• Hotel Felix’s Earth Month Events in the Daily Herald

    Posted on April 22nd, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Did you see us? Hotel Felix’s Earth Month Events were featured in the Daily Herald. We love sharing the great news about our Earth Month celebration, because we believe this is one of the best months out of the year. Earth Month at Hotel Felix would not be as memorable without great green enthusiasts.

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  • Every earth month Hotel Felix pulls out the green Carpet for guests, and this year is no different. If you enjoy creating sustainable relationship in sustainable environments, then stop by our Green Networking Receptions at Hotel Felix’s Lobby Bar.

    Hotel Felix, in collaboration with Troquet River North, will host two wine receptions – one on Earth Day (April 22) and another one to wrap up Earth Month (April 30). These two “Green Networking” wine receptions will take place from 5-7 p.m., and the cost is $10/person, which includes two glasses of wine followed by an open cash bar. Troquet River North has a sustainable wine system through a draft pour, which reduces bottles and corks. Reservations in advance are highly recommended. Chicagoans and hotel guests can RSVP by calling Troquet at 312-202-9900. Green enthusiasts should attend the events armed with green tips and sustainable ideas to share.

  • Spotlight on Amlings Interior Landscape

    Posted on April 18th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    We are thrilled to be partnering with Amlings Interior Landscape for our Green Thumb Photo Contest this Earth Month. They have generously offered beautiful flowers to the winner of the contest. For more than 30 years, Amlings has served the Chicagoland area as a professional, responsive plant care company. Amlings prides themselves on creating beauty, and have done amazing things for Hotel Felix and for Chicago’s public green spaces! Take a look at the photos from their website:

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    The winner of the Green Thumb Photo Contest also receives a free night’s stay at Hotel Felix. Submit your green photo tagged with #GreenFelix now through April 30 for your chance to win. For official contest rules, click here.

  • A Glowing Review from a Frequent Guest

    Posted on April 15th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Guest reviews mean a lot to us at Hotel Felix. We love hearing feedback from guests. Recently, we received a glowing review from a frequent guest that made us so happy that we wanted to share it.

    “At NASDA we are in the trade show business in an unusual way. We work in concert with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service to create international trade opportunities for U.S. companies in the food business. This has led us into partnership with FMI (the Food Marketing Institute) and NRA (the National Restaurant Association) over the past fifteen years, and, as a result lots of time in Chicago.

    We have housing needs for our staff, for international visitors, and occasionally the staff of our members. But the thing we need most is flexibility. Marianne Encarnado and the rest of the sales staff at the Hotel Felix have consistently gone out of their way to accommodate our basic needs and our need for flexibility with last minute changes, etc. These are things that we can’t get through conventional approaches and are difficult to get when you a constantly switching properties. The flexibility we have at the Hotel Felix is very helpful.

    It helps that we like the hotel and its restaurant. The hotel staff is efficient and friendly, and it’s nice to return to a place where you are remembered! The rooms are compact but intelligently organized to use the space efficiently. It doesn’t hurt that I like modern design. Finally the location is very good as well.

    Hotel Felix is a near perfect solution for us.”

    Many travelers who stay at Hotel Felix leave reviews. If you are interested in seeing more reviews from past guests on Trip Advisor.

  • Go Explore. We’ll park the car.

    Posted on March 21st, 2014 gjordan No comments

    As comfortable and cozy as our rooms are, Chicago is a city full of adventure. A few steps in any direction brings new experiences that make traveling fun. Whether you are looking for a fun night out, or a relaxing night in, the last thing you want to worry about is parking. Don’t add more stress to your travels, book our Park & Stay Package. The Park & Stay Package gives you full in-and-out privileges, so when you do want venture a little farther, we would be happy to get the car. Not all adventures are planned- we understand.

  • Plus, with Chicago’s bike share program, Divvy, you can leave the car with us, and explore Chicago the eco-chic way. When there are Divvy stops at every Chicago landmark and one steps away from the hotel, it’s almost too convenient.

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    Photo from: peopleforbikes.org

    No matter what brings you to Chicago, when you book the Park & Stay package the last thing you have to worry about is the meter running out in the middle of the night. With our Park & Stay Package, we take care of the parking so you can sleep easy.

