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Davisburg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We stayed here the last weekend in December. The hotel is 60ish in style, but met my criteria of reasonably clean and comfortable. We never look for a luxury room as we always come to Chicago to explore our time in the city.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We visited this hotel on a family trip based on trip advisor advice. It was right. We made it cheaper by booking 4 into 1 room. It was much cheaper, but cosy. We had 3 places across the country to visit. The reception staff were friendly and helpful with efficientcheck in / out. The bathroom was small, but how much... More 

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Ardgroom, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This hotel is in a great location - right across from a beautiful park.The rooms are comfortable with huge windows overlooking the park and Lake Michigan. The staff are very friendly. Only downside was that it cost 50 dollars a day to park your car.

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La Marina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Essex for 2 nights during May 2014. The staff are friendly and efficient, and it is extremely well located. The main problem is that it seems a bit tired. The air conditioning is so old that it comes with an apology in every room! Only one lift was working in the two days... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

My daughter and I had a two-room suite: bedroom with two double beds, sitting room with pull-out sofa. This was perfect for us, since I could get up early, close the door and not worry about disturbing my daughter. The view was spectacular. I did hear the elevator one night, and some loud voices in the middle of the night... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Stayed here for 5 nights. Would have liked to have been a bit nearer town. Next door to Hilton, which was useful for Kitty O'Hara's bar and shops. Room clean, everything you need, including a fridge (always useful). Staff very friendly and helpful. Cashpoint in reception useful and courtesy bus very useful taking you into town. Driver very friendly and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I'm writing this review as I'm currently checked in. Room is decent for the price. The hallways are nice and cool but the guest bedrooms are extremely hot and humid.Front desk said open a window. Need to work on the a/c.

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Westford, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I booked using hotwire and when I checked in I was given a smoking room even though I had called ahead and asked them for a non-smoking room. Had to go back to the reception and ask them for a change. They did change to a non-smoking room. So if you book using hotwire you are more than likely to... More 

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Telford
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We stayed in this hotel for two nights at the beginning of a Route 66 road trip and when booking we had been looking for something with a good location and for a certain budget. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived as we had paid a relatively cheap price compared to the other hotels on offer in the same... More 

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GMEssexInn, Manager at Chicago's Essex Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your detailed feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your self and hope the rest off your Route 66 tour was enjoyable. At your leisure I would like to discuss your stay further with you. When you have a moment if you could email me jscott@essexinn.com your contact information. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I stayed at Essex Inn for 5 nights to attend a convention at McCormicks. Initially checked in and was given a room on the smoking floor (3rd). Not wanting all my stuff to smell of smoke, I went back to the reception and ask to move. They didn't have an issue with this and I was moved to the next... More 

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GMEssexInn, Manager at Chicago's Essex Inn, responded to this review

Dan, Thank you very much for your detailed feedback. we appreciate you taking the time to give us more information and would like to discuss your stay with you directly. At your convenience, could you please send me your contact details.. jscott@essexinn.com More 

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Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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Amenities

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  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Meeting Rooms
  • Concierge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
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, the Essex Inn offers amazing views and amazing value. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Chicago's Essex Inn

Address: 800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605-7101
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Price Range: $122 - $452 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chicago's Essex Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 254
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Chicagos Essex Hotel
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