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?

Marathon Madness

This weekend the annual Chicago Marathon will draw big crowds on Sunday morning. Hotel rooms are virtually unavailable downtown for Saturday night. But great deals can be found for Friday October 9. Dig a little deeper and explore the packages and the savings really adds up. Why not spend Friday in the City. Last weeks blog was pre-empted by the quick demise of Chicago from Olympic contention. I was depressed. How bout you? Are you relieved, saddened, or indifferent to Chicago 2016. In the meantime check out those Friday rates by visiting www.hotelfelixchicago.com .

Olympic Fever

As we “fall into autumn”, rates throughout Chicago begin to tumble just like the leaves. At Felix, we’ve just announced a promotional campaign that creates value with rates that are “below our best availalbe”. So it’s a great time to enjoy the crisp clean air of the October breezes. In just a couple of hours, we’ll hopefully begin a huge city wide party in celebration of being selected for the 2016 Summer Olympics. As a member of the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid committee, I can assure you that everyone has worked tirelessly to promote Chicago and win the selection of the IOC. And with powerhouse natives like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and President Obama, along with Mayor Daley putting on a Chicago Blitz while in Copenhagen, our chances are good. What do think? Are the Olympics a net positive or net negative for Chicago.  (GJ)

Go Green at Home

Being the first eco-friendly hotel in Chicago, the Hotel Felix has been a leader in “going green.” Everything from bamboo flooring & recycled carpet to motion/heat sensored thermostats. It’s been amazing to see the response from our guests when they stay somewhere that is good for the environment without having to sacrifice comfort or style.

But we aren’t the only ones who can help; you can do the same at home too. Change out standard incandescent bulbs to low energy CFL or LED versions. Not only do you save 20% in cost but also have a bulb that lasts 15 times longer. Or add a low flow showerhead to your bathroom. These showerheads don’t need to feel like they have no pressure- as is proof in our rooms (come and stay to see for yourself.) Try the Kohler K-973 that we use here that has a 2.5 gallon per minute flow rate. It saves water  & energy but feels like a rainshower. In cold Chicago weather, one great way to impact is to insulate your hot water heater. It won’t have to work as hard to product heat thus saving fossil fuels & you save 15% on cost.

Want to find out how one person affects the environment? Go to www.carbonfootprint.com. We use this site to see how our building positively affects the Earth but it can be used for individuals too. By taking public transportation, using CFL, keeping AC low & recycling, I personally took 34 cars off the road & saved 45 trees from being cut down. How can you impact? I challenge you to find out.

(JB)

“City gal’s” family comes to town

I grew up in a small town just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, and most of my family still lives in the area. I left home to go to college & never moved back. Working in the hotel business has put me in many interesting places since leaving Pittsburgh – Washington, DC, Boston, LA. However, not until I landed in Chicago did they even consider coming to visit.

Last fall, I was so excited about their trip. It was going to be short but it was the first time I could “show off” one of the great cities I’ve resided in to my folks. Our visit wasn’t as planned though; my dad got sick & we spent the entire time in the hotel room.

Today starts our second attempt at them seeing Chicago. Suddenly, I realized…….what do I do with them after they check-in? They’ll be in this magnificent city in a premiere hotel (Hotel Felix, obviously) and then what? How do you even begin to choose what to do with so many options? So I went to the experts – my concierge staff. The staff gave me amazing information – what day/time to go enjoy Taste of Chicago, where to get the best view of the fireworks, which tours allow you to see the most of town and which restaurants run specials on what nights. Not only do these guys make me look good day-to-day but also they are now going to make me look good to the toughest critics – my parents.

P.S. if you want to know these secrets & many more, you’ll have to check-in for yourself. Book now at www.hotelfelixchicago.com.

(JB)

Go Green + Hotel Felix = One Great Evening

Go Green Management and the Hotel Felix joined forces once again this past Wednesday (June 24) to co-host a cocktail reception. We had no idea the event would be the talk of the town even before it began.

When Facebook had hundreds of responses, we were curious to say the least. (Don’t forget to become a Hotel Felix Facebook fan.) Sure, we’re the first hotel in Chicago to be designed for Silver LEED certification. Sure, we’re the most eco-friendly hotel in town. Sure, we’re fabulous (if we do say so ourselves.) But we were thrilled with how many people wanted to come to see our “home.”

