Haitian Relief Fund

Dear Associates and Guests,

Earlier this week, the nation of Haiti suffered through a massive earthquake that demolished the capital, Port-au-Prince.  Already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, the earthquake and aftershocks have destroyed any semblance of normalcy and wiped out existing infrastructure.

If you would like to help our less fortunate neighbors living in Haiti, you can make a donation from your cell phone to the American Red Cross.

To make an immediate donation of $10 to the Haitian Relief Fund of the American Red Cross,

TEXT “Haiti” to 90999.

Your donation will help alleviate the suffering and make you feel a little better too.

All the Best,

Hotel Felix Management

10 Ways to Go Green in 2010

Make 2010 the year you go green in a big way. Here are 10 ways to live a greener lifestyle in the coming year and help conserve the Earth’s precious natural resources.

1. Green Lighting
The thousands of traditional light bulbs in a hotel (and even the dozen or so in your home) can waste a lot of electricity, unnecessarily. Switching to low energy-use lighting, such as the compact fluorescent & LED lights used throughout the Hotel Felix, can cut down on your energy usage and your energy costs.

2. Alternative Power
The Hotel Felix is currently conducting a study to determine how much energy could be harvested from wind power. Using alternative energy sources is a bit more difficult at home, but still possible. If you live in a very sunny area, the money you would save by using solar power could offset the investment costs. And as gas prices continue to rise, alternative sources of fuel like those employed by bio-diesel and hydro-electric hybrid cars are becoming more attractive.

3. Buy Locally Produced Items
The further an item travels from producer to consumer, the larger its carbon footprint. Cut down on the amount of fuel used to transport good by buying locally produced items whenever possible.

4. Buy Sustainable and Organic Products
Sustainable products are made in a way that doesn’t deplete the natural resources used to create them. Organic products are made without potentially harmful chemicals. By purchasing items that are sustainable and organic, you help protect the environment and conserve limited natural resources. At the Hotel Felix, we only serve locally produced, organic Metropolis coffee and teas in our lobby.

5. Limit Waste
Buy only what you will use, and use only what you need. It’s easy to over-consume in our world, where so much is available, and often at a very small price. But consuming needlessly creates extra waste. Cut down on your consumption and there will be less trash to dispose of.  To cut down on paper waste, the Hotel Felix runs a paperless front desk and offers a limited supply of daily newspapers.

6. Compost Organic Waste
Food scraps and other organic waste won’t decompose when buried in a landfill. But when composted outdoors, they will break down quickly and turn into a nice fertilizer. Composting organic waste will help deposit nutrients back into the soil and reduce the amount of space needed for landfills.

7. Recycle
The Hotel Felix puts a strong emphasis on recycling. A “Recycle Room” is dedicated to sorting recyclable materials from the rest of the trash, all cups and wipes in the fitness center are recyclable, and recycling bins are located at the front desk and all offices. Recycling at home is vital to reducing the amount of waste that gets dumped in landfills each year. If recycling isn’t offered in your area, invest in a few heavy-duty bins and, at the very least, recycle paper, glass, and plastic.

8. Build with Sustainable or Recycled Materials
Carpets in the guest rooms and the floor in the fitness center of the Hotel Felix are made of recycled materials. Using recycled materials whenever possible reduces the need for new products to be created (reducing carbon emissions release during that process) and keeps salvageable materials from going into the landfill. Using recycled materials in your home projects can also help save you money.

9. Reduce Water and Electricity Usage
We’ve all heard the advice that we should turn off the water when brushing our teeth, take shorter showers, and turn off and unplug electrical appliances when not in use, but how many people actually do it? Making a conscious effort to take these steps can save you money and make a large impact on the amount of resources wasted annually. At the Hotel Felix, we’ve installed motion sensor heating, ventilation and air conditioning throughout building so that these functions aren’t used when they don’t need to be. We’ve also installed a water waste reduction valve and employ an enhanced energy management system throughout the building.

