Hospitality is one of the hallmarks of Naperville. So it only makes sense that there are numerous excellent lodging establishments in and around the city, including a bed and breakfast, boutique hotels and large nationally-known hotels/convention facilities.Harrison House Bed & Breakfast
The Harrison House Bed & Breakfast was built in 1904 as wedding gift from Henry Herman Mickenbecker to his bride, Amelia Heltzer. They raised eight children in the elegant home.
For the past three years, Debbie and Mark Browning have owned the home as a bed and breakfast. Debbie takes care of the daily operations, along with her assistant innkeeper and special event manager, Diane Baldus. The B&B features six specially-themed guest bedrooms with six ensuite bathrooms, many more than it had when the Mickenbeckers lived there.
“The Harrisons bought the home in 1986 and converted it into a bed and breakfast to provide a special place for people to stay in downtown Naperville – a place where people can relax and enjoy the easy, pampered life of a bygone era. After a decade and-a-half of running it with only two bathrooms, they made major renovations. But they kept the historical integrity and charm of the house, including the beautiful woodwork and the massive pocket doors. It is still as charming as it always was,” Browning said.
Today the B&B attracts visitors from around the globe, as well as around the Chicago area. Most of the B&B guests have stayed numerous times, returning to enjoy exceptional service, scrumptious breakfasts, and comfortable rooms – all in an elegant, historical B&B.
“We have visitors on weekend get-aways, business travelers and parents visiting students at area colleges,” Browning said. “We also host intimate weddings, business meetings and bridal and baby showers quite regularly.”
“Our assistant innkeeper is an experienced special events planner who superbly manages and coordinates these events in our yard and gardens, on our large porch and in our dining room and connecting parlor,” she added. “We also often have brides and bridesmaids getting ready here and some even have their “first look” photos taken on our property.”
Browning is particularly proud of the fact that the Harrison House prepares and serves guest delicious breakfasts and special event meals using the freshest natural and organic ingredients with chef-inspired recipes and is a virtually toxic-free, green establishment. All laundry is done in-house to prevent harmful chemicals from being used; organic and plant-based cleaning products are used exclusively; and guests’ special dietary restrictions are accommodated.
Hilton Lisle Naperville
The 309-room Hilton Lisle Naperville is the only hotel in the area with the distinction of still being owned by the man who built it over 35 years ago. That man is Frank Allgauer and one of his famous Allgauer’s restaurants caters to hotel guests 365 days each year.
The Hilton Lisle Naperville also offers approximately 20,000 square feet of meeting space where many meetings are held for the surrounding corporations and weddings and other parties are often held for surrounding residents and organizations. The largest banquet room can accommodate up to 420 guests.
On the cutting edge of technology, the Hilton Lisle Naperville furnishes its guests with complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet in their rooms, a plethora of television and movie offerings and a unique digital key program that allows guests to choose their room and check in from a mobile phone and then access their room through their phone, instead of stopping at the front desk, according to Richard Brink, general manager.
“We may be high-tech, but we are also very old school when it comes to customer service,” he said. The hotel also boasts a scratch kitchen where fresh food is brought in daily and prepared under the direction of Charlie Trotter-trained Chef Nick Landeweer.
“We are constantly fine-tuning our service and accommodations,” Brink said.
Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk
Downtown Naperville is graced by the one-year-old, 158-room Hotel Indigo located along the DuPage River. In addition to guest rooms, it features the Plank Bar and Kitchen, a fitness facility, a ballroom that can seat up to 250 people, a Sparrow Coffee, the Santo Cielo rooftop bar, an indoor garage with 525 covered spaces and four Tesla charging stations, as well as an ultra-high-end 2,600-square-foot Spa Solaia, which is due to open in fall 2017.
As part of the Water Street development, it is adjacent to a number of high-end stores and restaurants like Southern Tide, London Skye, Quiubo Mexican restaurant, SixtyFour – A Wine Bar, the Blue Sushi and Sake Grill, and all are in close proximity to the north side of downtown Naperville.
“The hotel is so architecturally picturesque and stunning and fits beautifully in our historic Naperville. That is what I am hearing the guests say,” said Syed E. Hasan, general manager.
The hotel is managed by the Intercontinental Hotels Group, with the global office based in Denham, United Kingdom, and its ownership and investors are represented by Marquette Companies. The Water Street District project has been Naperville’s largest development to date totaling approximately $100 million.
The Hotel Indigo brand was initiated in 2003. All Hotel Indigo properties are unique and tied to the neighborhoods where they are located. “They are luxury and boutique hotels with stunning room designs,” Hasan said. “When you book a reservation at a Hotel Indigo, you are booking a complete lifestyle and a luxury experience on Water Street that is unrivaled in the region.”
The Hotel Arista is an independent, privately-owned 144-room boutique hotel with a full-service spa and salon, five restaurants and a health club, located on a 32-acre campus. It is the only Four-Star Forbes hotel property within Naperville, according to Pierre-Louis Giacotto, general manager.
“We pride ourselves on the fact that we are a full-service hotel with 15,000 square feet of meeting space that hosts individual guests, corporate groups and lots of weddings and other social events,” he said. “Our award-winning hotel is the first LEED-certified hotel in Illinois, offering luxury accommodations, modern meeting space, gourmet dining and world-class services.”
Restaurants on the property are wide ranging and include Sugar Toad, the Tap In Pub and Carvery, Kafenio Café, CityGate Grille and Lavazza.
As one recent guest wrote, “I recently traveled for business and had car trouble in Naperville. My husband booked this hotel for me online spur of the moment. I was so pleasantly surprised! The hotel looks new with a nice modern feel. The guest room was a king. It was extremely spacious with a sitting area. The bathroom was phenomenal! There was a large soaker tub free standing and a large walk in shower. The finishes were all very high end. It was a great place to stay after a stressful business trip.”