Menin Hospitality Set to Open The Gale Chicago

USA, Miami, Florida. July 19, 2021

Menin Hospitality and Maxwelle Real Estate Group announced the Gale Chicago, opening on July 1, 2021. Gale Chicago is the former Raffaello Hotel, recently given luxurious updates to its guestrooms. Menin Hospitality will continue to manage and operate the property as the Gale brand expands to new markets outside of Florida.

"For nearly a decade the Gale Hotel brand has created a bold statement in the travel industry, offering unparalleled experiences for those who are seeking an immersive vacation or business trip," said Jared Galbut, managing principal at Menin Hospitality. "Due to the success of our Miami Beach location, we are thrilled to expand outside of the state with the launch of Gale Chicago."

The property is located off Michigan Avenue and Magnificent Mile in the heart of Downtown Chicago, dating back to 1926 when it was known as Hampshire House, a 16-story Neo-Renaissance-style apartment building. The property features contemporary amenities with rooftop terraces, offering travelers the ultimate city living experience with breathtaking views of the cityscape and Lake Michigan. The guest rooms are newly renovated and fully furnished with a modern work desk, a reading bench with overhead sconces, marble accents and sprawling views of the Windy City with select viewpoints facing the John Hancock building.

Guest rooms include one-and-two bedroom Grande suites, in addition to king and double signature room types. Notable design features include a curated selection of art that highlights the city's cultural attractions and artists, white molding and a playful selection of wallpaper offering a pop of color, depth and texture to the space.

The lobby sets the tone for the guest experience as they enter from East Delaware St., boasting floor-to-ceiling domed windows with white overhead beams. The expansive space features custom light fixtures, luxurious lounge seating and a classic filament round chandelier, making an elegant statement drawing inspiration from the early 20th century industry. The property is in the heart of the Gold Coast, conveniently located near the Navy Pier, Rush Street, the Hancock Observatory, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lincoln Park Zoo and North Avenue Beach.

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