10. Use Nontoxic Cleaning Products
Runoff from toxic cleaning chemicals can get into the water system and pollute our lakes and rivers. Help the Earth by using nontoxic cleaning products whenever possible. Only eco-friendly chemicals (no bleach) are used for cleaning rooms and linens at the Hotel Felix. Eco-friendly products are used in the Hotel Felix spa, and throughout the hotel we only use products that are low VOC and Green Seal certified.

Hotel Felix to Harvest Chicago’s “Windy City” Power

The Hotel Felix, the first hotel in Chicago designed to be Silver LEED certified, is proud of its many green features and initiatives. Compact fluorescent and LED lights are used throughout the building, guest room carpets are made of recycled materials, eco-friendly cleaning products are used throughout the hotel, local organic coffees and teas are served in the lobby, and our front desk has gone paperless to reduce waste.

There are a few more upcoming green projects that the Hotel Felix is excited about as well. Like many of Chicago’s downtown buildings, both Hotel Felix and its sister property, Hotel Cass, are located in strong wind corridors. As part of a renewable energy study being conducted by both hotels in cooperation with  GSY Energy Inc., Hotel Felix and Hotel Cass have installed technology to measure the amount of wind power potential for each site. It’s estimated that the two hotels combined could produce more than 100,000 kilowatt hours of electricity from wind annually.

Findings of the wind study are expected to be released in spring of 2010. If Hotel Felix can harness the power of Chicago’s wind and transform it into clean energy, it will be just one more way we’re working to help protect the planet and conserve our precious natural resources.

Bachelorette Jillian Harris Visits (and Loves) The Hotel Felix

Jillian Harris visits Chicago’s Hotel Felix

Jillian Harris Visits Chicago's Hotel Felix
Jillian Harris Visits Chicago's Hotel Felix

ABC’s Bachelorette Jillian Harris recently visited the Hotel Felix’s Spa Asha for a relaxing treatment.  Her thoughts?”My time at the spa truly was incredible! From all my travels in the last year or so – I have visited my share of spas and my time at Felix was top notch,” said Jillian Harris.  “All I know is that when I left my face was glowing for days [from the facial]. Same goes for the massage, the therapist was truly one of the best I have ever had.”

Jillian’s parents also stayed at the Hotel Felix while they were in town and raved about the visit.

“My parents stay at the Felix was incredible – staff was so friendly and personable and of course the décor was right up my alley,” said Jillian, who works in the restaurant and hospitality design industry.

It’s also rumored that Jillian has set a wedding date with Ed Swiderski, although the date isn’t announced publicly.

New Year’s Eve Revelry

Seems this New Years Eve will be a big one. People are tired of “doom and gloom” and are looking forward to saying “Adieu” to 2009. 2010 has got to be better and Chicago hotels are all giving great deals. Hotel Felix has a couple of packages available that include dinner at Elate and champagne toast to celebrate. The weekend seems to be strong this year and occupancies are running high… so why not stay with us at Felix from December 31 – Jan. 3. We’ve also offering some fantastic deals on our website, look for “TICKER” rate. http://www.hotelfelixchicago.comhappy-naturally-at-the-hotel-felix-chicago

Green Meets Red (Roadster)

We test drove the new Tesla Roadster yesterday. This all electric vehicle gets better mileage than a Prius and is faster than a Porchse. Coming soon, our new Tesla Tesdrive Package and Extravagently Green New Year’s Eve. This car is amazing… and it’s green too, or red, or orange, or silver. Paired with the eco friendly Silver LEED’s certified Hotel Felix, Tesla and Felix are meant to be together. Green really does meet red.

Wind in the Windy City

The eco-friendly Hotel Felix and its sister property, Hotel Cass, a Holiday Inn Express are now taking steps to reduce the carbon footprints of each facility. While Hotel Felix was built to meet LEED silver certification, the Hotel Cass is now also pursuing ways to be a greener citizen in the hospitality world.

