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“Great weekend stay!” 4 of 5 stars
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Chicago's Essex Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605   |  
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Ranked #108 of 174 Hotels in Chicago
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“Great weekend stay!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

This was my first time staying at the Essex Inn and will not be the last! The location is perfect. Close to the museum campus and restaurants. The front desk attendants, as well as the bellmen were very helpful and cordial. Great service. The room was a nice size. bed and pillows were quite comfortable. Bathroom was clean and nice size. Really liked the floor to ceiling windows, I was on the 12th floor and had a good view of the Willis Tower to one side and the museums and lake to the other. The have a french restaurant on site, but I didn't try it. I had breakfast at Yolk, which is just 2.5 blocks away. Because the "L" is soooo close to the hotel, you will experience the noise. But is not so bad. I will recommend this hotel to friends and family. And I will definitely stay here again.!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Good value for money when compared to the other -more expensive and often more dated- hotels on Michigan Ave. Great location across Grant Park and close to the major landmarks of Chicago. The bar downstairs serves good breakfast, and staff were very friendly, both in the bar and in the hotel.
The bathroom could have been cleaner, but it wasn't dirty. The room itself was spacious and very clean!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

I booked a last minute deal here. Fantastic area near public txpt, lots of museums shopping and restaurants nearby. The room is large and clean. Basic accommodations overall, but a bang for the buck. If you're looking for a boutique this place is not for you.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Participated in a business trip with collegues and the Hilton next door was sold out. I decided to google earth and uncovered the Essex Inn was next door. I was pleasantly pleased with the location, rooms and restaurant at the hotel. The rooms were large for Chicago standards, updated with nice baths and exceptionally clean. The hotel staff was efficient and the room price was reasonable.
I loved the French restaurant especially for a quick breakfast. Definately would book this hotel again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Staff are nice, Rooms are small, bathroom very small. Free wireless in only 56k, if you want high speed you have to pay. Coke machice is $2 for a CAN of coke, parking 46 dollars a day. Lobby very small and cold, Heating / Cooling system - there is a sign at front desk that tells you if the heat is on or the Air, never both. My room had the following issues - outlet plug cover missing, Cold water knob fell off in shower and tub drain backup.
Pool is nice, free shuttle downtown, location not bad. No room service.
Recommend you stay at the Hilton across the street. much never building for about same price.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Essex Inn was a very good hotel. People are very friendly. Room was average - nothing fancy but nice. We had two double beds, One King would have been better. The bed was normal for a hotel bed. The Location was great right on Michigan Ave. We could walk to the park, to the magnificent mile, or to Transit. Overall a good hotel and a good value!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

Good location, we had a nice side view of the lake and the observatory. The rooms were okay. Could do with a refurb in parts, especially in the bathroom. Good pool and gym area. But overall it was okay, would stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Chicago
#98 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Chicago's Essex Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 254
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chicago’s Essex Inn is a hotel in downtown Chicago on the Michigan Avenue Cultural Mile that combines breathtaking panoramas of Grant Park, the Museum Campus and Lake Michigan with exciting promotional packages that incorporate famed attractions and events in Chicago.From our steel and glass lobby to contemporary rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows to an all-season rooftop pool, the Essex Inn offers amazing views and amazing value. ... more   less 
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