It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

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Your conclusive guide to the most compelling hotel openings of the year.

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When Windy City native John Pritzker, the Chairman of Commune Hotels and Resorts, decided to turn the 100-year-old Chicago Athletic Association building into a luxury hotel, the whole city seemed to perk up. And with good reason. The long-dormant building—built for the 1893 World’s Fair—had been the subject of local lore: a place where politicians brought their mistresses and where many Chicagoans’ grandparents have cherished memories. Now the second-floor steak house from the 1920s has been reimagined by the culinary superheroes from Longman & Eagle, the subway tiled speakeasy serves coffee by day and scotch by night, and the former Turkish baths have given way to a Shake Shack. Upstairs, the Roman & Williams–designed rooms are filled with references to the building’s history, from wrestling-inspired robes (“One size fits : Featherweights, welterweights, & heavyweights,” they proclaim) to the desks, which resemble monkey bars. But they’re also thoroughly modern, with Bluetooth-enabled speakers and a mini-bar that can actually be put to use making proper cocktails. chicagoathletichotel.com; doubles from $229.

Chicago Athletic Association

It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

Chicago Athletic Association

When Windy City native John Pritzker, the Chairman of Commune Hotels and Resorts, decided to turn the 100-year-old Chicago Athletic Association building into a luxury hotel, the whole city seemed to perk up. And with good reason. The long-dormant building—built for the 1893 World’s Fair—had been the subject of local lore: a place where politicians brought their mistresses and where many Chicagoans’ grandparents have cherished memories. Now the second-floor steak house from the 1920s has been reimagined by the culinary superheroes from Longman & Eagle, the subway tiled speakeasy serves coffee by day and scotch by night, and the former Turkish baths have given way to a Shake Shack. Upstairs, the Roman & Williams–designed rooms are filled with references to the building’s history, from wrestling-inspired robes (“One size fits : Featherweights, welterweights, & heavyweights,” they proclaim) to the desks, which resemble monkey bars. But they’re also thoroughly modern, with Bluetooth-enabled speakers and a mini-bar that can actually be put to use making proper cocktails. chicagoathletichotel.com; doubles from $229.

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