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Featured Building: Waldorf Astoria Chicago

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The Elysian Hotel was envisioned as a luxury brand that would ultimately spread to other cities under the Elysian name, and emerge as a rival to other luxury brands such as the Four Seasons and Peninsula. When suites at these hotels in major cities can start at over $500 USD/night, the Elysian hoped to make in-roads as a new contender in this lucrative market. Unfortunately, the Elysian did not fully succeed in this plan.

While the Elysian Hotel received good reviews upon its opening in 2009, including a rave review rating from the magazine, “Conde Nast Traveler”, the building was a victim of timing, opening at a time when the city of Chicago was in the throes of a financial recession that hit the luxury sectors particularly hard. After two years in business, the Elysian had yet to turn a profit, and the building was sold and converted into a member of the Waldorf Astoria hotel brand.

The Elysian Hotel was the first in what was going to be a worldwide chain of hotels and although that plan did not come into fruition, the 51 luxury condominiums that were located in the upper floors of the building proved quite popular, and even managed to sell out in a timely manner at a time when the rest of Chicago’s luxury real estate developments struggled to find buyers. When the Elysian Hotel was converted into the Waldorf Astoria, the condominiums came under this brand name as well.


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