We arrived at our hotel at about 9pm on the Friday- Local time, they got us into our room very quickly and helped us with our bags and parcels that had been delivered to the hotel. The staff were very happy to help and all interacted with us- including the cleaning staff. They advised us on the best food places, best way to call home and places to be.
The location of the hotel was excellent, we was about a 10 minute walk from the Museum Campus of which had the 'Shed Aquarium' and 'The Field Museum' on with many food shops on the way if you took the back route. There was a park opposite the hotel that was full of interesting statues of which you can learn more about if you take the Trolly Bus service- a guided tour around the "loop" of downtown Chicago, the staff on the bus were good to talk to and get facts from about the area. On this service you can pay to hop on and hop off at the various pick up points and use a voucher booklet to get free gifts and money off for places like Garretts popcorn shop. The trolly busses take you to the museum campus, there you can see the famous skyline of Chicago and look across Lake Michigan. There is a stop right near the hotel, at the "Hilton" hotel of which is next door to the Essex Inn!
I would recommend to not book hotel transport from the Airport to your Hotel from a holiday rep in England, as it will cost you more than twice the actual amount when you get there. If you go direct to Go Airport Express you can pay for it there and then and be taken on the next Bus either on a shared Bus or private. This was excellent service, they help with your bags and help you get in and out on the bus safely. (They drive better than most taxis!)
The hotel was simple but we could not fault anything, the wifi is free to use in your room and if any assistance is needed the staff downstairs are more than happy to help.
We stayed for four nights, but would highly recommend a longer stay.
Sue and Charlie.
- 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