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Ms. McConnell

Emily McConnell

Spa Director, Dana Hotel and Spa

With over ten years of experience in the spa industry, Emily McConnell brings a strong background in dedicated leadership as well as aesthetics to the spa at the Dana Hotel and Spa. Ms. McConnell has previously worked as an aesthetician and a spa manager at a variety of prestigious Resort Spas in Chicago. Realizing at a young age that the spa industry was her passion, Ms. McConnell first attended Eastern Michigan University to earn a degree in Business. Shortly after college, Ms. McConnell traveled throughout Australia, Asia and Europe to research spa practices and treatments of diverse cultures. After working in the industry, Ms. McConnell decided to gain a more intimate knowledge of spa processes and operations. She went back to school to earn her Esthetic's License at Pivot Point International. She continues to use that vast knowledge and background to uphold the Dana Hotel and Spa name when it comes to quality and prestige. Ms. McConnell coordinates the development and technique of the spa treatments offered, and continuously researches new methods and products while referencing her extensive experience in esthetics.

Ms. McConnell can be contacted at 312-202-6064 or emcconnell@danahotelandspa.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.