Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hotel Arista - City slicker digs in Chicago 'burb worth a stay

Hotel Arista
2139 CityGate Lane (at I-88 and Rt. 59)
Naperville, Il. 60563                                                                     

By Jane Feehan
City Gate

Holding best-hotel-in-town distinction, Hotel Arista provides a modern counterpoint to nearby historic downtown Naperville, Illinois. It’s owned by Calamos, a global investment manager, located on the same campus.

The hotel, 28 miles from Chicago, attracts business travelers to the area, home base to a long list of
corporations. Rates are reasonable, amenities such as free WiFi and a fitness center abound, and a few excellent restaurants help maintain Hotel Arista’s popularity.

Several restaurants on campus draw area residents as well as business types. Upscale Sugar Toad, and Zorbas operate in the hotel. Zorba offers good food, a great bar menu and stays open until 1 a.m.  A modern tavern, Tap In, is in the same building and CityGate Grille, also a Calamos property, sits a short walk from Arista. With a lake view, and a sleek, earthy-toned interior, this eatery serves up sophisticated fare to match. Original art lines the entrance to CityGate Grille; these paintings, including Anthony Quinn's self portrait, are well worth a few minutes of study.

Hotel Arista, with its luxury decor, outstanding staff, and good food also serves as a popular venue for weddings and business events. 

Naperville, the hotel's home, offers attractions for the entire family. There’s plenty of shopping and restaurants in its historic district. Oak Center, about 10 miles away in Oak Brook, has a Macy’s and a Lord & Taylor. Mike Ditka’s restaurant lies a few blocks from the mall.  Train service runs regularly on METRA to Chicago.

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