International Restaurant & Hospitality Bureau



Sybaris Pool Suites was presented the International Award of Excellence as the Best Romantic Getaway in the United States. It was presented to Mr. Kenneth C. Knudson, founder of Sybaris, by John. L Thomas, CEO of the International Restaurant and Hospitality Rating Bureau.

Already well known in the Midwest, Sybaris Pool Suites has been providing Romantic Getaways for couples for over 25 years. Winner of the Chicago Southland Award as the Best Romantic Getaway, Sybaris is a special hideaway where couples can spend time alone together. The aura of romance is enhanced by a flickering fireplace, a cozy whirlpool tub, misting steam room and, best of all, your own private swimming pool with a cascading waterfall. There are five Sybaris locations in the Midwest area – 3 near Chicago, 1 near Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in Indianapolis. Expansion plans are in place to take Sybaris nationwide in the future.

The international Restaurant & Hospitality Rating Bureau was established in 1949. Its more than 3000 non-paid, non-dues members submit evaluation reports on at least one establishment per month. Sybaris Pool Suites was a unanimous choice to receive the International Award of Excellence by scoring exceptionally high point totals on every evaluation report received.

“We are very proud to be recognized as the best romantic getaway in the United States, states Knudson. “Our goal is to deliver the perfect experience to every guest on every visit. This award has motivated our company to strive to do our concept was started by Kenneth C. Knudson. After remodeling the bedroom in his home to duplicate a model suite his wife had seen at a local mall, their friends all commented on how magnificent it was, but they also thought it would be wonderful to have their own secluded place where they could get away from the phones, the kids and the pressures of the daily routine. The idea for Sybaris Clubs was born.

The first Sybaris Club was opened in Downers Grove, Illinois in 1974. Sybaris does operate as a private club and the purchase of membership is required. “The club concept means that Sybaris is unlike an ordinary hotel,” says founder Knudson. “It enables us to create a totally romantic environment meant for just the two of you. The total focus is on relating to each other and eliminating outside distractions. Since Sybaris Clubs opened in Downers Grove, clubs have opened in Northbrook and Frankfort, Illinois; Mequon Wisconsin, Wisconsin and now Indianapolis. As a club member, you will receive many discounts throughout the year and special gifts with any birthday or anniversary reservations.”

The Paradise Swimming Pool Suite has a private 16 ft. swimming pool with swim jets and a cascading waterfall. There is also a steam room with misting showers and an oversize whirlpool tub in the bedroom area. The spacious Majestic Swimming Pool Suite has a 22 ft. private swimming pool with waterfall, steam room and an oversize whirlpool tub in the bedroom area. The Chalet Pool Suite is the Ultimate Sybaris Suite . Imagine checking in at the front desk and receiving a garage door opener instead of a key. When you go to your suite, you open the door and drive into your one car garage. When you get out of your car, you go up a few steps. There you will see the bedroom area and a whirlpool tub for two, and a special surprise, a water slide from the sleeping area down into the pool. All of the suites have a king size bed, gas fireplace, TV, VCR, stereo with CD, and a mini wet bar with microwave and refrigerator. The suite also contains all of the amenities guests could need such as a hair dryer, shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste. An ice bucket and corkscrew sit on the table, waiting for that special bottle of champagne. Guests will also find terry cloth robes to wear during their stay.

“Our ultimate goal is for all of our guests to have an unforgettable experience. We take extreme pride in the cleanliness and appearance of our suites,” says Charlene Farrell, Director of Operations. “The whirlpool tubs and swimming pools are meticulously cared for by our trained staff.” Maintaining such a unique complex requires a staff of 30 full time employees assuring visitors an ultimate, pleasurable and treasured experience.

What Our Guests are Saying

our commitment to the excellence and quality of our guests' experiences is second to none

"It was so relaxing and awesome love it A+++++++"

-the Woosleys

"We love Sybaris! It's so great to get away from the world for a night. The suite is always clean and the chocolate covered strawberries are to die for!"

-Mr. Polomski

"Our stay was amazing!! I walked into the room and on the bed there were rose petals spelled out saying "will you marry me"... best night of my life!! I will never forget that night!! Thanks for making it beautiful."

-Ms. Sellers

"Great Experience. We were going to Champagne Lodge in the past for our getaways. But once we found Sybaris and had a wonderful experience, it is now our go to spot."

-Mr. Rodriguez

"My wife and I had an amazing time. It's definitely the perfect place for a quick getaway and well needed recharge."

-Mr. Fadeyeva

"I loved my stay. My husband surprised me with this little getaway and it was exactly what we needed. We've never felt so comfortable and relaxed in a long, long time and Sybaris did the perfect job of making that happen."

-Mrs. Alkalidy

"My husband and I were pleasantly surprised at how nice the suite was. I was worried that it wasn't going to live up to 'the hype' but it definitely did! We will be returning, no doubt about that!"

-Mrs. Morris

"My wife and I were extremely impressed with the quality and the cleanliness of the suite. All of the features of the room made for an exciting, relaxing evening that was much needed."

-Mr. Illes

OMG!!! Beyond fantastic!!!

-Ms. Holland

"This was the perfect place to celebrate my one year wedding anniversary. Next time I will have to book two nights instead of one. My husband and I didn't want to leave. We will definitely be back."

-Mrs. Leasure

"Sybaris is the perfect place to spend one-on-one time with your spouse. It provides an intimate, uninterrupted venue to getaway from the hustle and bustle and simply enjoy one another."

-Mr. & Mrs. Holmes

"The time we spent together at the Sybaris was priceless. Definitely worth every penny. With all of the luxurious amenities at our disposal we felt like a King and Queen for a night."

-Mr. & Mrs. Maney

"We gave a Sybaris Gift Certificate to a friend for his 30th birthday. It was the hit of the party. And after their getaway they called us to rave about how much they enjoyed the gift."

-Mr. & Mrs. Leon

"Our suite was impeccable. The cleanliness is like no other. Better than any 5-star Resort."

-Mr. & Mrs. Brooks

"Whenever we have a chance to getaway, Sybaris is the only choice for us. You can tell they go to great lengths to provide the ultimate romantic atmosphere. No other hotel offers your very own private swimming pool in your suite."

-Mr. & Mrs. Kimmel

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