The Ritz-Carlton name has long been synonymous with the idea of a luxury hotel. So has its competitor, Four Seasons. The two brands, which often receive coveted four and five star ratings from systems like Forbes Travel Guide and AAA, often vie for top bookings among leisure and business travelers alike. The brands are separate, yet mostly equal in terms of service and amenities, and nearly so in terms of size–Ritz-Carlton has 88 hotels, Four Seasons has 94. As one might expect, that leads to some serious competition.

Chicago is a famous example — the Ritz-Carlton hotel there has been managed by the Four Seasons since 1977. In August, however,  the property will become a full participant in The Ritz-Carlton hotel portfolio and all of its programs. An extensive renovation of its public space and guest rooms is planned over the next two years.

“We are delighted to welcome The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago into our family of award-winning luxury hotels,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.  “This will give our loyal customers access to one of the finest addresses in the great city of Chicago.  After the extensive renovation that is planned, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago will take its place among the truly iconic luxury hotels in the United States.”

We look forward to seeing the changes!