People from all different industries & interests showed up to dine on MaiChef Catering’s Tea Cured Salmon on Brioche with Lemon Grass Aioli, Ginger Chicken with Mango Relish & Mini Tiramisu Shots. Yummy! Our guest then went to see our amazingly appointed guest rooms and get pampered with mini services in The SPA at the Hotel Felix. Tired from your day? A hand massage was just one of the services waiting.

When the crowd had cleared, the Hotel Felix team sat down to toast a successful evening and new eco-friends. Swollen feet and hoarse voices led us to ask…..where did those masseuses go?

(JB)

Happy what?

Happy. Naturally.

Sure it’s a fun catch phrase. Here at the Hotel Felix though it’s more than that….we really are happy naturally. Don’t believe me? Walk by & talk to our doormen. Benjamin, Julian, Tim, Dave & Chuck are contagious. If they can’t brighten your day, get checked in by Errol or Dan then get to your room and run into Maria cleaning next door to you. This staff will override any lost luggage, bad traffic or awful meeting. Think I’m biased? Check out these remarks from our comment cards:

“The entire hotel staff is extremely friendly.”

“Your service was excellent. Best of any hotel I’ve stayed at in Chicago.”

“Chuck, Dave & Julian made me feel like I was in my own home.”

“I’ve stayed all over the US & this is the best I’ve ever had. The three doorman were exceptional workers & gentlemen.”

“Yuan was so sweet & she did a great job cleaning our room. Can we take her home?”

“Maria is a jewel. I loved her!”

“Errol went out of his way to make my staff more comfortable. Thanks!”

“Robin, Claudia, Konrad…thanks for the birthday card. You made my day!”

With comments like these, why stay anywhere else? Our staff will make your next trip to Chicago the best ever. Just when you thought customer service was a luxury gone with videos on MTV, along comes the Hotel Felix to make you Happy. Naturally. too.

(JB)

A Gem of an Evening

This past Saturday the Hotel Felix was honored to attend the 4th Annual Emerald Gala hosted by our Chicago Chapter of the US Green Building Council. For those of you who do not know, the US Green Building Council, according to their website, is “a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation”, but we know they do much more. It’s appropriate that 4 years ago, the USGBC gave birth to this event in May, a month which boasts the emerald as its official birthstone.  However, something tells me that our hosts had something else in mind when envisioning the moniker for this truly special event… 

 

Saturday night began with a cocktail reception, silent auction, and raffle.  The generosity of Chicago’s Green Business community was on full display as several dozen high-end auction items were furiously bid upon. From a very chic water-conserving porcelain toilet to Cross-Town classic tickets between the Cubs and White Sox to, yes, a complimentary night stay at The Hotel Felix Chicago, party goers had quite a variety to choose from.  In addition to money raised through the Auction, each $25 raffle ticket that was purchased will go toward supporting Chapter programs, events, and initiatives throughout the year.

 

As the band struck up a happy tune (naturally), the Hotel Felix made our way inside the ballroom to our table. The first course was a delicious salad of greens, fruits, and nuts. As we sat drizzling our raspberry vinaigrette onto our salads, it occurred to me that tonight was a special night not just for the Hotel Felix to be among such a great group of people, but a time for all of Chicagoland’s Green Building Community to shine (or shall I say, sparkle?).  One of the main purposes for the evening, is to honor individuals and businesses with a Natural Leaders Award Presentation.  Recipients were recognized in categories such as EnvironMotion, Re-Generation, Intent to Matter, and Small Feet, Big Feat.  Our congratulations go out to Uncommon Ground (coffee shop), Vincent Iturralde (Principal of a Chicago Public School), Environmental Law & Policy Center, and Xavier University respectively.  These individuals and organizations are the spirit of the evening, and an inspiration to many I am sure. Hotel Felix left feeling inspired to do our part, in our way, to share in the responsibility of caring for our earth. Hotel Felix encourages you to ask yourself, how can I show my green spirit and shine today? Book a reservation here, of course!

(AB)