For a recent trip to Chicago, we tried something we'd never done before - used Hotwire to book a hotel - in an attempt to save some money. As soon as the reservation was confirmed and I was able to read some of the reviews, I was more than a little concerned about what we had gotten ourselves into. But there was no going back. And perhaps because I went in with expectations of microscopic rooms, we were most pleasantly surprised with our Hotel Felix experience. We were fortunate enough to check in quite early in the afternoon, so we were able to get a king bed (our Hotwire reservation had not allowed us to specify a bed size, so I had no guarantees of what we would get). When I compare our experience with what others have posted, I can only conclude it's entirely a matter of chance what your experience will be at Hotel Felix. Our room was plenty large, lots of space around the bed, a chair in the corner with a reading lamp, the TV was mounted above the desk, which was on the wall opposite the bed (perfect for watching TV). The bathroom was large too. Ours included a tub / shower combo, but from reading reviews, I gather that some of the rooms only have a shower. Here's what I don't know because we only saw that one room - was our room super large because it was ADA compliant? We had no need for an ADA room - we simply needed a king size bed because my husband is so tall. The bathroom was equipped with the railings next to the toilet and in the tub which I can't imagine they've done in all the rooms. So perhaps the reason we had so much floor space is because the room is designed to accommodate a wheelchair. I say that in the interest of full disclosure. Yes, our experience far exceeded our expectations, and defies a lot of the other reviews, but I do think staying at Hotel Felix is like gambling in Las Vegas - you take a risk, and sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose.
Being on the street side of the hotel (at our request, in order to escape construction noises behind the hotel) meant we dealt with some street noise. We woke one morning to the honking of a trash truck. And the walls between rooms are not especially thick, so we were able to hear an angry neighbor at one point in our visit. But overall, we were very pleased. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was well appointed with a soothing contemporary decor. The bedding and linens were lovely The location was pretty close to perfect. I would have preferred to be a little closer to Michigan Avenue, but I wasn't willing to spend that kind of money. The walk to Michigan Avenue is easy, and you are near so much great shopping and dining. If you stay at Hotel Felix, let me encourage you to walk a block north to dine at Zed451. I've only been there for Sunday brunch, but it's fantastic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4-star boutique luxury hotel in hip River North district, steps to Mag Mile / Galleries / Clubs. Sophisticated Accommodations; Relaxed Rates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Felix Hotel Chicago