Richard Branson is Fixing Everything We Hate About Living in Hotels

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Virgin’s first hotel has opened in Chicago and it is everything anyone has ever wanted in a hotel.

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To start off, the rooms have exceptional minibars that stock personal favorites such as Peanut M&M’S, red wine, and even precautionary Emergen-C, all sold at street prices. That means you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg the next morning when you realize you came back from a crazy night out and ravaged the minibar.

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While Wi-Fi is something we usually take for granted at home, it’s something we pray is free when we stay in hotels. Though most hotels will have you purchase a package for internet service that is limited to two devices, the Virgin hotel has free and open Wi-Fi throughout the premises. The Virgin Hotel website declares that “Bandwidth is a right, not a revenue stream.” Thank the lord.

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Ever walked into your hotel room after checking in and thought to yourself, “I need an upgrade”? Well, at Virgin’s hotel, it’s not necessary. They offer “chambers,” not rooms.

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Each chamber consists of at least two rooms that includes a sleeping area and a smaller area for wardrobe storage and getting ready (separated by a sliding door).

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These chambers were designed for the female traveler in mind and typically feels roomier than a standard hotel room in Chicago.

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The hotel is located above the Loop portion of the Chicago L and has been renovated from a historic bank building designed by C.W. and George Rapp.

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It’s a chic and tastefully designed hotel that blends the old with the new to create its own aesthetic.

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On the lobby floor, you can see where bank tellers used to sit and the check-in desk is the original cigar bar and candy stand from the bank.

There is even a red Tesla Model S  available as a town car that will drop you off within a two-mile radius of the hotel. It’s available on a first-come first-serve basis.

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Source: Yahoo

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