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Chicago's Essex Inn

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800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Mumbai
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66 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The hotel has fantastic location. Chicago attractions such as The Adler planetarium, Lake front, Millennium Park, Could gate, Art Institute and Willis Tower, all of these are walking distance from the hotel. The rooms are average. Hotel does not has its own kitchen but there are plenty of eating options nearby including one next to hotel. One Indian restaurant is... More 

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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Can I just get the fact that actually this is quite a good hotel out of the way first before airing my main gripe! On this trip, my son and I have covered nearly 2000 miles driving from Austin to Chicago via Dallas, Memphis, Nashville and St Louis. In all of these great cities the hotels have been really good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Upon arrival, we dropped the car at valet, the baggage at the front, and headed out (we were early for check in). When the room was ready, they called. Smooth and easy. We had a tour booked for the afternoon, so when we got to the hotel, we were a bit worn. It took less than 5 minutes to get... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My kids and I stayed overnight at the Essex Inn, booking through Priceline. It still wasn't cheap, but reasonable for Chicago. The hotel is very well located on Michigan Avenue in the Loop area, very close to the Art Institute and Millennium Park. Parking through the hotel is valet only at $60 a day, but if you drive a few... More 

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Cramlington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Essex Inn is a reasonably priced hotel. Well used by locals and foreigners alike. Good pool and gym. Priced well foot Chicago and location. Rooms a bit grubby around the edges and best suited to couples. Bar okay, although cocktails not really cocktails, more like whatever you want on the rocks. Food isn't bad and reasonably priced. Location is... More 

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Eau Claire WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is an older, smaller hotel. I wasn't expecting much, reviews were varied, but I have to tell you, this is a nice little hotel, especially if you are traveling with children. Our reservation was in order when we arrived, the customer service at this hotel is excellent, everyone was very polite and helpful. There is a very nice indoor... More 

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Bray, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Rooms are spacious and we had a nice park view. About a 15 or 20 minutes walk into main downtown area. No frills hotel that I'd go back to provided price is ok. But if you want somewhere fancy or need to be in the middle of things then try elsewhere

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Immingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived in Chicago to start our fly drive holiday, the hotel was easy to find and the staff were helpful and friendly. The valet parking 60dollars for one night was steep to say the least but the room was warm clean and dry. Would not recommend the food at the restaurant it was OK but not up to the standard... More 

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Sparta, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel was the shinning star in a very unfortunate trip for us. After numerous flight delays from United Airline who also lost our luggage we arrived at the Essex at 2AM, almost 5 hours late! We spoke to Chris before arrival and he was reassuring and kind. When we finally did arrive Darius was behind the desk and could... More 

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