Recently I enjoyed a staycation weekend, deep in the heart of downtown Chicago, in a gem of a boutique hotel – The Gwen. Much of my personal aesthetic is inspired by the Art Deco era of the 1930s, which is highlighted throughout the property in breathtaking detail. From the art and design of the foyer, to the Art Deco rugs, the many sculptures placed in the lobby, the sketches featured on the walls, every element was beautifully executed.
Designer Gwen Lux (1908-2001), was a Chicago native and a talented 20th Century American sculptress. Her art and sketches are found throughout the renovated hotel. Recovered sculptures from the building’s original exterior can be found in the Nordstrom court a level below the foyer, other pieces of art are throughout the lobby, and sketches from her works adorn the hotel walls. Every aspect of this hotel is carefully planned to be a visual feast.
The linens on the beds are by Frette, the shampoo and body care products from Molton Brown and the monogrammed bathrobe and matching slippers are perfect for lounging around all day long, gazing out the window at spectacular views of the city. A stay at The Gwen is the perfect getaway to refresh your soul while inspiring your senses.
Named one of the best hotels in Chicago in 2016 by Travel & Leisure, and again more recently by Conde Nast, the Gwen is a showcase of 1930’s Art Deco glamour with modern day amenities. Offered by Starwood Hotels as the first in Chicago in the ‘Luxury Collection’ it is within walking distance to the upscale shops on Michigan Avenue. I can’t wait to return!