We believe in authentic flavor and celebrate true neighborhood character; not just the thoroughfares but the intriguing side streets. Our growing collection of independent hotels are remarkable in every way. Like the cities they inhabit, each Aparium hotel is unique—engaging, inspiring, individual, and real.
Our singular, community driven and collaborative approach to hospitality creates properties that are integral pieces of the cities they inhabit. From concepting and design to branding and management our unyielding excitement and infectious enthusiasm for our hotels comes through in every lobby, every room, every restaurant, every bar—every experience our guests have.
Aparium was founded in 2011 by Chicago hospitality executive and entrepreneur Mario Tricoci and luxury hotel veteran Kevin Robinson. The duo saw a clear need for a company that could bring C-suite service and accommodations to underserved—yet distinct and important—cities while maintaining and celebrating the unadulterated character of each. Driven by the belief that all hospitality experiences should be fueled by the poetics of their surroundings, Aparium was born with an intense focus on unearthing the amazing moments unique to every city.
Since its founding, Aparium has grown into a new kind of hotel brand—one that ventures off the beaten path, both geographically and philosophically. It is a sophisticated hotel brand known for its singular ability to combine the business acumen of large hospitality companies with the charm of boutique hotels, bringing the disparate forces together in bustling, smaller markets.
Tricoci and Robinson’s capabilities and flair were never more prominently on display than during their time as co-developers, owners and operators of the highly acclaimed Elysian Hotel in Chicago.
Opening its doors in 2009 on the under-explored outskirts of Chicago’s Gold Coast, the Elysian, with its cobblestone courtyard and allusions to the grand hotels of 1920’s Paris, quickly drew the interest, praise and admiration of most every hotel brand, hotel publication, rating service, and the public at large. With its remarkable designs, operations, and vision, the Elysian won numerous awards including being ranked number one in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, earning a AAA 5 Diamond, and in 2013 netting a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee provided Aparium’s first proving ground for its progressive hospitality philosophy. Recently voted one of the top 25 hotels in the United States, The Iron Horse has become the leader and a standard of excellence in the booming independent hotel industry and remains a prime example of the complete Aparium experience. The Iron Horse is the embodiemient of Aparium’s signature Translocal Hospitality, Owner Collaboration, and Intuitive Service model.
A tremendous compliment of openings is scheduled in the coming years in important locations as diverse as the oft written about downtown Detroit; the burgeoning North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis; the flourishing Crossroads district in Kansas City; the eclectic and diverse town of Montclair; La Crosse—one of the most exciting small cities in America—and Covington, a dynamic urban enclave serving Northern Kentucky and the greater Cincinnati area. Aparium’s unexpected experiences are poised to become important catalysts in the resurgence of many great American cities. Aparium aims to celebrate the true entrepreneurial spirit of each city with every new opening while adding the passion, commitment, and care Aparium is known for to the ever-changing cultural landscape.