CHICAGO - Sable at Navy Pier, which marks the 100th property milestone for Curio Collection by Hilton, a portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts in premier destinations around the world, is officially opening its doors to the public on Thursday, March 18. Sable at Navy Pier is the first hotel to break ground and make waves on one of the city’s most iconic and historic landmarks, offering sweeping, unparalleled views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline, truly unlike any other. Developed and operated by Maverick Hotels and Restaurants and led by ACRON USA, this remarkable project that only comes around once also joins local favorite Offshore, the World’s Largest Rooftop Bar as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, and numerous restaurants, shops and boutiques at Navy Pier.
This high-end oasis at 900 East Grand Avenue combines lush accommodations with elegance and comfort. With an innovative and historically sensitive design by KOO, the hotel features 223 guest rooms and suites beautifully-appointed with a nautical theme that incorporates the naval history of the city’s pier, with weathered brass, ship building materials and the use of smooth curves to illustrate that of a ship’s interior cabin, along with a color palette of mixed neutrals which are highlighted by a spectrum of blues and blue-greens to pay homage to the lake. Each room boasts floor to ceiling windows with unparalleled lake and skyline views, along with corner room upgrades, serenity beds, and spacious living room areas. The angled surfaces of each room’s window seat create a textured exterior that allows the ever-changing range of light, shadow, and color of the lake to reflect within the space, offering a truly unique perspective for locals and out of towners alike.
“I could not be more thrilled to be at the helm of such a unique and monumental hotel. The Sable will truly serve as an international destination in Chicago, considered one of the top cities in the world,” said Laurent Boisdron, general manager, Sable at Navy Pier Chicago. ”We look forward to sharing the extraordinary views, design and excellent service that Curio Collection is known for and always achieves.”
Boisdron and his team will open the hotel with a splash: an exclusive experience with the property’s first five inaugural guests receiving VIP check-in, a complimentary upgrade to one of the hotel’s 27 corner rooms, complimentary breakfast for two, and a bottle of Spanish Cava.
“We have long envisioned a hotel transforming this iconic cultural destination into a place where overnight guests can experience the most spectacular views of our lakefront and city. We are so thrilled that it has come to fruition,” said Marilynn Gardner, president and CEO, Navy Pier. “The opening of this one-of-a-kind destination hotel and accompanying restaurant comes at a time when our city is ready to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and guests from the region look to resume travel. Sable at Navy Pier will serve as the perfect respite and complementary addition to the many other treasured experiences at the Pier year round.”
With more than 4,300 square feet of meeting and event space, Sable at Navy Pier is poised to host the city’s most elegant weddings, parties and functions. The hotel was strategically designed to have three separate towers so guests looking to host an event have the option to rent an entire wing of the hotel to enjoy extra space and privacy.
“As we celebrate the 100th Curio Collection opening, we are delighted to welcome guests to Sable Navy Pier, a truly extraordinary property that sits on one of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks,” said Jenna Hackett, global brand head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “Embracing the storied heritage and culture of its locale, this new property is another example of how Curio Collection serves travelers seeking one-of-a-kind, curated experiences and continues to expand our portfolio in the world’s most sought-after destinations.”
The name Sable is an homage to the historical vessel. During World War II, Navy Pier served as a training center for new recruits in the United States Navy and the homeport for USS Sable. Today, Lake Michigan surrounding Navy Pier is said to host over 143 aircraft assemblages that still remain within its depth, representing the largest and most preserved groups of U.S. Navy sunken historic aircraft in the world.
As part of Curio Collection by Hilton, Sable at Navy Pier embraces the industry-leading Hilton CleanStay and Hilton EventReady with CleanStay programs, reinforcing a commitment to the wellbeing of both guests and team members. Guests can travel with peace of mind from check-in to check-out and enjoy an even safer and cleaner stay, with new procedures including contactless digital check-in and a Hilton CleanStay room seal to indicate that the room has not been entered since being thoroughly cleaned.
“ACRON considers The Sable Hotel at Navy Pier to be one of our “trophy projects” over our 40-year history,” stated Peer Bender, CEO of ACRON. “We are thrilled to present this spectacular hotel to the City of Chicago and all of its visitors.”
Sable at Navy Pier is also part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, exclusive member discounts, free standard Wi-Fi and access to the Hilton Honors mobile app.
About Sable at Navy Pier, Curio Collection by Hilton
Perched astride one of Chicago’s most beloved and iconic destinations, Sable at Navy Pier, Curio Collection by Hilton, is poised to become one of the city’s most iconic hotels. Bringing together world-class accommodations and spectacular city and Lake Michigan views, the property offers patrons 223 guest room and suite options which feature floor to ceiling windows that allow for unbeatable views in every room, along with corner room upgrades, serenity beds, and spacious living room areas, plus over 44,150 square feet of corporate, banquet, and restaurant event space, as well as on-site dining concepts including the world’s largest rooftop restaurant & bar recognized by Guinness Book of Records, Offshore Rooftop & Bar. With walking proximities to The Navy Pier Fireworks, the Children’s Museum, The Crystal Gardens and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Sable at Navy Pier will serve patrons in need of a safe staycation option, as well as those traveling in and out of town for business, leisure, and upcoming events as they begin to appear.
About Maverick Hotels & Restaurants
Headquartered in Chicago and Boston, Maverick Hotels & Restaurants is a national developer and operator of distinctive hotel, resort and dining properties, focused on impeccable operations, understanding the unique needs of owners and unparalleled appeal to consumers. The firm’s portfolio and development pipeline include flagship property Sable at Navy Pier, a Curio Collection by Hilton, which is home to the world’s largest rooftop bar. Company Founder & CEO Robert J. Habeeb, CHA and President & COO Robin Kirk have more than 60 years combined institutional and entrepreneurial
experience in the hotel industry, including in development, investment and operations.
For more information, visit www.maverickhotelsandrestaurants.com
ACRON Group, a USA and Swiss based Real Estate Owner and Investment Manager, is developing and building the four-star hotel ‘The Sable at Navy Pier’ coupled with THE exclusive rooftop bar called ‘OFFSHORE’. ‘OFFSHORE’ is the largest rooftop bar and restaurant in the United States. According to Greg W. Wilson, President and CEO of ACRON Group’s USA operations, the Hotel along with Chicago’s best-known hotspot, ‘OFFSHORE’, will no doubt be one of the top destinations in Chicago. Further, Peer Bender, CEO of ACRON AG and responsible for ACRON Group’s operations in Europe, additionally noted that ACRON is particularly unique in that where other companies might see difficulties, we discover untapped potential. To the point, no one has ever built a Hotel and the like of the ‘Offshore’ Roof-Top venue before on the famous Navy Pier.
About Navy Pier
Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top nonprofit tourism destination in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and typically welcoming nearly 9 million annual guests. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. The Pier recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with the unveiling of the iconic Centennial Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2021, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing Pier-wide redevelopment efforts—including Sable, a 223-room Hilton hotel, new restaurants and partnerships, and thrilling additions to Pier Park. The Pier is also proud to continue providing free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. While Navy Pier has been temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the iconic destination is slated to reopen later this spring with ample public health and safety measures in place. In the meantime, click here to donate to Navy Pier, a mission-driven 501(c)(3) organization, in support of the organization’s post-pandemic revival and free public programming. For more information, visit www.navypier.org.
Navy Pier Mission Statement
Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.
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