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Chicago's Essex Inn
Ranked #137 of 190 Hotels in Chicago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews
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“very nice trendy hotel”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

Had to pay extra night because of early check inn, then they gave me the wrong room, (double beds), the tile in the 1st room in bathroom was missing at the tub, 2nd room was nice. looks like this hotel needs an update. lots of burned out lights all over hotel. looks like they cut down on the maintenance staff.also stains on the carpet, all in all great place for the price on grant park.

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Buffalo NY
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Went on a ladies 3 day Mother's Day get-away May 10-13. We stayed at Chicago's Essex Inn on South Michigan Ave. I have to say the woman who arranged this trip did her homework, we were in a great location. We arrived at 9 am Friday, the hotel stored our bags for us at no extra charge. The Hotel staff pointed us to the perfect breakfast restaurant 3 blocks away. We were mere steps from the trolley pick up and drop off stop. We were in a smoking room on floor 3, but the room was very clean and the windows opened to let fresh air in. No problems asking for extra towels, they arrived 5 minutes after I asked. Everyone was so helpful and smiled. I would stay here again if I ever go back to Chicago!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here in 2010 and thought hotel seemed worn out, tatty and past it's prime. On arriving yesterday found it much improved. Lobby recently refurbished and my room was great with side views to both the Lake and Willis(Sears) Tower as well as spotlessly clean. Wifi is now free and I found it reliable and fast enough to stream BBC iPlayer for radio from UK. Well done!

Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

I always THOUGHT this place looked dingy from the outside BUT my husband surprised me a couple years back for our Anniversary and I fell in love with it! We always stay here now!

For the best view of Lake Michigan and Grant park, you have to get a King Suite or deluxe room but it is economical, floor to ceiling windows with phenomenal view, indoor pool, quiet at night, clean, modern...the list goes on!

We will be back in July and Christmas! This was the first time we bought a package which included art institute and parking. Just love it! Sun rises are breathtaking!

Thank you Essex!!
The D'Amores

Stayed May 2013
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Chicago:
Essex Inn. Staff helpful always, ideal position for everything. Our 17th floor room was so quiet, spacious and very clean. Suited us perfectly. made coffee in room, The open topped tour bus picked us up outside and was really informative, so much to do in that wonderful City......Hop on Hop off so much used over 2 days. Also convenient walk to Metro, was so easy to get around. Chicago did not seem to have any litter or graffiti ANYWHERE. Millennium square very nice to spend an hour or so in....... and walked along the beautiful lakeside with miles of parks fronting.

Room Tip: We asked for room overlooking the Lake, but it did not face directly over Michigan Avenue so no nois...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

A great place to stay in downtown Chicago if you are on a budget.
Not very far from all the main touristic places if you like to walk a bit. If you don't, they have a free one way shuttle very useful. Subway is 2 blocks from. Easy to catch a cab cause of its location on Michigan av.
Rooms are standard, quiet, clean, old fashion's (that doesn't mean bad).
Staff was very professionnal. Desk and concierge are top notch. Room service pretty good too.
Ask for a high floor to avoid the pool view and a bit of street noise.
I was with my little daughter, we enjoyed the pool. It's family friendly


Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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85 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2013

I was in Chicago for 5 days for a conference and stayed in this hotel. Was on the 2nd highest floor and from the side, the view of Lake Michigan was just fabulous. There are some rooms which have a direct view of the lake but from my room, I could only see from the side. There is a swimming pool and gym on the 4th floor which I found quite good for relaxation. Hotel is also conveniently located a few blocks from the CTA (trains) and you could take a stroll along the park (just opposite), visiting various attractions and ending up at the shopping avenue.

One thing I did not like about the hotel is the heating system which is automatic and quite noisy throughout both day and night. Corridor is a bit dark and I think they can improve on the lighting.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Chicago's Essex Inn
Address: 800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605-7101
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #137 of 190 Hotels in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chicago's Essex Inn 3.5*
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, the Essex Inn offers amazing views and amazing value. ... more   less 
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