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Great Horkesley, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights at the start of our Route 66 tour. We found the welcome was warm and room large and comfortable, if not a little dated. There is an incredible pool on site. Make sure to buy VIP aquarium tickets from the hotel as this enables you to skip the lines and are cheaper than at... More 

3 Thank Sarah C
Nashville, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 November 2013

The hotel is vintage. Although rooms and common spaces have been updated the plumbing is a bit tired. The staff were not tired. The staff were friendly and helpful. The room was mostly clean except for 3 long black hairs in the shower and tub either from the cleaning person or a previous guest I assume. If you want lots... More 

Thank Festus W
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2013

Wow wow and wow... I can only come up with Plus's for this hotel. Firstly, it has great staff on all levels! Everyone is friendly and tries to make your stay unforgettable. Secondly, location can simply not be beaten for a tourist. You are within walking distance to all of Chicago's main sights and if really you want to venture... More 

1 Thank dutchboy81
Dover, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2013

Stayed 3 nights at the Chicago's Essex. Good location. The tour hop on hop off bus stop is only some 200 metres from the hotel. Comfortable clean room. Friendly Staff. Breakfast and Dinner in the restaurant/bar very good. Free WiFi.

1 Thank Bob0007
Atlanta, GA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2013

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... More 

3 Thank mde6335
Lima, Ohio
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2013

We stayed two nights. We had two rooms. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms were a bit worn, one room had a non-functional outlet, and the shower was weak in one room, but I'd recommend the hotel overall.

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Milwaukee, WI
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2013

My husband & I stayed here with our 2 kids. Location is walking distance to the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum. Hotel staff was very friendly and helpful and the pool was really nice too. Our room was clean and well-kept, but HOT. Not sure why it was so warm in there. We called and complained, maintence came to fix... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2013

Me and my boyfriend stayed here for 8 nights. We took a deal on Hotwire, so considering that price the value was okay. Had we paid the listed price I think we would have been disappointed, although the hotel prices in Chicago are quite high. Our first room was a double room on the fifth floor facing E 8th St,... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2013

My Wife and I stayed for a couple of nights after a trip across from Seattle on the "Empire Builder" ( See seperate review) the check in was painless and the staff were very helpfull. The room we had was at the front of the hotel and about half way up. The room was very clean and pleasant. We ate... More 

1 Thank Jontheroadagain
Blackburn, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2013

Visited Chicago in early September during a heatwave (94 degrees at 18.40 in the afternoon) The hotel was cool and clean, a great welcome at reception, and our room was spacious, with king bed, TV, ironing board, filter coffee maker, safe etc Bathroom spotless, beds made up daily with fresh towels, shampoo, lotions etc replaced each morning. Located at the... More 

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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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Address: 800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Price Range: ₹ 5,523 - ₹ 18,410 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chicago's Essex Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 254
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Chicago`s Essex Hotel Chicago
Chicagos Essex Hotel
Essex Inn Chicago
Hotel Chicagos Essex
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“The hotel needs an update”
 of 5 bubbles Sana-ali, 17 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Best views facing Michigan Ave.”
 of 5 bubbles jimcC2047MD, 11 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room at a higher level for a better view.”
 of 5 bubbles americantraveller74, 5 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for the highest level AND when alone, don't take a 2 bed room but a single bed room with view on the park(and so also lake).”
 of 5 bubbles gewijdehalewijn, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
“4 th floor is pool and deck with view all rooms seem great”
 of 5 bubbles rockanroll4u, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
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