The Historic Talbott Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Property, Plans May Reopening Following Extensive $20M Renovation
CHICAGO, IL. April 24, 2017 – The Talbott Hotel (20 E. Delaware Pl.), a Joie de Vivre boutique property, announced today that it will officially re-open in May following a four-month, comprehensive renovation. The historic hotel, originally constructed in 1927, received a full interior refresh driven by KARA MANN, the celebrated Chicago-based interior design icon.
The renovation marks the most extensive update in the history of the 90-year-old Gold Coast gem. Improvements include brand-new guest rooms and suites that increase the total number of keys from 149 to 178. All public areas – including the lobby and meeting and event spaces – were refreshed to cultivate a modern, residential and elegant aesthetic. A new state-of-the-art fitness center was also added.
Opening in early May, 20 East, the new restaurant at The Talbott, features quality-driven and modern takes on American fare from Chef James Keane served with playful, inventive presentation and flavor. Appealing to guests and locals alike, 20 East serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering salads, sandwiches, large plates, sides, and specials. Additionally, the bar serves craft beers, wines, and culinary cocktails that pair perfectly with the cuisine. A signature weekend brunch – accentuated by 20 East’s charming outdoor patio – will quickly become a neighborhood staple.
“The Talbott has been a fixture in the Gold Coast for nearly 90 years and is a backbone of the neighborhood,” said Morgan Bailey, the Talbott Hotel’s General Manager. “Our team members, many of whom have been with the hotel for over 20 years, are ready to welcome back our guests and act as social ambassadors for locals while introducing Chicago visitors to everything our incredible city has to offer.”
Once reopened, the hotel will retain what guests have always loved: its intimate charm, residential styled guest rooms, and award-winning service. The pet-friendly guestrooms and suites will be modern in design, technology, and amenities, yet not pretentious.
The Storied History
Originally designed by John Archibald Armstrong and built in 1927, The Talbott blends a European-inspired classic façade with modern amenities. The newly renovated hotel reflects the changes that the neighborhood – home to numerous international fashion brands – has seen over the years. KARA MANN transformed the interior of the property, paying homage to the hotel’s history while looking toward the future.
A neutral palette – accented with subtle punctuations of color – was selected for the fabrics and materials used within the entire property to act as a bridge between the classic and the current. Traditional materials, such as plaster, milk-painted wood paneling, and terrazzo, are a part of the design throughout the ground-floor public spaces. The artwork in this space has a decidedly contemporary edge in contrast to the traditional wood paneling on which it hangs.
Upon entering the hotel, guests are immediately greeted by 20 East, the dining experience prevalent throughout the ground-floor lounge spaces. Set back from the bustle of the dining and bar experience is the concierge, which is apart from the activity in the lobby, while remaining immediately visible upon entering the hotel. The reception is adjacent to the concierge for a private check-in experience and features a monolithic reception desk of noble grey and Nero Marquina-veined stone.
The guest rooms feature a mix of modern and traditional elements to pay homage to the hotel’s future. The furniture and lighting is a carefully curated mix of styles that create a residential feel in the rooms, featuring a crisp neutral palette with textured wallcovering, white sheer draperies, and a solid, deep ink-colored carpet. The mixed, yet restrained styling of the furniture and lighting stands out in contrast to the quiet background, creating the sense of visual tension for which KARA MANN is so well known.
About The Talbott Hotel
Built in 1927 in Chicago’s tony Gold Coast neighborhood, the Talbott, a Joie de Vivre Hotel is currently closed while undergoing an extensive $20 million renovation. When it reopens in May 2017, the hotel will unveil a fresh new look with updated interiors throughout, as well as refreshed public areas, meeting rooms, and event spaces. Recognized as a winner in the “Top 25 Hotels in the United States” by Trip Advisor, guests rave about Talbott’s welcoming staff that takes personal pride in delivering unequaled service. The artfully appointed guest rooms and suites are pet-friendly. Get up-to-the-minute news on the hotel by following it on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For more information about The Talbott Hotel, now accepting reservations as of May 1st, please call 312.944.4970 or visit http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/illinois/chicago-hotels/the-talbott-hotel/
About Joie de Vivre Hotels
Since its founding in San Francisco in 1987, Joie de Vivre has made curating authentically local and eclectic experiences its signature. Each one of Joie de Vivre's hotels is an original concept designed to reflect its location and engage the five senses. Today, the brand manages the largest collection of boutique hotels and resorts in California and also has properties in Chicago and Washington, DC. Joie de Vivre Hotels is establishing its foothold on the East Coast with the recently-opened The Troubadour in New Orleans, and hotels soon to open in New York City and Baltimore, MD. Follow @JDVHotels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for news and updates. For more information, please visit www.jdvhotels.com.