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Chicago's Essex Inn
Ranked #144 of 192 Hotels in Chicago
Reviewed 9 July 2012

Stayed there for 1 night in April of 2012. The location is hard to beat: on Michigan Ave, next to the Millennium Park and the Art Institute. Value is good too (payed $70 through Priceline). Room was OK: no charm, old decoration, cheap furniture, motel-quality bathroom, overly-soft beds. But the price is really good given the location. Don't expect 4-star service either. You get the bare minimum. Good for solo travelers or road trippers. Not for a romantic getaway.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Loved our stay here, was only in town for a night when my flight got canceled do to the weather. Nice clean and good staff.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

I stayed here while attending a conference at the Hilton across the street. It was wonderfully convenient not only for the conference, but also for going to the museums and walking in Grant Park and Millenium Park. The room was small, but perfectly adequate for me. If you have two or more people and a lot of stuff, it wouldn't work, but maybe they have larger rooms too. There's a pool, a small exercise room and a rooftop terrace overlooking Grant Park that's a nice place to sit in good weather. The first night I could hear the trains, but they didn't keep me awake. On subsequent nights, I didn't even notice them. The bed was very comfy.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

It is a clean place, which in my opinion is the most important aspect of a hotel room, but the rooms are incredibly small. The bathroom is also too small and the sink is the size of a cereal bowl. The small sink made it very difficult not to spill water out of the sink when brushing teeth, washing face, etc. The price per night was comparable to the Hilton right across the street from it. I should have just stayed there instead.

Another issue was that too much cold air blew in through the window facing the outside. Makes for some uncomfortably cold nights in February/March (when I was there).

It was good other than those things. There was a small oversight on our bill, but they took care of it with no problems. The staff was friendly. Nothing went missing in our rooms. Comfy beds. Room service was good.

The tininess of the rooms and the cold draft are the only things that bothered me. I would stay here again only if there was no space at the Hilton or other hotel close by.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

Visited Chicago last year with my Father it was a joining Hotel for Route 66 tour which tour was just OK nothing spectacular if ever did Route 66 again would just drive you get to stop wherever you want you do not get that choice on a bus tour! I live in Australia so travelled a real long way but Chicago is a beautiful city am planning on visiting again next year with my children.Essex inn is in a good location,have to agree with some other reviews that the cafe downstairs is very expensive and also the menu choices are pretty sparse as well! But would stay again though! There is a starbucks up the road which is handy for your morning caffiene fix!

Room Tip: I had a high level room with the view of the side of the Hilton was not to bad!!
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Chicago's Essex Inn

Address: 800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605-7101
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #144 of 192 Hotels in Chicago
Price Range: ₹ 5,080 - ₹ 19,996 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chicago's Essex Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 254
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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