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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, May 12, 2014  -  Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, announces the addition of one of Chicagoland's leading high-end luxury hotels, Hotel Arista, to its Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® collection.  Alex Cabañas, Benchmark's president & CEO, made the announcement. 

"I am truly honored to welcome Hotel Arista to the Benchmark family and our Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels brand," said Mr. Cabañas.  "The owners, the Calamos family, have created a truly special, finely tailored destination and we look forward to partnering with them to make their best today even better tomorrow."

"Hotel Arista is the premier hotel for Chicago's western suburbs," said John P. Calamos Sr., hotel owner and CEO of Calamos Property Holdings.  "We are pleased to enter into this partnership with Benchmark Hospitality, which illustrates the natural evolution for this successful business. We believe the additional resources Benchmark provides will benefit our discerning clientele and our dedicated staff." 

Hotel Arista is an independent, Forbes Four Star, AAA Four Diamond, 144-key property, located in the City Gate Centre business and retail complex in Naperville, Illinois, a municipality perennially rated as one of America's most livable cities.  Naperville is just 30 miles from downtown Chicago within the important Illinois Technology and Research Corridor along Interstate 88.   A corporate hub, the Naperville area is home to many global companies including Calamos Investments and Navistar. Naperville also boasts the distinction of being one of the Midwest's most affluent communities.

Hotel Arista will retain its name and identity along with its ownership by the Calamos family.  A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Arista offers luxurious lodging with an artistic eye toward contemporary form and function.  The property, which opened in September 2008, features modern-designed guestrooms, including 20 suites, each appointed with the high-quality comforts of a fine residence. Tech-savvy amenities include touch-control lighting, complimentary WiFi, an iPod docking station and 42-inch flat-panel HDTV. All guestrooms offer a special "Nosh Box" stocked with the guest's personal preferences for anytime cravings. Premium bed linens, a pillow menu, plush towels and bathrobes, and exquisite bathrooms add a highly personalized touch to one's stay at Hotel Arista. Marble bathrooms feature walk-in showers, soaking tubs, and televisions embedded in the mirrors.  

Dining options at Hotel Arista include SugarToad, featuring inventive American cuisine for the contemporary palate, and which is the hotel's main restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Urban glamour, sophisticated drinks and an innovative bar menu make the hotel's Zorba Lounge the choice of discerning of guests and locals.  From classic martinis to unconventional cocktails created by their noted mixologists, guests of Zorba enjoy the finest in spirits, wines and craft beers.  Another Hotel Arista dining option, The Tap In Pub & Carvery, is just steps away.  This old fashioned-style neighborhood pub with a golf theme will soon feature golf simulators for patrons.  Lavazza Espression, which features Italy's best known coffee, is a contemporary coffee shop within the hotel.

The luxurious Arista Spa & Salon, Hotel Arista's pathway to well-being, is a place of wellness and healing, combining ancient inspiration and contemporary treatment technology.  The Spa has been artfully designed with attention to the finest details to soothe the body and enrich the soul. Here ancient Mediterranean healing, modern innovation, and cherished rituals for cleansing and wellness blend with the best that science has to offer guests for their skin, hair and body.  Designed to meet the needs of both women and men, Arista Spa also features a very special couples' treatment room.

The Olympus Executive Fitness Center at Hotel Arista, which serves both guests of the hotel and clients within the local community, offers a range of services ideal for beginners looking to get in shape and superior athletes striving to reach the peak performance.  Expert trainers at Olympus design custom training programs around the needs of guests and clients, balancing strength training, cardio, and proper nutrition to help reach their goals. 

With 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, Hotel Arista is the preferred choice for leisure and business travelers, glamorous social events and elegant weddings.  The property is the first LEED certified hotel in Illinois and one of only six Green Seal™ certified hotels in the state.  The hotel is committed to sustainable living, lodging and entertaining, using 30% less water and 21% less energy than comparable properties.

The hallmark of Hotel Arista, however, is customized and highly personalized service. When making reservations, guests are offered the opportunity to complete a Personal Preference Menu to ensure their room is stocked with whatever amenities they prefer for a memorable stay.  Guests can choose from a variety of in-room amenities, such as lavender-scented pillows, a Butler menu, Wii, Wii Fit, an exercise bike and more. 

About Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels

Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® includes unique hand-picked properties in spectacular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each hotel and resort delivers personal luxury in a spirit true to its own distinctive locale, yet in keeping with the collection's shared mission. They represent a select portfolio of Benchmark Hospitality International®, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for over 30 years.  Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for transformation over accommodation, customization over conformity, and inspiration over predictability.  With Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels, luxury is always personal.  www.personalluxuryresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/PersonalLuxuryResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PersLuxResorts.

About Benchmark Hospitality International

Benchmark Hospitality International® is a recognized global leader in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers.  The company's two distinctive portfolios of properties, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®, represent the finest in guest-dedicated hospitality in unique destinations across the United States, in the Caribbean and Japan.  As a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers, Benchmark Conference Centers® maintain the highest standards for certification in meeting excellence.  Benchmark Hospitality was launched in 1980 as an independent company and today operates worldwide from offices in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, and regional offices in New Jersey, Washington State, Japan and Chile.  For additional company information visit www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com/development.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels

Contact: Ken Ellens - KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS

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