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Review: Hotel Felix in Chicago, IL

There are so many hotels in Chicago it can become overwhelming. Choosing where to stay is very important. You could seriously be looking at different hotels for a long time before deciding on one. One hotel stood out to me above the many, Hotel Felix.

Hotel FelixIn Chicago ©2015 HollyDayz

Location

Hotel Felix is located in the River North section of Chicago. There is a lot to do in the area! Much more than I could do in my time there. The hotel is close to many attractions, dining, and shopping including the infamous Magnificent Mile, Millennium and Grant Park, and Navy Pier. Walking around the beautiful neighborhood I saw many art galleries and restaurants.

The hotel is also conveniently located near the El (train.) On a beautiful day you can easily walk to many places or you can simply catch a taxi, which are inexpensive. It is a really convenient area to get around. It is also peaceful, but lively.

Hotel Felix

Pulling up to Hotel Felix there is some very cool statue art. One is of a blue woman with a golden crown walking her poodle. The other is of a red man and it says taxi. Upon arrival we were greeted and our bag was taken for us to the front desk. The lobby is very modern with a huge television on the wall and couches and chairs.

Statue made of recycled materials ©2015 HollyDayz
Statue made of recycled materials ©2015 HollyDayz
Taxi Man Statue in front of the hotel ©2015 HollyDayz
Taxi Man Statue in front of the hotel ©2015 HollyDayz

There is also a nice water feature, fireplace, and a bar area. It isn’t huge, but very cozy. There is also great music playing. Their playlist is excellent! I was singing and two stepping in the lobby and elevator. The hotel also has a French bistro, Troquet that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Hotel Lobby ©2015 HollyDayz
Hotel Lobby ©2015 HollyDayz
Modern Lobby Area ©2015 HollyDayz
Modern Lobby Area ©2015 HollyDayz

Hotel Felix also has an amazing staff! I don’t recall everyone’s names, but Darius and Troy were amazing! Although we couldn’t check in because it was early they held out luggage and pointed us in the direction of an amazing place to eat. They were very accommodating, always taking their time, offering suggestions, looking information up, giving directions, and more. They even obtained a room earlier than expected.

Front Desk Area ©2015 HollyDayz
Front Desk Area ©2015 HollyDayz

Hotel Felix is the first green eco-friendly hotel in Chicago and they are LEED certified. Everything from the art sculptures outside, cleaning supplies, and motion sensor heating and air conditioning is helping them to lead the way as a very green hotel. Here is a full list of just how green Hotel Felix is.

Rooms

There are 225 rooms. There is a choice of King, Queen, and Double beds. My room was a great size and had ample space. It was well decorated and very clean. As I walked into the room there was a full length mirror on the wall next to the closet. The closet isn’t that big and has no door. There is also a safe in the closest.

Full length mirror ©2015 HollyDayz
Full length mirror ©2015 HollyDayz

Walking in further I saw a 32 inch TV, a desk, and a chair. Next to that was another plush chair and table. Walking further into the room was a nice big bed. Drawers can be found at the foot of the bed. I thought this was great as it made the room feel bigger and open by not having a set of drawers against the wall.

Work Desk and TV area ©2015 HollyDayz
Work Desk and TV area ©2015 HollyDayz
Big comfy bed ©2015 HollyDayz
Big comfy bed ©2015 HollyDayz

There was an iHome on one of the bed side tables. A beautiful lighting fixture on each side. The view out the window was nice. It faced the front of the building. The bathroom was a great size. No tub, just a standing shower that had a rainfall head. I loved that there were a good amount of towels and wash cloths.

The normal bath gels, soaps, and lotions were found and they smelled wonderful. A nice touch that was included in the bathroom was cotton balls, q-tips, make up remover wipes, and more. The sink was a bit shallow and didn’t have much counter space, but it got the job done. The vanity above was well it if you needed to do makeup.

Vanity and Sink ©2015 HollyDayz
Vanity and Sink ©2015 HollyDayz

After a long day of running around Chicago the bed felt amazing. It was very comfortable and the pillows were nice and plush. The thermostat worked very well and instantly. Before I headed to sleep, I put the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door. I am glad I did, housekeeping began knocking on doors around 8am.

Hotel Amenities

The lobby has a touch screen on the wall that aids guests in finding great places to eat, things to do, and so much more. If you have brought your tablet or laptop you’re in luck, there is free wi-fi in the hotel! It works very well all over the hotel and is rapid. If you’re in need of a computer there is a business center. The business center has three computers and a printer.

