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Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown
Ranked #83 of 192 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 15, 2013

I've stayed at this Embassy Suites location a number of times and recommend this for the location and comfort. Only a block from the subway and easy walking distance to tons of restaurants and only a few blocks to Michigan Avenue shopping.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
1. In room safe - (Located next to refrigerator behind a cabinet door)
2. Refrigerator
3. Microwave
4. Coffee/Tea Maker with coffee and tea
5. Small Bar sink
6. Iron and ironing board
7. 2 large flat screen TV’s
8. Hair dryer
9. Extra sink outside the bathroom (in rooms with 2 queen beds only)
10. Floor length mirror
11. Dose NOT have a Makeup mirror of any kind
12. No ceiling fans
13. No heater in bathroom
14. Bathroom counter extremely low - you have to bend over almost double to brush your teeth
15. Tub with shower
16. Dining room table with chairs
17. Towels and plastic bags are kept in the lobby on rainy days
18. Workout room - includes treadmills, elliptical and recumbent bicycle - TV’s did not work on all the equipment.
19. Indoor pool with Jacuzzi
20. Rooms at the back of the hotel face a parking deck
21. Great location - within walking distance of almost everything downtown
22. Smokers hang around outside the hotel lobby entrance which makes you walk through smoke to enter the hotel


DISCUSSION:

If you are looking for a Carnival Cruise on land then you need to book at this hotel during spring break.

When we arrived on Friday the hotel was packed with families who did not seem to care that there were other people staying at the hotel. Adults would come to the breakfast buffet barefoot, in their flannel PJ’s and with towels wrapped around their hair after getting out of the shower. The lines for getting both breakfast and the cocktails and snacks in the afternoon were a mile long.

I asked the manager whether or not this chaos was typical or whether something special was happening. He said “Oh no, it’s like this every spring break”.

The workout room is in a small room located off of the pool area with no separate access door. When I was working out several young children came in without adult supervision and started playing on the treadmills. This was extremely annoying. There was no sign visible limiting use of the equipment to adults.

The chaos ended after the weekend when spring break was over and then peace, quiet and order was restored.

When we checked in we were given a room that faced a parking deck. I opened the curtain and was looking into the windshield of a car parked in the deck. I went down to the front desk and was immediately given another room with a better view.

Having said all of the above, I have never seen any staff at any hotel clean more than the staff at this Embassy Suites. The property is spotless. There was always someone around cleaning something at almost any time of day. With all the children, food and liquids being handled in the atrium, it is amazing and a credit to the staff that the hotel is able to keep it spotless. The manager was always visible walking around the hotel supervising and observing. Every single one of the staff is extremely friendly always saying hello and offering a smile. I reported to the front desk that we had a light bulb out in the bathroom on my way to breakfast and it was replaced by the time I returned from eating.

Even with all the chaos of the first few days of our stay, would I chose to stay at this hotel again? ABSOLUTELY!!!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

This was a great spot, particularly for families who need a bit of room to spread out. For families with three children who are used to squishing into two beds, this is the hotel for you!
Lots of space for everyone. Two double beds and then a pull out couch in the living room, a little bar fridge, bar sink and a table to eat it make this a great choice for families. Good but smallish pool and a giant cooked to order breakfast. Also, there's a managers reception in the evening with free wine and chips and dip. I didn't go to it, but lots of people were milling about appreciatively. The lobby was being renovated when I was there, will be very stylish. Great location right next door to a little market selling prepared food, wine, groceries etc. Also right next to one of the subway stops--very well located.

Room Tip: All rooms face an interior courtyard on one side. Mine faced a parking garage on the other, side (ca...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Enjoyed our stay at the ES. Rooms with King beds were not available so had to take a room with two full beds. We would have much preferred two queen beds. The reception and the breakfast were very crowded, but was a nice touch.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Wonderful accommodations. Free nutritious breakfast. Attentive service. Great location in central downtown Chicago. Reasonable hotel rate. What else could any ask for. My wife and I will stay at this Embassy Suites Hotel property on all future visits to Chicago.

Room Tip: Our room faced a multi-floor parking garage. Wish we would have upgraded to a room with a better vi...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Fun trip to Chicago, ok stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The thermostat in room did not work. The room was too cold and my children came home sick. We found previous guests trash under the beds as we were checking to make sure we had all our stuff before checking out.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Paul S
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Checked in early in the day. Glad we did. Hotel got very busy around normal check-in time. We were there over Spring Break -- unfortunately. We were not there on vacation and were dismayed to have LOTS of little children--ages 4-7--running all over the hotel unaccompanied. They were running laps around the floors, slamming doors, playing with elevators, screaming. Breakfast was good but you had to go early to avoid long lines. Wish hotel staff would supervise kids at the buffet--saw some pretty gross things (which is another reason to go early--before all the kids get up). Pool and hot tub were overflowing with people so we avoided them.

No issues with the hotel itself. They were finishing up renovations in the lobby but it didn't impact our stay. Hotel staff opened up additional rooms so that there was adequate seating for breakfast. Concierge had a long line so we asked for info from the front desk, and they were very accommodating.

Bottled water in the room was $4. Water in the vending machine was $2. We walked across the street to the corner market and got 6 bottles for $1.99.

You have to pay for internet access which is ridiculous in this day and age. AND, the access is for only ONE device, not every device in the room. Would have been nice if they had clarified this prior to us getting it. I think it's this way with all E.S. though.

Good stay despite the frustration brought on by the crowds. Comfortable beds and pull-out. Air purifier in our room was nice. Great that the window opened so we could get some outside air.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 600 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654-3853
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Near North Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#50 Business Hotel in Chicago
#50 Family Hotel in Chicago
#66 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
Price Range: $104 - $324 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown 3.5*
Number of rooms: 358
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