  • Smart Travel on a Budget – #TravelTuesday

    Posted on March 18th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    When someone says they know how to save money while traveling, we listen! Veteran consumer travel advocate Christopher Elliott’s How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler (and Save Time, Money and Hassle) gives smart travel advice on airlines, car rentals, cruises, hotels and more, and answers questions that we all ask when booking vacations or weekend getaways.

    Consumer travel advocate Christopher Elliott teaches us all how to be smarter travelers.

    Consumer travel advocate Christopher Elliott teaches us all how to be smarter travelers. Source: Christopher Elliott

    Elliott makes sense of the many, many different blogs and review sites out there, and offers highlighted smart travel tips throughout the book:

    Facts have to be verified by at least three independent sources when you’re a journalist. The same rule applies to travel recommendations. Don’t put all your money on one review from a single source, or even on many reviews from one source. Ideally, you’ll want to make sure three sources that are independent of one another confirm the review.

    As Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel, we encourage you to purchase the eco-friendly Kindle version of this book, available for $9.99 on Amazon.com. Happy reading!

  • Eco-Friendly Travel: Pack Light & Fly Green

    Posted on March 12th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Even the choices you make when booking a flight can make a difference for our planet. This list from For Dummies outlines six eco-friendly travel tips for packing light and flying green.

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    Did you know that booking a daytime flight can reduce your carbon footprint? The article also recommends flying airlines who use newer airplane models, and upgrading to a larger carry-on to avoid having to check a bag (lighter plane means less fuel).

    Take an opportunity to learn more about green travel and choose Hotel Felix Chicago for your next eco-friendly vacation destination. Our sustainable amenities include:

    ☻Natural southern exposure, which aids in heating building in wither months
    ☻Preserved building structure in re-development, which prevented non-biodegradable materials going to landfills
    ☻Exterior sculptures made from reclaimed materials
    ☻Low energy-use lighting, such as compact fluorescent & LED throughout building
    ☻”Recycling Room” used by the hotel to sort recyclables
    ☻Use of USGBC approved cleaning supplies that are earth friendly
    ☻Use of free trade coffees and chocolates

    We can’t wait to see you soon!

  • Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras Celebrations at Hotel Felix Chicago

    Posted on March 4th, 2014 gjordan 1 comment

    Happy Fat Tuesday! Each year we celebrate Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, at Hotel Felix Chicago. We treat the entire team – from the senior managers to housekeeping – to a delicious lunch. What’s best – everyone gets into the spirit by wearing beads and masks in celebration.

    This year, we opted to have a nontraditional meal. Rather than the expected, we dined on Spanish paella, bread pudding, clams and more! Quite the feast!

    Following are photos from the day, which you can also see a sampling on our Facebook page.

    George Jordan, Area General Manager and SVP of Oxford Hotels & Resorts, joined in on the fun!

    George Jordan, Area General Manager and SVP of Oxford Hotels & Resorts, joined in on the fun!

    Mardi Gras Mask! Tiara! Beads!

    Mardi Gras Mask! Tiara! Beads!

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    Happy Fat Tuesday!

    Happy Fat Tuesday!

    Happy Fat Tuesday from Hotel Felix Chicago!

    Happy Fat Tuesday from Hotel Felix Chicago!

    The managers take a minute to smile for the camera on Fat Tuesday at Hotel Felix Chicago.

    The managers take a minute to smile for the camera on Fat Tuesday at Hotel Felix Chicago.

    Happy Fat Tuesday from Hotel Felix Chicago!

    Happy Fat Tuesday from Hotel Felix Chicago!

    Randy and Troy having fun on Fat Tuesday.

    Randy and Troy having fun on Fat Tuesday.

    Happy Fat Tuesday! Gorgeous smiles from Hotel Felix Chicago.

    Happy Fat Tuesday! Gorgeous smiles from Hotel Felix Chicago.

    Our bellman greeted guests today in a Mardi Gras mask in celebration of Fat Tuesday.

    Our bellman greeted guests today in a Mardi Gras mask in celebration of Fat Tuesday.

