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Chicago's Essex Inn

5,189 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
Overall Guest Score
"Location was superb" "Excellent location and priced"
94% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
Not enough parking facilities, according to 61%.
"Very helpful and outstanding customer service" "Wonderful front desk and concierge staff"
88% found the staff to be very friendly.
66% said the reception staff was ok.
"Great leisure facilities" "Gym fine"
top-notch fitness area, thought 85%.
74% loved the sauna.
"Proximity to pool and rooftop garden" "Pool deck was dirty"
Dirty pool, said 71%.
"Paid for cheaper hotels" "Laughable experience"
88% thought it was a great value.
74% said the breakfast was too expensive.
"Supper tiny" "Plate damaged"
50% thought the dining experience was appropriate.
The price was too high for 71%.
"Stains on the walls and ceiling" "Sheet had blood stains"
51% said rooms were dirty.
54% thought the cleanliness of the hotel was average.
"Sheet had blood stains" "Carpet is very old and dirty"
88% complained about the bathroom.
74% said rooms were small.
"Ac falling apart" "Terrible rattling noise"
74% said rooms were small.
Beds were acceptable for 60%.
"Narrow hallway" "Smell in the rug on the floor"
67% thought the building wasn't nice.
For 57%, the lobby entrance was sub-standard.
"Unusable internet" "Internet signal was very spotty"
78% said the wifi quality was bad.
88% thought it was a great value.
"Towels we received were old and thin" "Sink was very poorly designed"
84% criticized the unstylish hotel.
For 57%, the lobby entrance was sub-standard.
"Dry Martini" "Bar none"
Alcoholic drinks were not bad, according to 50%.
"Pricey for breakfast" "No complimentary breakfast"
74% said the breakfast was too expensive.

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Hotel could use some updating
Expert Reviews
Although the exterior of this hotel is not particularly inviting, the clean rooms are tastefully decorated.
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.
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 65 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway Bed Fee: USD 25.00 per day
Handicap Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible