Hotel Chicago West Loop appoints Jean-Luc Laramie as general manager

Amy Horsfield By Amy Horsfield
28 March 2019 | Updated 28 March 2019

US: Hotel Chicago West Loop has announced the appointment of Jean-Luc Laramie as general manager.

Jean-Luc Laramie said:"This is not your typical hotel. While we may not have all the bells and whistles, we have a colourful culture that cannot be replicated. It's exactly the sort of thing today's contemporary traveller appreciates!"

Branded The Annex, the art concept at the 116-room Hotel Chicago West Loop on Jackson Blvd  features a collection of 2-D media spread throughout the property in addition to exhibitions like guestroom street murals painted by urban artists and a rotating gallery currently features therapeutic artworks by patients with catastrophic impairments from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Laramie added: "We are Hotel Chicago West Loop. The diversity of art represented here is a tribute to the distinct neighbourhoods that all together make up this great city."

The Annex is open to the public for daily tours, and in support of the arts, 10 per cent of the regular room rate is donated to a local arts non-profit when a guestroom is booked with the special rate code "ANNEX".   

In addition to the hotel's art emphasis, Laramie also beams about the diverse staff and the cultural impact they impart on the guest experience.

He said: "I encourage all of our employees to be themselves. It's about allowing our team to express themselves as individuals, like selecting their own musical choices in the lobby, so they feel comfortable while assisting guests in their own personal way. People remember genuine interaction."

Michael Payne, EVP of operations for Portfolio Hotels & Resorts, added: "We are excited that Jean-Luc is now leading the team at Hotel Chicago West Loop. His passion for hospitality and understanding of the millennial guest is a perfect match for this colourful boutique hotel that celebrates Chicago's artistic essence."

Laramie started his career in restaurants before entering the hotel world in 2009. Laramie began his hotel career with a manager-in-training program in Amman, Jordan. When he returned to the States, Laramie enrolled at Kendall College in Chicago and studied hotel management while working as a bellman at night. After graduation he began working at the front desk, then moving on to concierge, night audit, manager on duty, supervisor, front desk manager, and operations manager.

Hotel Chicago West Loop employs a unique training regime for new hires which focuses not only on their duties but also shows how each job integrates throughout the business.

Laramie added: "By involving our employees in our vision, it becomes their vision too. Our staff brings together different cultures and different experiences. Like the unique artwork found around the hotel, we celebrate individuality and continually try to learn from each other."

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