“In an effort to further reduce each hotel’s impact on the environment both the Hotel Felix and Hotel Cass, in partnership with GSY Energy, Inc., have begun the process of conducting an onsite renewable energy study,” said George Jordan, Area General Manager for the two boutique properties owned by OBG Oxford Hospitality Investment Partners. “The study will include a review of each buildings base-line use of electrical power and an assessment of what resources exists to create onsite renewable energy.”

He further explained that both locations are in a strong wind corridors and have therefore installed equipment to measure the actual power potential of each site. It is estimated that combined, both properties will be able to produce in excess of 100,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually from wind, further reducing the carbon footprint of each site. The study will be conducted over a minimum of a 6-9 month period with initial findings expected in spring 2010.

Corporations and individual travelers are becoming more conscious of the eco-friendly means of travel and hospitality. One study of 1,555 business travelers conducted by Deloitte in 2008 reports that the top five environmental initiatives guests watch for at hotels are recycling, energy efficient lighting, energy efficient windows, a linen and towel/reuse program and an environmentally friendly cleaning program. Hotel Felix offers all of these elements.

From the Daily Herald

Don a costume and check into the hip new Hotel Felix Chicago on Friday, Oct. 30, or Saturday, Oct. 31, and be treated to a $20-per-night Halloween credit. Don’t want to dress up lake Sarah Palin or Barack Obama? Present a carved pumpkin for display at the hotel. Arrive in costume and bring a carved pumpkin and you’ll earn a $40 rebate per room at check out. Guests and adults dressed in costume can gather in the Hotel Felix lobby at 6 p.m. Saturday for a costume contest. If the winner is an in-house guest, the prize is a free Saturday night stay and a winner from the general public could win a gift certificate for a complimentary future night’s stay.

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, at Hotel Felix, 111 W. Huron St., Chicago. (877) 848-4040 or visit hotelfelixchicago.com.

Halloween Perks

This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday. That coincidence should create a lively downtown party atmosphere on October 30 and October 31. Hotel Felix will be sold out but we want to give guests an opportunity to have some fun before the fun… and to maybe win a free stay at Hotel Felix. So here is the hook: any guest arriving at Hotel Felix to check-in on Friday, October 30 or Saturday October 31, in FULL HALLOWEEN COSTUME, will receive $20 off their nightly rate. Now let’s be clear, FULL HALLOWEEN COSTUME means just that… you can’t show up in a business suit and claim to be dressed as a “business person”. Costume means masks, makeup, wild outfits, etc. It’ll be fun. So break out the costume and save some bucks. For the same dates, any guest that brings us a carved pumpkin, i.e. jack-o-lantern, will also receive $20 off their nightly rate. We’ll display the pumpkins in front of Hotel Felix Friday and Saturday nights. Finally, we’ll have a quick costume contest on Saturday night at 6PM. Hotel guests and the general public are invited to show off their stuff. The winner will receive a free night’s stay at Hotel Felix. So pick your perk… costume, pumpkin, free night. Maybe it’ll be the start of a great and scary weekend.

See you Halloween.jack-o-lantern

Small Feet

Do you ever hear terms like “small carbon footprint” and wonder what the heck does it mean? In short, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere determines how big or small the “carbon footprint” is left behind. Coal fired electricity plants belch tons of carbon into the air. Traditional boilers that must heat an entire buildings use lots of gas or electricity and all of this contributes to a larger carbon footprint. A traditional large engine vehicle burns a lot more gas than a hybrid. At Hotel Felix, our rooms have “heat pumps” which allow for instantaneous cool air or heat without the need to run oversized boilers or chillers. It saves energy and delivers perfect room comfort to every guest regardless of the season. It’s just one way that when you choose Hotel Felix, you choose to leave a smaller carbon footprint. Does the option of having equal comfort while at the same time lowering your carbon footprint appeal to the average traveler? Consumers say yes, but only if the price is right. Choose small feet at a great rate… how good is that?