$99 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Apr 19, 2015 Check-out: Apr 20, 2015

Chicago's Essex Inn

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

Hotel Overview

Ratings and reviews for Chicago's Essex Inn

Overall score

3.7 / 5
5.01.0
259 out of 259
Amenities:
3.7
Cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4.2
Comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.5
Value:
4.1

86% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Washington DC Metro
May 22, 2010

Good Place to Stay in Chicago

Great alternative to the pricer hotels on Michign Ave, The room was clen and we enjoyed our stay. Gret location for public transportation via bus or CTA trains, Easy access for metro to the airport save us a great deal of money for a business trip and extended weekend stay for pleasure.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Take the red line train on Harrison which is about 2 blocks away and transfer to the blue line at Jackson for a total cost of $2.25 to O'hare airport.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Frequent Chicago Visitor
Business
St. Louis, MO
May 18, 2010

Wouldn't stay anywhere else

They know what service means still. They treat you well. Every interaction we have with any staff member is pleasant. We have stayed there before and will again. So easy to get everywhere from here.

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

Business

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Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Ohio
May 17, 2010

Couples get away

nice room, nice view, good lacation, nice pool. Staff was knowledgable and friendly. Planning a trip back again sometime.

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

Business

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Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
saurav
Business
bloomington,IL
May 14, 2010

Great location,good price

great family hotel

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Barb mellow sis
Business
Grand Blanc, MI
May 13, 2010

Good location, helpful staff, clean room

I went to Chicago for a couple days with an adult child and wanted to try the rail system, and public transportation. Bellman was very helpful giving us tips, maps, and money saving advice.

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

Business

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Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MissBusyBody
Business
St. Louis
May 9, 2010

Simply nice

The hotel staff were friendly. They gave great recommendations. There is also a van that takes you to Navy Pier.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

short distance from the Magnificent Mile and eateries

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Kentucky
May 2, 2010

Our April 2010 Trip

Staff were very, very helpful and pleasant to deal with everyday. The only issues was the heating/cooling system was off, but you could request a room on the north side of the building to avoid this problem. They would serve hotel guests better by either adding microwaves to the rooms, or having an area for microwaves (maybe by the ice machines). Still, staff assisted with even this issue. I would definitely stay at the Essex again.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

The cultural center a few blocks up from the Essex, is a wonderful place to learn how to navigate travel around town. It is worth stopping at (plus the building is beautiful).

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Midland, MI
Apr 9, 2010

family getaway

great location. Room temperature was too hot.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Free WiFi at Carabou

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Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Midwest
Apr 8, 2010

Nicely located by public transit

There was not enough space or frequency of trips of the complimentary shuttle service to major attractions or the service limitations were not fully explained. Extra "free" day's offering with two nights was a real incentive to stay longer. Basically clean, quiet and comfortable for discounted room in an accessible location.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Long walk from hotel

Go to Walgreen's or some other Chicago Transit Office and load a CTA card with enough money for getting around to attractions.

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Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Indianapolis, IN
Apr 6, 2010

Great Pool facilities but not much more.

Hot day in April, and the whole hotel's heating and air conditioning system is on a season cycle. So the rooms air conditioners would not work since they were still on a winter cycle. Cracking open a window (that is as far as they would go) was very noisy and made little difference in the heat. Older hotel building, slow drains, very small bathrooms and sleeping areas. Great pool area, the kids loved that. And extremely close to the museums and many, many other attractions. Would not stay there again, pay a little extra and get a nicer room.

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

Business

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