    Happy Fat Tuesday from Hotel Felix Chicago!

    Happy Fat Tuesday from Hotel Felix Chicago!

    Phew! When it was all said and done, our feast looked like this...

    Phew! When it was all said and done, our feast looked like this…

    Fat Tuesday is always a great way to celebrate at the hotel and remind all team members how much we appreciate them. Hope you’re celebrating tonight too.

  • Proud to Be in the Top 10 from ChicagoTravelers.com

    Posted on February 25th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    We would like to give one big thank you to ChicagoTraveler.com for adding us in their review of the Top 10 Downtown Chicago Hotels.

    We are happy to be on your Top 10 – and even more honored that you mentioned that we are one of your “absolute favorite Downtown Chicago Hotels.” We’ll admit our location in River North is a great location, no matter what you want to do in Chicago. We are steps away from Magnificent Mile shopping and entertainment, various restaurants, and fun places in the city.

  • Even Madeline and Scrappy made a cameo!

    Even Madeline and Scrappy made a cameo!

    We are proud to be Chicago’s first LEED Silver certified hotel because we strive to give our guests a great experience and stay Happy. Naturally. We try to welcome guests with an elegance inspired by natural elements, which can be seen in our décor with our wall of wood and cozy modern fireplace. Not only do we like to bring natural elements in, but we also maintain “green” standards to help sustain the elements outside the hotel.

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  • Next time you’re in town, we hope you’ll stay with us or stop by to see all that our hotel has to offer. Tweet us about your upcoming travel plans and adventures in the city. Snap a picture and tag us on Instagram (@HotelFelix) next to our wall of wood. We love to know that our guests our comfortable and of course, Happy. Naturally.

  • To see us on Chicago Traveler’s List of Top 10 Hotels in Downtown Chicago click here. To check out our Instagram click here and to join us on Twitter click here.

  • Book the Felix Special for Great Rates this Season

    Posted on February 18th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Whether it is an escape from the thunder-snow or a midwinter trip, don’t forget about the Felix Special.

    For rates starting at $89 a night (plus tax), you can escape to our cozy rooms with plush luxurious bedding, complimentary wireless high speed Internet access and a 32-inch HD TV. If you’re looking for more relaxation, let the Asha Spa at Hotel Felix help with your winter stress. The Asha Spa and the Felix Special give you a chance to loosen your tie, step out of those heels and find time for yourself.

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    Or, if you’d rather explore the city and get out, try one of the many activities happening right in the heart of downtown Chicago. Try ice skating in Millennium Park or a shopping trip down the famed Michigan Avenue.

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    Photo Credit: Boston Public Library

    At rates starting at just $89/night plus tax, this is an amazing deal in downtown Chicago. So, decide if you need relaxation or time to explore the city – and then make your arrangements. Hotel Felix’ always-accommodating concierge would be more than happy to help you book your trip. Have fun. Relax. Explore. The options are endless.
    For more information on the Felix Special or to book a room, click here.

  • The Girl & Globe Giveaway Winner – Guest Post

    Posted on February 6th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    And now… a special guest blog post from Becky at The Girl and Globe
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    You may have noticed some of the excitement on The Girl and Globe in January when we offered a “Michigan Avenue Madness” package at Hotel Felix to one lucky winner! With all this cold winter weather, escaping to Chicago to curl up in a cozy boutique, go shopping, and bundle up to explore the River North neighborhood is the perfect opportunity.

    Overall, 287 entrants thought a stay at the Hotel Felix sounded wonderful and it’s time to announce the winners of this giveaway. Congratulations to Ron B. who won
    • a 2-night stay at the Hotel Felix
    • a $50 gift card to “The 900 Shops”, a huge shopping destination right around the corner from the hotel on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
    • a gift bag filled with goodies and discount vouchers to stores and restaurants
    • an “Exclusively 900 Card” for discounts and incentives within The 900 Shops, including an additional signature gift if you make a $100+ shopping purchase

    The Girl and Globe Giveaway Winner Announced

    Thank you to everyone for entering! If you missed out this time, you’ll find special offers and fantastic packages at Hotel Felix so you can plan your own Chicago giveaway.