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Chicago’s Number One Hotel Rebrands Itself as Waldorf Astoria

2/9/12 | by

It was just named “Number One Hotel in the United States” by Conde Nast Traveler and “Best Overall Hotel in the US” by Trip Advisor’s 2012 “Traveler’s Choice” awards, but that hasn’t stopped the Elysian Hotel from rebranding itself.

On Tuesday it officially changed its name to the Waldorf Astoria Chicago.

The change comes in part as the parent company of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, bought the Elysian Hotel last year.

The Elysian has to be one of our favorite hotels in Chicago. And while the transition is a bit sad, we’re not really attached to the name so much. In fact, the name Waldorf Astoria Chicago has a pretty nice ring to it. So as long as nothing else changes about this fabulous hotel, and that seems to be the plan, we’re all for the name change.

The only visible changes that anyone will see at the hotel will be the name and logo on the towels, bathrobes, room keys and outdoor sign. The hotel’s award-winning restaurant Ria, the spa, bar and lobby will all stay the same.

Their website has already made the transition, which we have to say looks quite nice actually.

We already took the liberty of checking out the hotel rates, which are currently starting at $395. A little out of our price range... but if you can afford that kind of luxury, more power to ya!

The Waldorf Astoria is best known for its original, exclusive, ultra luxurious location in New York City, which opened up back in 1893. And although many will probably hate this transition, we are enthusiastic for this luxury hotel chain to establish itself in Chi-Town.