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July 28, 2014 / 10:21 am EDT
 
 
 
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Hotel Felix
 
Hotel FelixFeb 12, 2013
Get Happy at Chicago's Greenest Hotel
 
 

It's not often that a hotel's main goal is to make people happy, but not every hotel is the Hotel Felix, Chicago's first LEED Silver certified hotel. After all, even the name Felix is from the Latin word meaning “happy.” Walking into the lobby of the hotel, with its earth-toned spheres suspended over the fireplace and gently peaceful water pond, guests are immediately put into a relaxed, calm state. Even before you set foot in the hotel's entryway, you are introduced to the Hotel Felix's whimsical feel and environmental commitment when you meet Loren, Madeline, and Scrappy, the eco-friendly art sculptures made from recycled pipes and other found items. It's just one of the many ways the Hotel Felix brings happiness to its guests and to the planet.

How did this 1920's apartment hotel become downtown Chicago's first LEED Silver certified hotel? It began with the building's renovation, a project undertaken by Gettys, a Chicago-based design and architectural firm. Many of the firm’s employees are LEED accredited, so a green redesign was a big priority. From preserving the building’s existing structure, which reduced the amount of waste heading to the landfill, to incorporating water and energy efficient systems directly into the redesign, every aspect of the structure’s renovation and subsequent operation has the environment in mind.

Eco-friendly carpet made from recycled materials and bamboo flooring was used, along with low-VOC paints and Forest Stewardship-certified mill work. Energy conservation is achieved through lighting choice and motion sensor heating and air conditioning; while the hotel actually saves over one million gallons of water a year thanks to the hotel’s water reduction program. The full scope of environmentally friendly touches is extensive, covering everything from a paperless front desk, eco-friendly laundry operation with no bleach usage, to free trade coffee and chocolate available to guests.

Checking in at the Hotel Felix, guests can choose among rooms with a double, queen, or king-size bed, with all rooms designated non-smoking for easier breathing. Rooms also boast luxury bedding, Wi Fi Internet access, a work desk for business travelers, an HDTV, and cozy bathrobes. There's no need to leave the hotel for services, as the Hotel Felix offers a 24-hour fitness center; the Asha Spa featuring professionally-trained staff offering massages, facials and the use of Earth-friendly Aveda products; and the on-site restaurant, LM Bistro. In the fitness center, guests can hop on the treadmills or elliptical machines, or keep up with their weight lifting routine. After a hard workout, a relaxing spa visit would be the perfect way to unwind. When you schedule an appointment at the Asha spa, the staff tailors the spa services specifically for your needs through specialty packages that use natural products created only from plant and flower extracts. Finish your day with some drinks and conversation in the lobby lounge before enjoying a meal at LM Bistro. The Euro cuisine is both delicious and decadent, made from fresh organic ingredients and easily paired with a selection of international beers, specialty cocktails or French wines.

Want to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city? You're in luck, since the Hotel Felix is located in the River North neighborhood, right in the heart of shopping, eating, and Chicago nightlife. This neighborhood has the most restaurants in the Chicago area and the most art galleries in the country after Manhattan! You are steps away from Washington Square Park, the Magnificent Mile, and Millennium Park, while the Theatre District, museums and the McCormick Convention Center are only a quick drive. If you've never visited Chicago and need advice, or if you are just looking for some new suggestions, the hotel's red carpet concierge service can help direct you and will even make your reservations. Getting around the city can be done easily on foot if you’re traveling near the hotel. If you rent or drive a hybrid vehicle, the hotel offers free parking.

If you want to get happy on your next trip to Chicago, the Hotel Felix has everything you need to bring on that happy feeling. Your vacation or business trip will be a relaxing and worry-free experience thanks to the Hotel Felix's attentive staff, beautiful and cozy décor, and variety of amenities. As you enjoy your view of the breathtaking Chicago skyline, you can feel good knowing that the Hotel Felix is working to make the environment as happy as it is making you.

 

 
 
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