I was pleasantly surprised by my Essex stay. The reviews have been mixed so I was prepared for the worst. The hotel has clearly been remodeled recently and while it is by no means ornate, it has pleasant "vibe" to it. The room was larger than I expected (again, given the reviews). I've stayed at other hotels in downtown Chicago at twice the price and had smaller rooms. The toilet and the bath tub where the only 2 fixtures which had not been replaced. The toilet might be a bit small for a larger person that me. Clearly people were smaller when the hotel was originally built. Basic internet service was included with the room, so I could check email for free. Watching NFL video highlights, however, required purchasing a $8.95 upgrade. Overall a very good experience if opulence is not a requirement.
- 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