Chicago Essex Inn

800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60605, United States
(3 star hotel)
#71 of 284 hotels in Chicago
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 4 reviews
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Close to Everything! Walk to Museums, Grant Park,

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 28, 2010

We arrived on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 around 2:00pm for a two night stay. We were allowed to check in early. I asked for a room facing Grant Park. I was told those were only Suites but she'd do the next best thing. We were given a wonderful room on the 14th floor. We were able to look out our window and see Grant Park, Lake Michigan, Soldier Field, The John G. Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum of Natural History and the Adler Planetarium. It was a great view! Below us we could see the covered pool and the open patio on the fourth floor. The pool was large, clean and they had plenty of chairs. The sauna was nice. The Garden Patio was beautiful with a wonderful breeze even in July. Our room was clean and updated with two beds, a desk and chair, a wide screen TV, a refrigerator and an iron and a hair dryer. The bathroom was clean and tidy. The mattresses were comfy and I slept through the night. We only had two very minor problems: 1)There were only 3 sets of towels for 4 people 2) We had to call down for a shower curtain. They had taken it down to wash it and forgot to put up a clean one. When we called, they were there in less than five minutes and installed it very quickly. We had breakfast in the Savoy. It was adequate but expensive - $54.00 for 4 for breakfast. On our last day we asked for a late checkout and were allowed to check out at 12:00 noon. The valet parking was $74.00 for our stay. We thought that was expensive but our car was safe and arrived in the condition we left it in. All in all we had a very good experience at the Essex and felt completely safe walking around everywhere day and evening. I would stay there again in a heartbeat!

Unique Quality: Fabulous View
Close to Museums
Grant Park across the Street
Large Pool
Wonderful Sun Deck on 4th Floor

Directions: On Michigan Avenue Across from Grant Park and next to the Hilton.

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Chicago Essex Inn

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 17, 2007

The Essex Inn met our requirements for a Hotel with adequete facilites.

Unique Quality: Indoor rooftop pool provided the opportunity to swim while the snow was falling outside.

Directions: Chicago's Essex Inn is located on Michigan Avenue, right across the street from Grant Park.

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Accomodation at the south loop

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 19, 2005

The room was clean, but could use a renovation. No ensuite safe deposit boxes and refrigerator/minibar.
You may considder staying here if you get a room for a reasonable pice, way less than $100. This was bellow my expectations of a $200 room, but the price may have been beefed up in relation with ongoing conventions. I've seen others mentioning staying at the Essex Inn at rates less than $100, and that is are more fair price compared to its standard.

Unique Quality: I had a view of the Sears Tower form my room. Internet access and printer is available for free in the lobby and you may also hook up your laptop to their broadband connection, but there is no internet available in rooms.
I did not get to try the fitness room and pool so I can't say much about it.

A few places worth mentioning near by is Buddy Guy's Legends blues club which is located one block away, and the South Loop Club wich is a nice bar/restaurant serving meals til late.

The location is a little bit of the area where things happen since most shopping and evening enetertainment is happeng further north on Madison ave and you may often find yourself walking, taking a taxi or the bus up north. The CTA (bus) stops right outside the hotel.

Directions: Located across from Grant Park at 800 S Michigan Avenue.

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In The Middle of it All

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 9, 2004

I remember staying at this hotel the second time I went to Chicago and I had the time of my life. Aside from the fact that the homeless people outside can be a nuisance, you're within walking distance to everything.

Unique Quality: The Essex Inn located in the heart of the city on Michigan Avenue... across the street from Grant Park and just steps away from the Museum Campus Of Chicago. It has a beautifully landscaped rooftop garden and deck with views of Grant Park and Michigan Ave on a warm day.

Directions: From Ohare International Airport you take the I 90/94 East Toward Chicago. Exit At Congress/290 East To Michigan Avenue. Right On Michigan Avenue about 4 Blocks To 8th Street. The hotel is on the South West corner Of 8th and Michigan.

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Address: 800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60605, United States

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Amenities at Chicago Essex Inn

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Services
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Suites

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