Does size matter? Hotel Felix in Chicago
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Sometimes size matters.
But in the case of hotel rooms I'm not sure that's necessarily true. Take for example, the very pleasant stay we had at the Hotel Felix, 111 W. Huron St., during a recent visit to Chicago.
Online reviews frequently malign this eco-friendly (read: the first hotel in Chicago to be LEED certified) hotel for its cramped quarters. However, while the rooms are small, they are clean and functional. In fact, they're comparable to a variety of European-style hotels I've stayed at in New York and beyond (often at a much higher price).
Our room, which featured a comfortable king sized bed with well appointed linens, a basic bath with a standing shower, a desk with a comfortable chair and flat panel HDTV. Locally made truffles provided a welcoming touch, coming in handy after a long day when a sweet treat felt well-deserved.
Decor was modern, the room was clean, and the bed was comfortable. Bath robes, quality towels and verbena-scented L'Occitane products spiffed up the otherwise basic bathroom, where my one complaint was the shallow depth of the sink, because water had a tendency to splash up and out of it, particularly while I was washing my face.
While there wasn't a bounty of space, the layout was efficient and we were able to work, dress and enjoy a bit of down time when we weren't out and about in downtown Chicago.
Complimentary fair trade coffee and tea is served daily in the lobby, where you can lounge in comfortable chairs and relax to the sounds of a trickling water feature.
The free wi-fi was fast and efficient; I was able to plow through a work project or two (including processing some video) without any trouble. Valet parking with in-and-out service was $50 per night, which is priced competitively for Chicago. Even better, staff were friendly and efficient, even calling it to our attention when we almost left one of our cell phones in the front seat of the car.
Although we didn't take advantage, the hotel also has a fitness center where you can get in your daily workout; there is also an Aveda spa that offers up a variety of treatments, including facials, body treatments and massages.
Location & dining
Hotel Felix is conveniently located less than 10 blocks from eateries like Frontera Grill, Naha and MK. It's also within a mile of hot spots like Eataly and just about five blocks from Michigan Avenue shopping. There are also conveniences located within just a few blocks, including a Walgreens and Whole Foods where you can pick up snacks or last minute supplies.
Before heading out on Saturday morning, we grabbed a reasonably delicious breakfast at the attached French restaurant, Troquet. Staff was friendly, and the food, which included a respectable eggs Benedict and a great cup of coffee, was solid. The restaurant itself was quaint and seemed like it would be a great place to grab a glass of wine during the evening hours when the restaurant features live music Wednesday through Saturday.
Our room was $179 (with most running under $250) over a busy weekend, which is definitely competitively price in the Chicago market.
The bottom line
If you're looking for a comfortable, clean hotel in a great location where you can get a great night's sleep, the Hotel Felix just might be your ball of wax.
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