Hotel Felix – Chicago
When traveling to destinations far from home, it’s always a pleasant surprise anytime we get the opportunity to lay our heads down in a place that feels welcoming and familiar.
During our recent trip to Chicago, Illinois this summer, we discovered such a place located in the heart of the Windy City: the Hotel Felix.
A charming oasis tucked away amid the bustling sidewalks of downtown River North neighborhood, Hotel Felix is a hidden gem of sorts, but one that is certainly not to be overlooked.
Mostly built of repurposed materials (we will explain this awesome phenomenon later on), this modern, upscale hotel is a six minute walk from the nearest L train stop and is an extremely short cab ride (or a moderately short walking distance) from some of the cities most popular tourist spots, shops, and bars.
Upon entering the hotel, we were greeted with a lobby adorned with modern light fixtures and crisp furniture. A ceiling-high mosaic of wooden logs immediately demanded our attention as a slowly trickling water pond with floating orbs danced over a warm and calming fireplace.
The most important concept associated with all of Hotel’s Felix’s decor, is that they all reflect the hotel’s utmost attention to implementing eco-friendly practices.
In fact, the hotel has commissioned three sculptures over the years (Earth Day 2010, 2011, and 2012) made out of found and reclaimed materials: “Loren the Doorman”, made out of recycled pipes, “Madeline, The Baker’s Wife”, and a metal dog named “Scrappy”. Hotel guests still enjoy these works of art today, as they represent the best of what Hotel Felix has to offer: a fun and fanciful spirit.
As we approached the desk to check in, not only were we greeted with smiles and enthusiasm, but were presented two boxes of gorgeous hand-crafted truffles from local chocolatier Katherine Anne Confections (tip: every guest at Hotel Felix receives a box of these decadent treats!)
Our room was spacious considering it was a hotel room located in the middle of the city. The beds were a clean, crisp white, and were fluffy and luxurious to the touch. The bathroom was a bit small in size, but was extremely clean and modern in appearance, and was perfect for our quick weekend getaway.
After unpacking and settling in, we had worked up an appetite from traveling all day. The gracious hotel staff introduced us to their hip signature french bar located adjacent to their lobby: Troquet River North.
Troquet is a simple yet hip tavern-style eatery serving authentic dishes inspired by the many regions of France. Open for breakfast, brunch and any time bistro fare, the restaurant also offers an impressive boutique beer list and state-of-the-art draft wine system featuring numerous varietals.
Once seated, we were immediately served a round of their refreshing house-infused cocktails.
Pictured from front to back is the Blueberry Honey Mint Julep with sweet bourbon, honey simple syrup, and mint blueberry puree, and the Strawberry Lemon Mojito with white rum, strawberry puree, fresh lemon, fresh mint, and lemon club soda.
We then ordered a couple les petites assiettes (small plates) to share:
The “La Charcut” featuring a gorgeous display of creamy assorted charcuterie, spicy Dijon, cornichon, and a crisp, sliced baguette drizzled with fresh olive oil.
The “Poutine” featuring thick-cut fries fried to golden perfection, topped with Wisconsin white cheddar curds, brown butter & sage gravy, and sliced pickled red onion (if you’ve never had poutine, you’re seriously missing out! Think of the dish as a giant deconstructed baked potato, and instead of sour cream and bacon, add cheese curds and savory brown gravy).
And finally, we ordered the “Royale” burger with American cheese, caramelized onion, sweet pickle, and special sauce (think of this as an extremely upscale Big Mac with a french twist!)
Even more enticing than its food and beverage selections is the fact that Troquet features live music every Wednesday and Saturday. Additionally, every Thursday through Sunday, patrons can enjoy happy hour specials of $4 truffle frites, $5 salmon rillette, or $6 glasses of red or white house wine (cause’ let’s be honest – the alcohol is what we’re really there for, right?)
If you’re looking for more great food and activity options while visiting the Windy City, check out our complete travel guide to Chicago here.
It’s no surprise that every intricate detail in Hotel Felix – it’s flawlessly designed interior to the specially crafted menu in its signature dining establishment – has a meaning. The word “Felix” itself means “happy” in Latin. From it’s clean and colorful design to its smiling and playful staff, the Hotel Felix has perfected the art of hospitality.
To check special rates and availability to book your Chicago stay at Hotel Felix today, visit www.hotelfelixchicago.com. Don’t forget to tell them the East Coast Contessas sent you.
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