The hotel itself is well-located, but my problem was that the air conditioning in the passageways (particularly the 9th floor where I stayed) was infernal!! I woke up at about 2am with such a bad chill I thought I was in the Antarctic. I couldn't understand what was happening because I had turned off the aircon in my room. I realised the morning after that the cold was coming in under the door from the passage, where they had turned the aircon to such a point that it was freezing. I was there in August during the summer so I can understand the need for air conditioning but it really seems a waste to use such a lot of it. Besides the waste of electricity, it really made my stay quite unpleasant. The next night I plonked a towel under the doorway of my bedroom to stop the freezing air entering! Otherwise, rooms are big and fine and the location is good. Re hotel reception, some of the staff (not all) are quite surly and look like they hate their job - I understand though - I couldn't bear to live with that horrid air con every day!
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Chicago`s Essex Hotel Chicago
- Chicagos Essex Hotel
- Essex Inn Chicago
- Hotel Chicagos Essex