$138 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 4, 2014 Check-out: Aug 5, 2014

Chicago's Essex Inn

3 stars
800 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.7
out of 5
380 reviews
Great

Clean and comfortable in the heart of downtown. Well worth the price. See full review

  • Cynthiamb123
  • May 10, 2014
Perfect Stay

I enjoyed my NYE getaway! One of the best stays I have ever had! Wonderful staff and a very clean... See full review

  • Tony91
  • Jan 2, 2014
The Essex Inn is an intimate hotel providing excellent views of the city, Grant Park and Lake Michigan with convenient access to Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Millenium Park, world-famous museums, sporting venues, the Loop and McCormick Place. One of the focal points of the hotel is the Garden Pool and Fitness Center on the fourth floor rooftop. Adjacent to the pool is the 1,350 square foot Fitness Center with a large selection of Life Fitness and Schwinn equipment including Cross Trainers, Lifecycles, treadmills and weight machines as well as free weights. Six televisions complement this expansive facility. The 24-hour Business Center comes complete with computer workstations, printers and high-speed Internet connections. Minimum booking age is 21 years of age. Overnight parking $52 per night plus tax. ******************************************** We are proud to serve guests with disabled and other special needs at Chicago's Essex Inn. To that end, the public spaces at Chicago's Essex Inn are accessible and include, but are not limited to, the following: ADA-compliant entrances to the hotel; Valet parking in the hotel garage; and Accessible public restrooms. In addition, we have a number of designated accessible guest rooms and our guest rooms include such accessible features as: Grab bars in the showers; ADA-compliant sitting stools for showering; hand held shower spray wands; protected plumbing covers; ADA-compliant lavatory fixtures; lowered security "peep" holes on the doors; ADA-compliant door hardware; touch lamps; and TTY Kits for hearing & visual assistance. Our swimming pool and garden deck areas are also accessible and we provide such accessible features as: ***COOLERS OF ANY SIZE NOT ALLOWED IN GUEST ROOMS.****

Hotel Map

41.8712 -87.6247
Area served
Chicago
Nearby airports
O'Hare International Midway
Area description
Millenium Park, Art Institute Chicago, Navy Pier, Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, McCormick Place, Buckingham Fountain, Lakefront, Grant Park

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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.
Standard Room -ADA accessible
ADA-compliant entrances to the hotel, valet parking in the hotel garage and Accessible public restrooms. There are a number of designated accessible guest rooms which include accessible features as: grab bars in the showers; ADA-compliant sitting stools for showering; hand held shower spray wands; protected plumbing covers; ADA-compliant lavatory fixtures; Lowered security "peep" holes on the doors. Touch lamps and TTY Kits for hearing & visual assistance. The swimming pool and garden deck areas are also accessible and we provide ADA-compliant pool lift; and Accessible Fitness Center with ADA Universal Gym. There are accessible paths of travel to the restaurant located on the premises of the Essex Inn and the restaurant has accessible dining tables.

Amenities

  • Free internet in room
  • Indoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Elevators
Activities
Indoor pool
Fitness center 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 Building: 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 Building: 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

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.

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

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1600
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the 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. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (380)

Ratings and reviews for Chicago's Essex Inn

Overall score

3.7 / 5
5.01.0
380 out of 380
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
4
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
MissBusyBody
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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

short distance from the Magnificent Mile and eateries

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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).

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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).

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Midland, MI
Apr 9, 2010

family getaway

great location. Room temperature was too hot.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Free WiFi at Carabou

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Midland, MI
Apr 9, 2010

family getaway

great location. Room temperature was too hot.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Free WiFi at Carabou

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
5
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.

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
5
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.

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Frequent Family Flyer
Pittsburgh PA
Apr 6, 2010

Springtime in Chicago

Location is very convenient to park, tennis courts, restaurants. Short walk or cab ride to Miracle Mile shopping and Navy Pier. Cool contemporary furniture and carpeting and tribute to fine artists on each floor. Friendly accomodating staff. Didn't try the restaurant but it looked decent. Our visit between seasons (Easter holiday) made it difficult to control room temperatures with no heat and no A/C.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Nice pool on 4th floor. Skateboard park and tennis courts across the street (and across Metra tracks)

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
1
Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Frequent Family Flyer
Pittsburgh PA
Apr 6, 2010

Springtime in Chicago

Location is very convenient to park, tennis courts, restaurants. Short walk or cab ride to Miracle Mile shopping and Navy Pier. Cool contemporary furniture and carpeting and tribute to fine artists on each floor. Friendly accomodating staff. Didn't try the restaurant but it looked decent. Our visit between seasons (Easter holiday) made it difficult to control room temperatures with no heat and no A/C.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Nice pool on 4th floor. Skateboard park and tennis courts across the street (and across Metra tracks)

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