Public Chicago, USA
Fresh from launching his Editions group, boutique hotel king Ian Schrager has opened the first property of new, more affordable hotel chain in the US. Working with interior designer Anda Andrei, he has completely overhauled the Ambassador East hotel, built in 1926, whose famous Pump Room restaurant was frequented by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and John F Kennedy. The new hotel's 285 rooms, are classic, clean and comfortable - 'we are not trying to be hip - in fact we are anti-hip,' says Schrager - and start from a modest $135 a night. Meanwhile, the supper club-inspired Pump Room has been reinvigorated by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who has also devised a gourmet takeaway service: the Public Express.
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Writer: Sara Henrichs