If you ever looked closely at the formal name of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, located on the top floors of Michigan Avenue’s Water Tower Place, you would have noticed it was “The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel).”
Confusing, right? Especially since the Four Seasons Chicago is right up the street.
But the confusion will end in August, when The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago drops its Four Seasons affiliation and becomes a full member of Ritz-Carlton, which is a subsidiary of Marriott. After the change is made in August, guests will be able to book the hotel through the Ritz-Carlton website, and will be able to earn points in the Ritz-Carlton Rewards program.
Although Ritz-Carlton has its own loyalty plan, it is partnered with Marriott Rewards, so that guests can earn and redeem points in either program.
The hotel will also get an “extensive renovation” over the next two years, Marriott said. Rates at the hotel start around $500.
How did the confusing affiliation start? According to Wikipedia, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago licensed the Ritz name when it opened in 1975, but there was no Ritz-Carlton chain at the time, so it joined the Four Seasons group — which started in the early 1960s — where it remains today.
Have you ever stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago? What did you think?