Baltimore, Chicago, San Diego and Los Angeles properties shine

L’Auberge Del Mar–San Diego spent nearly $4 million on renovations to make business guests feel at home at the seaside resort.

“Our goal was to create a casual beach-inspired ambiance that allows our business and meetings guests to unwind and revel in their surroundings,” said Bob Harter, director of sales and marketing for L’Auberge Del Mar. “Our latest upgrades take a cue from the surf, sand and sun.”

Reminiscent of a private seaside estate, the hotel has 121 guest rooms and 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor event space, including two ballrooms with terraces, and six meeting rooms. Some of the hotel’s renovations include modern crystal chandeliers, pebble-motif carpeting and custom-designed wall coverings. Contemporary furnishings, bold modern artwork, nautical white-wood cabinetry and crystal lighting—selected by interior designer Barclay Butera—enhance the hotel’s serene setting.

For relaxation, L’Auberge offers a 5,000-square-foot, full-service, beach house-style spa. There’s also a private path for easy access to the Pacific Ocean. A pool, fitness center and tennis courts provide cardio activities, while Kitchen 1540 restaurant and poolside Bleu Bar bring appetizers and cocktails to guests.

Hotel Palomar Los Angeles–Beverly Hills has dedicated its $12 million property-wide renovation to a star-studded theme. Throughout the 264-room hotel, the interior decor incorporates visual props and on-screen images to highlight Hollywood’s film industry.

The main lobby features an indoor fire pit inside an abstract camera lens. The rich, new look from Dawson Designs Associates incorporates natural colors throughout. Flexible meeting spaces, totaling 5,000 sq. ft., blend the leather-bound tastes of Hollywood’s iconic movie moguls with colorful modern artwork. The result: a contemporary art-deco style with relaxing event spaces focused on Zen-like working and learning. Pool tables in the game room and ultra-high-definition TVs are provided throughout the venue. Double Take restaurant offers culinary trends—from Haas avocado fries to Tuscan black kale.

Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley embodies Maryland’s Colonial heritage. A modern $15 million renovation blends the state’s past with today’s high-tech meeting spaces. The hotel has 392 guest rooms and 30,000 sq. ft. of event space.

The former Hunt Valley Inn offers free Wi-Fi and 16 meeting rooms, including two ballrooms. The hotel’s casual restaurant features American fare and local craft beers. It has a fitness center, and indoor and outdoor pools, and is located near three golf courses.

The hotel is 30 miles from Baltimore International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BMI), National Aquarium and Camden Yards, where Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles play. The hotel is close to the U.S. capitol and located near a dozen top-ranked universities, including Loyola University Maryland and Johns Hopkins University.

Marriott Marquis Chicago is scheduled to open in fall 2017. The Gensler-designed hotel, a tribute to modern architecture, is connected directly to McCormick Place, reportedly the largest convention center in the United States. The slender, 40-story property overlooks Lake Michigan and South Loop. It boasts 1,205 high-tech-equipped guest rooms and 93,000 sq. ft. of event space, including 43,000 sq. ft. of breakout meeting rooms and two 25,000-square-foot ballrooms. An event area on the 33rd floor offers 4,000 sq. ft. of space, and floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views of the Windy City and lakefront below.

The Marriott Marquis has high-speed, fiber-optic cabling and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. Marriott Reward members can use exclusive workspace areas and receive complimentary breakfasts.