tered across a 44-foot fea­ture wall in the lobby. Sev­eral 8-foot-tall man­nequins also got the so-called daz­zle cam­ou­flage treat­ment, cre­at­ing an op­ti­cal il­lu­sion of sorts — and, not by ac­ci­dent, a made-for-In­sta­gram mo­ment.

The long, ground-floor lobby/lounge fea­tures a funky, round fire­place and nu­mer­ous places to kick back and con­gre­gate, like the sleek white bar and clus­ters of gray so­fas near big-screen TVs.

The open con­cept ex­tends into the 65-seat restau­rant, serv­ing break­fast, lunch and din­ner, where foie gras pop­corn ($15), chicken and waf­fles ($16) and duck con­fit with shrimp and grits ($23) are on the menu.

Ex­ec­u­tive chef Ni­cholas Mal­loy, whose pre­vi­ous gigs in­clude the JW Mar­riott down­town, over­sees the restau­rant and the ad­join­ing 16-seat, glass­walled pri­vate din­ing room.

The Rose doesn’t of­fer tra­di­tional room ser­vice. In­stead, guests can or­der by phone off the din­ner menu and come down to the bar to pick it up.

A small “market” near the front desk sells a se­lec­tion of grab-and-go items, as well as booze and other bev­er­ages.

Stan­dard guest rooms with a king or two queen beds will likely av­er­age $259, Solomon said, with rates skew­ing higher in the sum­mer, lower in the win­ter.

At 388 square feet, deluxe rooms are about a third big­ger than stan­dards and cost $25 to $50 more, de­pend­ing on the season.

The Rose has only two suites, which can be con­fig­ured into a stu­dio or a two-bed­room op­tion.

Overnight park­ing is $25, and Wi-Fi is free. Fit­ness cen­ter? Check. Pool? Nope.

Most of the con­tem­po­rary rooms have glass walk-in show­ers, not tubs. All have work sta­tions, no mini­bars.

In ad­di­tion to the air­port shut­tle, The Rose has a shut­tle des­ig­nated for guests want­ing a lift to and from the nearby Rose­mont The­atre, Fash­ion Out­lets of Chicago mall, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines or any­where else within a 3-mile ra­dius of the ho­tel.

“All­state Arena isn’t quite within that ra­dius,” Solomon said, “but we may have some wig­gle room there. We’ll see how it goes. I hate say­ing ‘no.’ ”

ERIN HOOLEY/CHICAGO TRI­BUNE PHO­TOS

Deluxe rooms, like the one above, cost about $25 to $50 more than stan­dard rooms.

A nook in the The Rose ho­tel’s lobby was made with In­sta­gram op­por­tu­ni­ties in mind.

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