This is a beautiful, upscale hotel with fresh flowers (orchids, no less) in the lobby and a restaurant on site. The bedding was very comfortable and the bathroom was spa-like. The staff was friendly and helpful.
The primary downside for me is the "ice" situation. In an effort to be "green", the hotel did not have ice available to guests unless you called room service or asked for it in the restaurant or at the front desk. And because the ice was given to you in an uninsulated bucket without a lid, it quickly melted.
This hotel is located in an "office park". There are two restaurants within walking distance of the hotel in addition to Sugar Toad, which is located in the hotel. There is a lake with a walking path around it, but otherwise a person without a car is isolated.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Arista, affiliated with Preferred Hotels & Resorts, is the Illinois’ first LEED-certified hotel and serves as the focal point of CityGate Centre, a one-million-square-foot, mixed-use lifestyle center. The hotel features 144 rooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a state of the art fitness center, salon, spa and three restaurants including SugarToad, Tap In and CityGate Grille. ... more less
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