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Brief Published: 27 Sep 2011

Schrager's Low-Cost Chain


Renowned American hotelier Ian Schrager has opened the doors to the first hotel of his new low-cost Public brand.

The Public Chicago is Schrager’s interpretation of the Ambassador East Hotel. The hotel mixes elements of luxury, boutique and select services. The selling point is its combination of sharp design and affordable rates, from just $195 a night.

Rooms are compact, simple and stylish. A Public Express room service offers guests low-cost meals delivered in paper bags, while the hotel’s restaurant offers reasonably priced dishes during the day, and a historically-inspired supper club in the evenings.

Public opens following the hotelier’s decision to abandon his Edition brand, launched in collaboration with the Marriott. The Waikiki Edition Hotel in Hawaii was seized by the owners of the property, from whom Marriott rent the venue, this summer. However, earlier in September, a court ordered Marriott to be allowed back onto the premises. At Edition’s inception, Marriott predicted it would open 100 hotels in 10 years. However, the chain currently boasts just two, in Hawaii and Istanbul.

Read Stylus’ Interview with hotelier Ian Schrager, and find out more about the design of his properties in our interview with interior designers Hirsch Bedner Associates’ principal designer, Inge Moore.

The Public Chicago