The suite life: Venus Williams designs a personalized wellness suite

Venus Williams (creidt: Anna Bialkowska via WIkipedia)
Venus Williams (creidt: Anna Bialkowska via WIkipedia)

If you’re not a total design maven, you might not know that Venus Williams is also a design maven. The tennis superstar is an interior design aficionado with exquisite taste, even running her own firm called V Starr Interiors.

Williams’ most recent project? A hotel suite curated for her dream weekend of wellness and relaxation. Williams’ firm was tapped as part of a renovation of the Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago that will see the hotel’s fitness complex revamped, as well as the addition of a second hotel, The Hotel At Midtown, where the V Suite is located.

“Nowadays everyone is trying to live a healthier life so it’s really the perfect combination of mixing hospitality with health and wellness,” Williams said in a statement.

The hotel, opening this fall, features a massive gym and athletic complex designed by DMAC Architecture including a luxurious spa, an indoor pool, and V Starr-designed tennis club. These amenities, along with a number of boutique fitness programs, are designed to help guests enjoy a healthy holiday getaway.

At the end of a long, fitness-filled day, retire to the V Suite, and let the five-star relaxation begin.

The one-bedroom suite is all about winding down, from its soothing emerald green, dark gray, and cream color scheme to the minimalistic artwork that lines the walls.

“The main art is the interior architecture, using texture and softness to really create a mood,” says V Starr’s design director, Sonya Haffey.

The living space is perfect for relaxing with a book, watching a movie, or using as an impromptu workspace. With brutalist influences and a touch of Nordic design, the space is all about sleek lines, dark wooden details, and metallic accents.

In the bedroom, floor-to-ceiling windows give way to a stellar view and amazing light (if you’re a light sleeper, don’t panic, there are black-out curtains!). The backdrop to the poster frame bed is a custom textured wall, giving the space a playful feel. You’ll find gorgeous statement lighting throughout the suite.

The V Suite has all of the amenities and design details that Williams looks for when she’s on a glamorous getaway.

She added a few touches that make the space feel more livable, like a walk-in closet and a vanity in the white-marble bathroom.

“It’s really an opportunity to feel right at home,” Williams said. “It’s a retreat, so we really focused on setting a mood that would appeal to so many different kinds of guests no matter what your style was.”

You can relax in the V Suite starting on November 1 for $600 a night. Before you book, take a tour of the rest of the property, designed by DMAC Architecture, below.

The tennis lounge is full of energy and an electric color scheme to match. Relax here and watch the pros at work on the tennis court.

The athletic facilities will be open to both hotel guests and club members.

There is also a space for group exercise.
An indoor pool.
A mind and body room.
A restaurant with outdoor seating.
And a yoga studio.