£68.27 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in 30 May 2016 Check-out 1 Jun 2016

Chicago's Essex Inn

3 stars
View map of 800 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.7
out of 5
275 reviews
Nice corner room and staff

We have been to the Essex before, not since 2008, some remodeling since then, we took the train in... See full review

  • clareman
  • 22 Dec 2015
Chicago Bears trip

I still will NEVER understand if check out is @ 11 a.m. then why is check in @ 4 p.m.!?!??? They... See full review

  • TIMOTHY C.
  • 19 Dec 2015

Chicago's Essex Inn in Chicago blends in perfectly in the heart of the Windy City. For guests who want to relax and retreat, the free rooftop pool and state-of-the-art fitness facilities make it easy to do so. The pool is enclosed with glass and is all-season, allowing you to enjoy it even in the winter months. The fitness center boasts elliptical machines, free weights, treadmills and weight machines to meet your fitness requirements. Following a swim or workout, travelers can then take in the views of Lake Michigan and Grant Park while relaxing in the rooftop garden.

Highlights

Key facts

Guests will enjoy the French-inspired offerings of the on-site Brasserie by LM, located in the hotel's lobby. A broad menu is available for all meals, and the stocked bar and lounge has a wide variety of domestic and French wines. You may also select from numerous French and German draft beers. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago on the city's famous Cultural Mile, the hotel is within walking distance of the numerous shops and boutiques on the Magnificent Mile. It is also close to the home fields of Chicago's famous sports teams. Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field, Soldier Field and the United Center are all nearby. Guests can easily walk to other landmarks from Essex Inn, including Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Shedd Aquarium.

Fees
  • Overnight parking fee is $60 USD per night plus tax.
Policies
  • Minimum age for booking is 21.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Chicago's Essex Inn Rooms

Standard Room
Our tastefully designed guest rooms are thoughtfully appointed with everything you need to enhance your stay whether you're traveling for business or pleasure. Our standard rooms feature one queen size bed or two double beds and have amenities such as hairdryers, data port hookups, voicemail messaging, automated wakeup service, iron and ironing board, and 25-inch color TV with extended cable package, including HBO.
Skyline King Suite
This corner Suite offers tremendous natural light due to our floor to ceiling windows that also give you an incomparable view of the spectacular Chicago skyline, the lovely Grant Park. Depending on the season enjoy views of Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, and the famous Chicago Museum Campus. The suite has a bedroom with a King size bed and a separate living area with a pull-out sofa bed giving you a little more privacy on a family getaway, or space for a meeting if youre traveling on business. The living area includes a work desk with outlets, convenient ergonomic rolling chair, and a mini fridge. Each room features flat screen TV.
Skyline Two Double Bed Suite
This corner Suite offers tremendous natural light due to our floor to ceiling windows that also give you an incomparable view of the spectacular Chicago skyline, the lovely Grant Park. Depending on the season enjoy views of Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, and the famous Chicago Museum Campus. The suite has a bedroom with two Double size beds and a separate living area with a pull-out sofa bed giving you a little more privacy on a family or friends getaway. The living area includes a work desk with outlets, convenient ergonomic rolling chair, and a mini fridge. Each room features flat screen TV.

Amenities

  • Free internet in room
  • Indoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Elevators
Activities
Indoor pool
Fitness centre or spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Services
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Internet
Free internet in room
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Service dogs allowed
Accessible parking

Nearby points of interest

  • Grant Park: 0.1 mi
  • Printers Square: 0.3 mi
  • Auditorium Theatre: 0.3 mi
  • Harold Washington Library: 0.4 mi
  • Buckingham Fountain: 0.4 mi
  • Field Museum of Natural History: 0.5 mi
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation: 0.5 mi
  • Symphony Center: 0.6 mi
  • Art Institute of Chicago: 0.6 mi
  • Chicago Board of Trade: 0.6 mi
  • Shedd Aquarium: 0.6 mi
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower): 0.7 mi
  • Bank of America Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Crown Fountain: 0.7 mi
  • Soldier Field: 0.7 mi
  • Grant Park: 0.1 mi
  • Printers Square: 0.3 mi
  • Auditorium Theatre: 0.3 mi
  • Harold Washington Library: 0.4 mi
  • Buckingham Fountain: 0.4 mi
  • Field Museum of Natural History: 0.5 mi
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation: 0.5 mi
  • Symphony Center: 0.6 mi
  • Art Institute of Chicago: 0.6 mi
  • Chicago Board of Trade: 0.6 mi
  • Shedd Aquarium: 0.6 mi
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower): 0.7 mi
  • Bank of America Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Crown Fountain: 0.7 mi
  • Soldier Field: 0.7 mi
  • State Street: 0.8 mi
  • Cloud Gate: 0.8 mi
  • Shubert Theatre: 0.8 mi
  • Yacht Club: 0.8 mi
  • Pritzker Pavilion: 0.8 mi
  • Chicago Cultural Center: 0.9 mi
  • Macys: 0.9 mi
  • Harris Theater: 0.9 mi
  • City Hall: 0.9 mi
  • Oriental Theatre: 1 mi
  • Union Station: 1 mi
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange: 1 mi
  • Cadillac Palace Theatre: 1 mi
  • Goodman Theatre: 1 mi
  • Adler Planetarium: 1 mi
  • Chicago Theater: 1 mi
  • Prudential Plaza: 1 mi
  • Harold Washington College: 1 mi
  • Opera House: 1 mi
  • Michigan Avenue South: 1.1 mi
  • Hull House Museum: 1.2 mi
  • Marina City: 1.2 mi
  • Museum of Broadcast Communications: 1.3 mi
  • Merchandise Mart: 1.3 mi
  • Wrigley Building: 1.3 mi
  • Chicago Chinatown: 1.3 mi
  • Tribune Tower: 1.3 mi
  • North Michigan Avenue: 1.4 mi
  • McCormick Place: 1.4 mi
  • Chicago - Mag Mile - Wacker Dr: 1.5 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Five meeting rooms and an outdoor garden overlooking Lake Michigan and Grant Park provide an ideal environment for small and medium size meetings, conferences and social events. Essex Court - 40 people Windsor Court - 50 people Private Restaurant - 40 people Park East Gallery - 150 people Rooftop Garden Deck - 50 people