Business Center ©2015 HollyDayz
Business Center ©2015 HollyDayz

A fitness center is also located inside the hotel. There are free weights, a scale, towels, treadmills with TVs, and more. It is not huge, but it will certainly help keep those who love to work out on point with their routines. Next door to the fitness center is a spa that offers massages, facials, and other services.

Treadmills with TVs ©2015 HollyDayz
Treadmills with TVs ©2015 HollyDayz
Free weights ©2015 HollyDayz
Free weights ©2015 HollyDayz

There is a French Bistro that I was told serves delicious food. A lounge and bar is also in the lobby area.  Tables and chairs are there to relax at. In the mornings they serve complimentary coffee and tea. There is also parking, but it comes at a steep $60 a night. The hotel also provides small meeting spaces that can accomodate different needs.

One of many meeting/lounge areas ©2015 HollyDayz
One of many meeting/lounge areas ©2015 HollyDayz

Hotel Felix is an amazing hotel with a staff that will make you feel as if you were home. The atmosphere was warm and inviting. I also enjoyed the benches located outside. They were a great place to sit and enjoy the beautiful weather and people watch. This is definitely a hotel that should be considered when visiting Chicago.

Hotel Felix is located at 111. W Huron

Disclaimer: Thank you to Hotel Felix for having me. While I received a complimentary stay all opinions and views are my own. Article contains an affiliate link. This article contains an affiliate link.

21 Comments

  • Aisha Johnson Adams

    I will have to consider this hotel when I make my trip to Chicago. I love cool hotels. The luxury makes up for the long travel times. Great post… The art in this hotel adds a nice touch.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea, I liked the art too. It was a very nice hotel. I would stay again

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  • Kita Bryant

    I love a hotel that has a desk in them and I see many more that have them these days along with free wifi. This looks beautiful and something I would stay in

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    • Holly Dayz

      Free wifi should be universal, but it isn’t, so it is awesome that they provide that.

      Reply
  • Traveling Bytes

    Hotel Felix is not a frequent choice for reviews, at least in my experience. I stayed there once and it was mostly Ok with two exceptions:
    1. as you mentioned, the sink is shallow. In fact, it was the shallowest one I ever used in my life. Frankly, it was even difficult to use it;
    2. the elevators were not adequate to timely handle hotel guests. I stayed at Felix during ordinary week (no holidays, mid-fall, fairly cold (even by Chicago standards) weather), but still elevators were overwhelmed: one had to pass couple cycles to get into the elevator. Of course, taking stairs was always a choice :).
    For the deeply discounted rate that I got it was acceptable, but I would not pay full price to stay there.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yes, the sink was shallow, but there was nothing difficult about using it as far as my experience is concerned. More counter space would be beneficial. I had no issues with the elevators at all. I was always able to get on one and never had to wait long. I enjoyed my time there.

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  • Nicole M Williams

    I would love to sink into that bed for days… It looks like a comfy sleep.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was very comfy. I slept well.

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  • Jo

    this is a nice artsy hotel. Definitely will put this on the consideration list when I go back to Chi-town

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    • Holly Dayz

      You should, I enjoyed my stay and would return.

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  • joychasing

    Sounds like a great hotel. Love the pictures. I like that they are green.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks. Yes, it is cool that they are green and care about the environment.

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  • Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    This looks like a cute hotel, I love a modern style hotel. The little statues outside are really cute too. The business center looks very blah but that isn’t a big deal to me when selecting a hotel.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Business centers have never been a make or break for me either. Nice hotel though with a great staff.

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  • Christine K. St.Vil (@MomsNCharge)

    I’ve been talking about going to Chi-town for awhile as I haven’t been since high school and don’t remember much about it. This is probably the third review in Chicago I’ve seen over the last few days, so I”m thinking it’s a sign! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is a sign. You should definitely go. I enjoyed myself very much!

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  • Edith Rodriguez

    I’d love to visit Chicago someday! Thanks for sharing this hotel. I’ll have to remember to consider it for my stay especially because that bed looks comfy!

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    • Holly Dayz

      The bed was very comfy! Chicago is a great city and this was a nice hotel.

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  • LaShawn

    I am obsessed with good hotels. I love the modern style of this one. I keep saying I am going to visit Chicago one day! I’ll keep this hotel in mind!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Chicago is amazing. I hope you get there soon! This was a nice hotel, I enjoyed my stay there.

      Reply
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