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Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc Spending a Combined $50 million to Renovate
the Millennium Bostonian and Millennium Knickerbocker Hotels

January 29, 2008 (Boston, MA and Chicago, IL) – The year ahead will be full of change for two properties in the Millennium Hotels & Resorts portfolio -- and all of it for the best.  A combined $50 million renovation begins this month at the Millennium Bostonian Hotel in Boston and Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago, completely transforming both hotels to bring stylish, high-quality details to the hotel experience. Each hotel's renovation will play off the pulse of the city that surrounds it, and in the case of Millennium Knickerbocker, the history of the property itself.
Both properties will be fully functional and welcoming guests while their renovations unfold, with completion and individual “grand re-openings” anticipated for summer 2008.
“The renovations at our hotels in Boston and Chicago are just the beginning of Millennium’s new brand-wide focus on product improvement,” said John Arnett, CEO of Millennium Hotels & Resorts.  “We look forward to unveiling a new, upscale look for Millennium at these properties this summer and to additional hotels in the near future.”
New and returning guests will have much to discover at the newly renovated Millennium Knickerbocker and Millennium Bostonian Hotels, including:
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago: The landmark hotel on Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile is embarking on a multi-million dollar renovation that will bring a rich, detailed look to all guest rooms and public areas. Designed by Jinnie Kim Design of Boston (guest rooms) and Interior Design Workshop of San Francisco (public areas), the new look will evoke the elegance and vivacity of the 1920s and 1930s – harkening back to the hotel’s opening in 1927 – albeit with a functional and forward-looking feel. Characteristic elements of Art Deco, like bold metal detailing, sweeping curves, and sleek ornamentation will heighten the Knickerbocker’s visual impact, while retro materials such as metal, lacquer, leather, stone, alligator skin and snakeskin will add depth, character and texture throughout the hotel.
The hotel’s lobby will focus on a centered bar featuring a 15-foot, backlit backbar set beneath two oversized beaded pendant lights and an Erte-inspired mural on a silver-leaf canvas by Evans & Brown of San Francisco. A silver metallic hue will dominate both floor tile and mosaic tile bringing the lobby’s myriad elements together, while a rich palette of deep red, charcoal, platinum and chocolate will lend opulence and glamour throughout the hotel. Guest rooms will be updated with luxury details and amenities including faux leather upholsteries; linen-like wall coverings; Sealy pillowtop bedding; Frette linens, down comforters and pillows; and 42-inch LCD televisions. 
Millennium Bostonian Hotel, Boston: Rising eight stories above historic Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, Millennium Bostonian is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation encompassing all guest rooms and public areas, as well as a thorough re-imagining of the Atrium Lounge into a sophisticated new dining venue, as yet to be named. Design work by Jinnie Kim Design of Boston (guest rooms, public areas and exterior) and CCS Architecture of New York (the new restaurant) will be inspired by local and regional influences to create a timeless design concept.  Design elements such as floating ceilings and wood-stained millwork on flooring, moldings and slat railings will make an artful statement in line with the hotel’s contemporary feel. A delicious palette of medium-toned woods and leather, accented with rich reds, will predominate in the hotel’s lobby and other public areas, setting an elegant, sophisticated and yet inviting tone throughout.
The Bostonian’s lobby will be all about comfort, albeit of a most-stylish vein, with wood flooring in contrasting colors, wood and leather wall panels, and thought-provoking and original art installations. A floating ceiling system with cove lighting and feature lighting will illuminate, while handmade area carpets, red lacquer bookcases and a comfortable “living room” with gas-burning fireplace will make guests feel right at home. The hotel’s new restaurant will feature outdoor seating, as well as operable windows that open toward the bustling markets. A floating bar will be positioned in restaurant’s foreground, with a towering, 16-foot wine rack behind it created from an edge-lit glass. The dining area will teem with banquettes, oversized pendant lights, and walnut wood blinds running floor-to-ceiling. There will also be an elegant private dining area with seating for ten. 
The hotel’s exterior will also be re-done, with additions including a new fountain made of uncoated copper with bronze patina finish, a driveway of paving stones, historic bollards in green patina, and an entranceway of French-paneled beveled glass surrounded by a chic black frame. Guest rooms will be updated with luxury details and amenities including dressing areas with table, mirror and faux leopard-skin benches; linen-like wall coverings; wood-stained millwork moldings; Sealy pillowtop bedding; Frette linens, down comforters and pillows; and 42-inch LCD televisions. 
For more information on the renovations or to make reservations at Millennium Bostonian or Millennium Knickerbocker, please call 1-866-866-8086 or visit
About Millennium Hotels & Resorts
Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR) is the North American arm of London-based Millennium and Copthorne Hotels plc (MLC).  The MHR portfolio includes 14 hotels in the U.S., offering both business and leisure travelers upscale accommodations in  premier locations from major cities to resort areas.  Hotels include the Millennium Broadway and The Premier, located in the heart of New York’s Times Square; the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles; the Millennium Bostonian, overlooking Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market in Boston; and the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, situated on Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile.  For more information or reservations, please call 866-866-8086 or visit

Millennium and Copthorne Hotels plc

Also See: Millennium Bostonian Hotel in Boston Appoints Three Executives - Including Dominique Marty as General Manager / November 2007
David Renker Named SVP of Sales & Marketing and Edgar Elliott as VP of Design & Development for Millennium Hotels & Resorts / November 2007


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