Waldorf-Astoria Expansion to Include Chicago, Washington D.C., and Amsterdam Hotels
Hilton Worldwide has purchased The Elysian Hotel Chicago, which opened in 2009, in a joint venture with Elysian principals, and is scheduled to rebrand the hotel as the Waldorf Astoria Chicago in February 2012. The 188-room hotel, situated in Chicago’s Gold Coast area, features two restaurants, a fitness center and spa, and a courtyard. Guest rooms, averaging 890 square feet in size, have fireplaces, outdoor terraces, and marble bathrooms.
Hilton is also seeking approval from the U.S. General Services Administration to transform Washington, D.C.’s circa-1900 Old Post Office Building (pictured) into a 245-room Waldorf Astoria hotel. The historic Pennsylvania Avenue building will also house high-end retailers, four restaurants, 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a fitness center, and a spa
Hilton also plans to renovate historic structures in Amsterdam, to establish a Waldorf Astoria comprising six 16th- and 17th-century buildings which front the Herengracht Canal. The hotel, scheduled to open in 2013, will include 94 guestrooms, plus restaurant, bar, health club, spa, and meeting space. Additional Waldorf Astoria hotels are scheduled to open in 2012 in Jerusalem, Berlin and Edinburgh.