Recently on my weekend getaway to Chicago, Illinois, I had the pleasure of staying in Hotel Felix, a cute, eco-friendly boutique hotel located in Chicago’s River North neighbourhood. I loved this hotel, and would definitely recommend it to visitors coming to the city who are looking for unique accommodations in a central location.
Hotel Felix is located at 111 West Huron Street in the River North neighbourhood, and the location couldn’t be better. Most main touristy things were within a short cab ride, or walking distance, and the closest El Train stop was within six minutes walking distance. The hotel was also surrounded by several restaurants, pubs, shops and all the necessities you could need.
My room was on the highest floor (floor 12) and included a king size bed, desk, little table and chair, iPhone docking station, and a medium-sized bathroom (see more below). We also had free WiFi that worked throughout the hotel and rooms. The room was cozy, for the most part quiet (with the exception of some street noise), and was large enough for two people to feel comfortable there for three days.
Rooms start at $129 USD.
The hotel prides itself in being eco-friendly and sustainable, and you can see parts of this throughout the rooms and hotel, including sustainable beauty products in their spa and rooms, the use of low energy lighting and earth friendly cleaning supplies. The hotel itself is built from re-purposed materials to prevent non-biodegradable materials going into landfills, and the decorations in front of the hotel were all commissioned for different Earth Day’s and made out of found and reclaimed materials.
My bathroom was medium-sized and had a shower with no bathtub, but this didn’t bother me as I don’t usually have a bath at hotels anyway. We were provided with shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc. and a blow dryer. The bathroom was a good size, the water was hot, and it served its purpose!
The lobby of the hotel was too cute. It wasn’t excessively large but had a fireplace, funky lighting, a small bar that served tea and coffee in the mornings, and funky and modern decor. There was also a spa (for additional cost), and a fitness room. On top of these areas, attached to the hotel is Troquet, which featured live music every Wednesday through Saturday, had a cute, and rustic design, and served awesome brunch with bottomless mimosas. I only tested out the brunch, but it was reasonably priced and yummy. Usually I’m not someone to eat at my hotel, but I’m glad I did this time.
Overall, Hotel Felix was the perfect boutique accommodation. I’m not a huge fan of staying at large chain hotels, and love these places with a little extra character. If you’re staying in Chicago, definitely look into staying here!
Other reading material for Chicago:
- 2 Days in Chicago
- Eating My Way Through Wicker Park & Bucktown
- A Weekend Getaway in Chicago (Video)
- Taste Testing Chicago’s Best Pizzerias
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary stay from this establishment to conduct a review. I only recommend places that I enjoyed, and would personally recommend to other travellers. All opinions in this piece are my own and 110% honest.