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Hotel Essex

800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605-7101
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 10/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 10/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#28 of 212 hotels in Chicago
Travelers' Choice
Find your home away from home in the elegant accommodations at Hotel Essex Chicago. Our intuitively designed and thoughtfully appointed guest rooms offer a restful energy amidst the bustle of the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows boast an awe-inspiring view of the downtown Chicago cityscape and expansive views of Lake Michigan from Navy Pier to Soldier Field overlooking the Buckingham Fountain. Spoil yourself with perks including luxurious bedding and plush towels, in-room Lavazza espresso machines, Wi-Fi and oversized Smart TVs. When reseverving one of our sumptuous Skyline King rooms can enjoy sweeping vistas of the lakefront, Grant Park and the Museum Campus. Some of our amenities include: 24 hour Fitness Center with Peloton bike, in-room Lavazza espresso machines, 55" Smart TVs with Chromecast, valet, Bluetooth speakers bathroom mirror , wireless charging alarm clock and in-room movie options.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Business Center with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Parking garage
Paid wifi
Happy hour
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Laptop safe
On-demand movies
Complimentary toiletries
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Room types
City view
Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Park View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, Spanish and 2 more
257Reviews71Q+A27Room tips
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Popular mentions
Adonis H wrote a review Nov 16
1 contribution
This is one of my favorite hotels. The service is great and the views from the rooms are even better. My favorite thing is the front desk! Raina is always super helpful! She is such a sweetheart no matter what time I come to check-in. She is always happy to accommodate anything I needed. Will be back.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
Natalie wrote a review Nov 9
1 contribution
The hotel was super clean and safe even with COVID. There’s no daily maid service, to minimize exposure from the staff to the patrons and vice versa, which I definitely agree with. But despite this the hotel does a great job accommodating me. Any needs like clean towels or sheets are easily met. Also Tiara at the front desk is incredibly sweet and helpful. Not to mention the location of this hotel is IDEAL. I would 100% recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in Chicago.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
Jake Goldberg wrote a review Nov 8
Burbank, California1 contribution
I had such an amazing stay at this hotel. It’s beautiful, in the best location, and is also extremely safe in regards to COVID. I would highly recommend staying here if you visit Chicago. The rooms are clean, the staff are nice... you won’t regret it. PS. Ask for Tiara. She’s the best and so extremely sweet
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Ryan Pearson wrote a review Oct 2020
San Diego, California5 contributions
My girlfriend and I decided to come back to her childhood hometown in Illinois while indulging in the many beautiful sites that the city of Chicago has to offer for our two-year anniversary. Between these events we decided to stay at the Essex Hotel in downtown Chicago. On our last night staying at the hotel, we wanted to see more of the city and had really enjoyed our stay at the hotel, so we decided to stay on an extra night. Tiara at the front desk was such an amazing host for us, she was able to treat us to an amazing new room that was beyond words beautiful, and exceeded our expectations. I can’t thank her enough for helping make my girlfriend and I last stay here and anniversary more than we could have asked for. Tiara, if you are reading this, thank you thank you thank you for all your help and for making our anniversary one for the books....you’re amazing!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Katie S wrote a review Oct 2020
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My boyfriend and I came to Chicago for our anniversary trip, and had a 2 night stay booked at Hotel Essex. We decided after the first night, we wanted to extend to another night, and TIARA hooked it up!! She gave us the friendliest service and wanted to make our anniversary extra special by booking us in an upgraded room for the remaining 2 nights—the Skyline King! Top floor, amazing views of the parks, Lake Michigan, and attractions nearby. We felt incredibly special and taken care of under the hospitality of Tiara at Hotel Essex, and would definitely return next time! She was the sweetest!!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$107 - $304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Essex
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Essex?
Nearby attractions include Fox in a Box Chicago (0.2 miles), Jazz Showcase (0.2 miles), and The Loop (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Essex?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a fitness center.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Essex?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Essex?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Essex?
Yes, a parking garage and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Essex?
Conveniently located restaurants include Eleven City Diner, Yolk - South Loop, and Cafecito.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Essex?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is Hotel Essex located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Chicago.
Does Hotel Essex offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Essex?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Russian, Romanian, and Ukrainian.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Essex?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Garfield Park Conservatory (4.9 miles), The Rookery Building (0.6 miles), and Macy's on State Street (0.9 miles).