Hyatt Place Champaign Opened Downtown

Downtown Champaign recently welcomed its first hotel in over 20 years, as the three-plus year Hyatt Place project comes to an end.

Hyatt Place Champaign is located at the southwest corner of Church and Neil Streets-the former location of the Metropolitan Building that burned down in 2008. The Hyatt Place will be the first hotel in downtown Champaign since the State Street Hotel-a former Howard Johnsons-closed in the early 1990s.

Benchmark Hospitality Adds Hotel Arista, Chicago to Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotel Portfolio

Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, recently announced the addition of Hotel Arista, one of Chicagoland's leading high-end hotels, to its Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels collection. 

"I am truly honored to welcome Hotel Arista to the Benchmark family and our Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels brand," said Alex Cabañas, Benchmark’s president and CEO. "The owners, the Calamos family, have created a truly special, finely tailored destination."

General Manager of the Palmer House Hilton Named IHLA Hotelier of the Year

The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) recently presented the general manger of the Palmer House Hilton, Dean Lane, with the Hotelier of the Year award for the state of Illinois. Lane won the regional Hotelier of the Year award for Chicago in October, which qualified him to compete for the state title.


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