The Arista Hotel and Arista Spa & Salon in Naperville are the only Illinois properties outside of Chicago to win the 2022 Forbes Star Awards

Above / Find the Arista Hotel, Naperville’s tallest building, located on the northwest side of town at CityGate Center, a green campus off I-88/Rte. 59 exchange.

Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”), the world’s only rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, announced its 2022 Star Awards this week. Naperville’s modern luxury boutique Hotel Arista received the award Forbes Travel Guide Recommended, and its Arista Spa & Salon received the Four Star award. They are presented with other winners on The Naperville hotel and spa were the only recognized Illinois properties outside of the city of Chicago.

Experience modern luxury as you step into the lobby of Naperville’s boutique hotel, the Arista.

In addition to its traditional criteria ranging from cleanliness to luxury amenities, the FTG Star Awards included sustainability criteria for hotels, first introduced in 2021, and for spas introduced this year. Although the system does not give a sustainability rating, all 25 sustainability standards for hotels and six for spas are taken into account in presenting its Star Awards.

“Today’s discerning traveler seeks luxury, but also cares about the impact of their trip on the community,” said Ryan Kingston, General Manager of the Arista Hotel. “We are thrilled that Forbes is recognizing not only a luxury experience for travelers, but also our sustainability efforts.”

Forbes magazine reported in 2021 that 70% of travelers said sustainability is improving their vacation experience, and 82% said the Covid-19 pandemic has made them want to travel more sustainably in the future.

The Arista Hotel is anchored in the pristine CityGate Center neighborhood in northwest Naperville. This 144-room boutique offers a range of business and social event spaces and, as Naperville’s tallest building, exceptional views from its 12th-floor terrace. In addition to its Forbes recommendation, it is the only AAA Four Diamond hotel in Naperville.

Beyond its modern and luxurious amenities, Hotel Arista was the first hotel in Illinois to be LEED certified and has maintained GreenSeal™ certification for more than a decade.

Arista Spa & Salon

The peaceful ambience of Arista Spa and Salon invites guests to experience spa services specially designed for women, men and couples.

Arista Spa & Salon is known for combining ancient inspiration with modern technology. Its services have been designed to meet the needs of both men and women, and it offers an inspiring couples room, allowing guests to experience complete relaxation with their loved one. It also offers a number of eco-friendly and geographically exclusive product lines.

The Arista Spa offers couples the choice to experience complete calm and relaxation.

“As an anchor in a green community, the Arista Hotel proudly offers a modern luxury experience while adhering to environmental best practices,” Kingston said. “We strive to provide the best experience for our customers and are honored to have our team’s efforts earn this prestigious recognition.”

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Forbes Travel Guide is the world-renowned authority on true five-star service.

“Travel is back in full force, and the resilient hospitality industry is creatively mobilizing to meet increased demand for occupancy in most regions,” said Hermann Elger, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “As the industry faces lingering challenges, the 2022 winners have shown themselves ready to meet these challenges and more, demonstrating the best in luxury hospitality.”

To see the Star Awards winners, visit and for a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its star ratings, click here.

To discover Hotel Arista and Arista Spa & Salon, visit

Story and photos submitted by CityGate Hospitality LLC.

Richard F. Gandhi