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Sunday, May 26, 2024

Real News — from one hotel to the next


I don’t know about your children, but some of mine cannot resist jumping on the bed, from bed to bed, the second we pull the key out of the door upon entering most hotel rooms. I simply can’t tell you where they got that awful habit—might be from their mother. No one really ever knows.

Now I would never condone such activity, especially not at the new 424-room Chicago Marriott Naperville.

After my recent tour of this newly renovated 4-star hotel, all I can say is, “Wow!”

Mike Yaneck, VP of Operations for the Bricton Group, and General Manager Dan Gustafson were all smiles when showing me the new outdoor dining area, lounge, great room, indoor dining room, market, ball room, conference rooms and completely renovated rooms. The Cardio and Weight Training Center has all-new equipment and there’s also a pool and hot tub/spa area.

Hotels provide needed space when friends, family, and business travelers visit the area. Properties are ranked in several categories, such as lodge, travel, limited service, full service and resort.

This Marriott definitely is at the upper level of the service spectrum. Among other amenities listed above, the property includes new over-sized doors (14 feet tall) to the ball room. The large doors meant the Marriott could host a recent conference for Navistar featuring a semi-truck and a bus situated in the middle of the Grand Ballroom.

And those new-fangled room keys everyone now uses provide guest access to many of those world-class amenities. The keys also help conserve energy. When you enter your room you insert the key into a receiver near the door and it controls the lights on and off, which is in part why this hotel soon will hang its Silver L.E.E.D.S. (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in the lobby.

As the Marriott, located on Diehl at Naperville Road, brings the number of Naperville hotel properties back up to 17, it also brought back 100 jobs. When their business plan is fully implemented, they’ll add nearly 80 more jobs.

I’ll be writing more on L.E.E.D.S, jobs and the culprit who influenced my children to jump on hotel beds in the coming months.

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Paul DeKruiff
Paul DeKruiff
Paul DeKruiff is married, father of three daughters and a 17-year resident of Naperville. Contact him at pauldekruiff@comcast.net or (630) 446-0049.