Don't stay here if you are looking for a posh, luxury hotel room. However, if you don't mind an older (retro?) hotel that is simple, clean and much less expensive, then you'll be okay with Essex Inn.
My friend and I spent the weekend in Chicago and stayed Friday and Saturday night at the Essex. The rooms were average size but the bathroom was a little small. I may not want to have to share it with a family of 4. However, it was clean. And we weren't in the room very much anyway.
Also, be advised that it is a little south of where the bulk of restaurants, shopping and clubs are. We had no problem walking the few extra blocks, and the night we wore heels, we took a taxi for $10 (with tip) to drop us off in near some of the live music venues.
For the price and location, I think it was a good deal. Next time I may look at splurging on a hotel a little further north, but it will just depend on the price. I would consider staying at Essex again.
- 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