A total transformation.
The goal was to establish a contemporary, luxury boutique hotel that was also comfortable and authentic to Eau Claire. Nearly every inch of the 8-story building has been remodeled. Composite metal panels in four shades of black were used in conjunction with pre-weathered copper-colored steel. A reimagined, signature entry sequence takes advantage of the hotel’s strong main street presence. The façade opens to the street, providing vibrant indoor/outdoor activity.
Operated by Hilton, the floor plates and circulation patterns were changed to enhance the guest experience, creating connections between floors and specialty amenities like a 14,000SF convention center. The interior features modern industrial design elements, textures and colors inspired by nature, and art made by local artists. With a boutique vibe, the hotel includes various eating options including a coffee shop, farm-to-fork restaurant and second floor bar and patio.
The 112 rooms feature large windows, modern amenities with furnishings that provide a modern appearance using natural wood and pale colors. The walls feature reproductions of 1920s newspapers from Lismore, Australia, Eau Claire’s sister city from which the hotel was named. Since opening in June 2016, the hotel has led an upswing in the Eau Claire economy and has been prominently featured in travel magazines.