Settled in July 1831 by Joseph Naper and his family and friends, Naperville is 28 miles west of Chicago on the banks of the DuPage River. The Naper party arrived after crossing three of the Great Lakes on a schooner called the Telegraph during a two-month journey. By 1857, when the settlement was incorporated as a village, the population had reached 2,000.
Today, the city boasts awards for best place to live from Money magazine and Niche.com. In 2016, Naperville was ranked sixth on a list of safest cities by SmartAsset.com. Even if you're just visiting, finding the right hotel will help you take advantage of all this quaint, safe city has to offer.
When should you visit Naperville, IL?
The best time to visit Naperville is between late spring and early fall when temperatures range from mild to warm, with highs ranging from 60 to 80 degrees, and the city is bursting with activities and events. Naperville is home to a number of festivals, from the late-summer Last Fling to RibFest to annual festivals paying tribute to jazz, wine, ale, and more.
The warm summer months are popular, so book your hotel in advance to ensure the best rates. Outdoor activities include a summer concert series in Central Park, featuring the Naperville Municipal Band, founded in 1859, and the Naperville Sportsman's Club, a public trap-shooting range. The city's self-described crown jewel is Riverwalk, a nearly 2-mile trail featuring outdoor art installations, brick pathways, fountains, and classic Midwestern covered bridges.
The linear park's old-fashioned shepherd's crook lightposts hark back to the time of its founding. That founding is celebrated at the Naper Settlement outdoor museum and Naper Homestead, where archaeological digs uncovered nearly 25,000 artifacts and parts of four different building foundations on the historic property.
Rates tend to increase in September, around the time of the Naperville Independent Film Festival (fun fact: Naperville is the hometown of Bob Odenkirk of "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" fame). Winters can be harsh, with average low temperatures in the teens from December through February, but the city offers plenty to do inside, too, such as its award-winning library, so consider taking advantage of lower hotel rates during these chilly months.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Naperville, IL:
Averate Rates by Star Rating
Below we've posted 3 graphs displaying average nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Naperville, IL. Analyze these charts to calculate the least expensive seasons to make a reservation in Naperville during the year.
Does Naperville, IL have any luxury hotels?
4 Star Average Prices: $155.86
If you're looking for high-end accommodations, consider Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk. As its name suggests, this luxury hotel is located directly on the DuPage River and adjacent to Riverwalk Park. Rooms with river views are an option, and all rooms feature premium bath products and spa-inspired showers, along with plush bedding and signature area rugs. Hotel amenities include a gym, bar and restaurant, business center, laundry service, jogging path, valet parking, and free Wi-Fi.
Looking for extra hospitality to go with your luxury? Harrison House Bed and Breakfast, located less than a mile from Millennium Carillon, offers amenities including a fitness center, computer station, concierge services, laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, a garden, and even a library. Each of the six rooms in the B&B, built in 1904, features pillowtop beds with Egyptian cotton bedding and designer toiletries in the private bathrooms. Traveling families should note that children 4 years old and younger are not permitted to stay at the B&B.
City views bound at the 12-story Hotel Arista, which is a 10-minute drive from Arrowhead Golf Club. This opulent choice has food and drinks covered: Choose from three restaurants, three bar/lounges, two coffee shops, or room service, including a cooked-to-order breakfast. The hotel, which is LEED-Silver-certified, also features a hair salon and spa for perfect pampering, limo/town car service, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, and valet parking. Need an event space? Built in 2008, Hotel Arista offers a banquet hall, multiple conference spaces, and wedding services.
What affordable hotels will you find in Naperville?
3 Star Average Prices: $99.32
You don't have to trade quality for low rates, especially with Homestead Studio Suites Hotel. Amenities include free "Grab-and-Go" breakfast, on-site laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, and access to two off-site fitness centers (both within a mile). All suites feature mini-kitchens so you can save money by cooking a few of your own meals during your travels. Check out nearby attractions such as DuPage Children's Museum and Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, along with several grocery stores, malls, and a movie theater.
Another affordable option in Naperville is the Stardust Motel, which features 70 individually decorated rooms with microwaves and refrigerators to make you feel right at home. The hotel, centrally located between North Central College and Benedictine University, offers complimentary wireless internet, turndown service, multilingual staff, free self-parking, and free coffee and tea in the lobby.