Dining

Restaurant
Brasserie by LM is located in the lobby of the Essex Inn. This French inspired restaurant and bar (open daily 7:00am-10:00pm) offers a relaxed modern setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specialties include Onion Soup Gratinee, Lyonnaise Salad, Mussels Frites, Duck Confit and Croque Monsieur.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
16:00
Check-out:
11:00

Terms and conditions

Extra charges may apply for children. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the quoted rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Ratings and reviews for Chicago's Essex Inn

Overall score

3.7 / 5
5.01.0
275 out of 275
Amenities:
3.7
Cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4.2
Comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.5
Value:
4

85% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
clareman
Couples
N/A
22 Dec 2015

Nice corner room and staff

We have been to the Essex before, not since 2008, some remodeling since then, we took the train in on Friday from the suburbs, left our luggage t hotel since room wasn't ready, and off to the museums by taxi. When we got back, we were taken up to the 6th floor with a bellboy to a small room with 1 chair, called down immediately about our complaint, needed more room and a 2nd place to sit, bellboy came up with another room key right next door to a 2 room corner suite, lovely upgrade for our weekend in the city! Enjoyed the hotel restaurant The Brassierri for 2 breakfasts, a lunch, and a dinner. Their manager Beate was friendly and helpful with meal and beverage suggestions, prices were reasonable and food was healthy, fresh and tastfully presented.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
TIMOTHY C.
Friends
N/A
19 Dec 2015

Chicago Bears trip

I still will NEVER understand if check out is @ 11 a.m. then why is check in @ 4 p.m.!?!??? They need a faster cleaning crew. They guy @ the front desk was a little rude, other than that I really like this place. Parking @ Essex though is to expensive for overnight parking!! A block away was 40 bucks cheaper!!!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Friends

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
CHRISTOPHER S.
Friends
OVERLAND PARK
20 Nov 2015

Champions Classic

Friendly staff, clean rooms but being an older building the heater was on and the temperature outside was above normal, but the did get us a fan. So all good

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Friends

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Michael I.
Business
N/A
17 Nov 2015

The moldy shower killed it

If it hadn't been for the mold/mildew in the shower and the peeling ceiling paint with rust stains in the bathroom, this would have been a great hotel. I was immediately turned off by the condition of the bathroom. The staff here is wonderful, and the lobbies and hallways are clean. The bedding was clean and the floors seemed clean.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jiawei
Business
N/A
4 Nov 2015

Good Business trip

This hotel is near perfect! Great location, attractive public rooms, comfortable and spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, attentive service, good breakfasts and probably the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. Well done to all concerned!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Adela P.
Family
N/A
4 Nov 2015

A very enjoyable time

A little worried about staying at the Essex Inn as some reviews that I read were negative. There were some negatives, but on the whole a positive stay. These are our negatives and positives Negatives- The hotel has seen better days as it is worn and not been up-dated (apart from the reception). Several wall lights in our room were not working. The Ladies changing rooms (pool) were locked on two mornings and had to walk back to the room wet. Noise from below room and in corridor woke us up 3 nights out of 7 (more to do with inconsiderate guests). Water of shower in Men's changing room (pool) was scalding hot one morning and could not be adjusted . Temperature of pool varied every day. Positives- Great location, we walked to most sights. Had superb breakfasts at Yolk, just down the road. Friendly and informative staff. Clean, fresh bedding. Free up-grade to a suite from a double room, which gave us a better view. A gym and swimming pool that we used every morning Room cleaned and made fresh every day Great shower in room

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Family

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Pete
Couples
N/A
19 Oct 2015

Great location but tired and poor handling of service issue

The hotel has a great location on Grant Park which was ideal as I was taking part in the marathon. The room was functional but decor was tired. Pool and gym facilities were good but WiFi unreliable. The resturant was nice and food good but we ordered room service one day which did not go well and when we raised the issue it was not handled well. Apart from that issue it would have been average overall.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Charles S.
Single
Charlotte
13 Oct 2015

Chicago Marathon

Very convenient and affordable. Perfect for one person.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Single

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Ape
Business
N/A
12 Oct 2015

great location, nice place, so so wireless

I usually stay in cheapo motels so I found it to be quite swanky. Clean, helpful and polite staff. I think they said parking was $50 - I had a panda parking pass for a lot a block away ($8). Wireless internet wasn't really adequate for the Skype meeting I tried to have.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Philip B.
Family
N/A
12 Oct 2015

Parking

What they do not tell you till you get there is parking is $60.00 per day. Our room on the 15th floor had ants on the carpets and carpets are very old and dirty.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Family

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