The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is pleased to announce the appointment of Iris Junge as General Manager. As the newest appointed leader on the executive leadership team, Junge will drive forward the luxury hotel’s mission of delivering unparalleled guest experiences while maintaining a dynamic environment for all employees.
Iris Junge, General Manager
Prior to this role, Junge served as the General Manager for the Allegro Royal Sonesta, previously the Kimpton Hotel Allegro, in Chicago. She also served as the Assistant General Manager of Hotel Allegro where she supported the hotel’s overall operations, finances and development of a high-performance team. Originally from Germany, Iris has over 20 years of hospitality experience working with Wyndham, Hard Rock, Starwood and InterContinental Hotels.
Junge knew from a very early age growing up in Germany that she was attracted to the hospitality industry and hotels in particular. Growing up with a father who worked in the travel industry, Junge had many opportunities to travel and visit a wide variety of hotels. The experiences ultimately sparked a sense of excitement for the travel industry and set her career trajectory in hospitality, where she finds joy to this day.
“As I step into my role at The Gwen, I am excited to bring new ideas to the table and contribute to the ongoing success of this incredible property,” said Junge. “Hospitality is all about forming and strengthening relationships and I’m looking forward to inspiring our team and getting involved in the community to do wonderful things in Chicago.”
Junge is on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, as well as on the Advisory Board for the DANK Haus, a cultural organization located in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. She also supports the IHLA Educational Foundation and is a member of the IHLA Women in Lodging Chapter. Junge holds a Certificate from Cornell for Sales Growth and is a Certified Revenue Management Executive through HSMAI.
Inspired by the storied history of Chicago’s grand hotels, The Gwen, is an Art Deco haven wrapped in 21st century amenities, located in the landmarked McGraw-Hill building on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Recognized by many esteemed travel organizations over the years, The Gwen’s mission is to be one of the best boutique hotels in Chicago and beyond. The new 1,300 square foot outdoor space, The Gallery Terrace is adjacent to the 6th floor Gallery Ballroom with spectacular views of the Chicago skyline. The Gallery Terrace is a stunning addition to the hotel’s collection of special event venues.