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Chicago's Essex Inn

5,145 reviews
+1 312-939-2800

Top Amenities

Free Wifi
Fitness Center

Chicago’s Essex Inn Offers Extraordinary Lake Michigan Views

What Does a Chicago’s Essex Inn Room Include?

Rooms average 185 square feet; suites span to 350 square feet but feel larger because of the floor to ceiling windows that offer light and views of the city, Lake Michigan, or Grant Park. The art-deco styled rooms feature framed art posters, marble bath countertops, and plush bedding. A refrigerator, coffee or tea maker, iPod docking station, room service, and a LCD TV with cable and HBO make you feel at home. 

What Features Does the Chicago’s Essex Inn Offer?

The best feature of this Chicago hotel is the pool with two sun decks and a rooftop garden that provides incredible city and lake views. There is a French restaurant that offers a patio set on Michigan Avenue for delicious food and people watching. Other notable features include ATM, fitness center, luggage storage, computer station, and free Wi-Fi.

How Much Will a Stay at Chicago’s Essex Inn Cost?

Among the hotels in Chicago, the room rates are on the lower side, starting at $125 in the low-peak seasons of fall and winter but averaging $189 to $199 in the summer season. A suite with two double beds or one king bed averages $237 in summer. 

What’s There to Do Nearby?

This Chicago hotel is across from Grant Park, 3 blocks from Lake Michigan and 4 blocks from the Art Institute. It’s just a mile to the Loop theaters. At nearby Lake Michigan, there is a 20-mile pathway that offers walking, jogging, and biking along with bicycle and Segway rentals.

What’s the Bottom Line?

This accessibility-enabled Chicago hotel puts you in the middle of all the city’s sites at a reasonable price geared toward families, couples, and individuals.





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800 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
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User Highlights
"Location was superb" "Superb location"
96% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
Not enough parking facilities, according to 59%.
"Excellent front desk service" "Staff was very nice and accommodating"
88% found the staff to be very friendly.
65% said the reception staff was ok.
Value for money
"For the price cant be beat" "Paid for cheaper hotels"
61% said the breakfast was too expensive.
97% thought it was a great value.
"Large indoor pool" "Clean pools"
Dirty pool, said 67%.
"Drains cleaned" "Everything clean"
Only 50% said rooms were clean enough.
57% thought the cleanliness of the hotel was average.
"Pricey for breakfast" "Just cold cereal"
61% said the breakfast was too expensive.
"Dirty towels in the bathroom" "Horrible air condition"
85% complained about the bathroom.
77% said rooms were small.
"Network unsafe" "Unusable Internet"
75% said the wifi quality was bad.
97% thought it was a great value.
"Walls are paper thin" "Ac falling apart"
77% said rooms were small.
Beds were acceptable for 60%.
"Vending machines don't work" "Old carpets"
68% thought the building wasn't nice.
For 57%, the lobby entrance was sub-standard.
"Old carpets" "Carpet was old"
82% criticized the unstylish hotel.
For 57%, the lobby entrance was sub-standard.

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Rooms need regular maintenance
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Expert Reviews
Time Out
The 1999 makeover of this '70s-style hotel, located in the shadow of the hulking Hilton, has placed it squarely in the ‘best buy’ category.
Don't judge this hotel on appearance alone: the nondescript, plain-brick tower is actually one of the city's most accessible and family-friendly hotels.
Lonely Planet
Walk out to the 4th-floor rooftop garden and soak in the sun, or swim protected in the giant glass-enclosed pool, which looks like a bit like an Olympic pavilion.
Hotel Information
Bar or Lounge
Business Center
Fitness Center
Free Wifi
No Smoking
Spa or Sauna
From 4:00pm*must be 18 or older to check-in
Until 11:00am
# of Rooms
  • Deposit: USD 75 per stay
  • Parking Fee: USD 60 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway Bed Fee: USD 25.00 per day
Handicap Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible