$89 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Apr 5, 2015 Check-out: Apr 6, 2015

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
256 reviews
Great place to stay to visit Chicago

Hubby had a business trip and I tagged along. Great location! We had a corner room that had a great... See full review

  • Suzanne K.
  • Mar 18, 2015
Excellent value

Great place to stay in heart of downtown. Easy access to sights, museums, eating and public... See full review

  • BKL FL
  • Mar 10, 2015
Affordable hotel south of Chicago's bustling downtown area
Chicago's Essex Inn has an ideal location ideal on Michigan Avenue, just a few blocks south of the more congested areas of downtown Chicago. Grant Park is across the street, along with many famous Chicago attractions, including Millennium Park and the Art Institute. Sleek in design, the Essex Inn boasts a metal and glass lobby, floor-to-ceiling windows with city views and an impressive atrium housing a large pool. ADA-compliant areas are also available at Chicago's Essex Inn.
Highlights
  • Great value in the city for its location and amenities
  • Rooftop pool available year-round
  • Large, well-equipped fitness room overlooks pool deck
Rooms
A color palette grounded in rich orange and brown earth tones keeps the scene warm. Floor-to-ceiling windows play up the hotel’s strongest asset, the city views. Flat-screen TVs and refrigerators are standard amenities in each room at Chicago's Essex Inn. Guests can have complimentary access to wireless Internet. Rooms also feature ADA-compliant areas.
Features
In a metropolis like Chicago, pools and green space are precious real estate. Chicago's Essex Inn has both.

The garden pool feels like a competitive swimming complex, with a retractable atrium and global flags hanging from the rafters. The pool area features large windows that look out onto the well-manicured grounds of the rooftop garden. From the garden, guests enjoy skyline views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan from comfortable patio chairs and tables. Next to the pool is a large fitness center, featuring bikes, treadmills, weight machines, free weights, as well as six TVs.

Visitors to Chicago who have come to sightsee take advantage of a hotel shuttle bus free of charge. It makes several stops along Michigan Avenue, including Water Tower Place. Other stops include Navy Pier and the Museum Campus.

Travelers who want to stay connected access high-speed wireless Internet throughout hotel for a fee, or visit the 24-hour business center.
Transportation
  • O’Hare International Airport (16.1 mi/26 km)
  • Chicago Midway Airport (8.7 mi/14.1 km)
  • Blue Line (LaSalle to O’Hare) (3.8 mi/6.1 km)
  • Orange Line (Roosevelt to Midway) (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • McCormick Place Convention Center (1.5 mi/2.3 km)
Nearby attractions
  • Grant Park (0.5 mi/0.9 km)
  • Millennium Park (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • Lake Michigan (1.4 mi/2.2 km)
  • The Magnificent Mile (1.5 mi/2.5 km)
  • Museum Campus (3.1 mi/5 km)
Business
  • Six meeting rooms with space for 12 for 125 guests
  • 24-hour business center with desktop computers, high-speed Internet access (fees apply) and a printer
  • Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet available throughout Chicago's Essex Inn
Policies and fees
Valet parking fee is $60 USD per night.

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 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:
4:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

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.

Ratings and reviews for Chicago's Essex Inn

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
47 out of 256
Amenities:
3.7
Cleanliness:
4.1
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.5
Value:
4.2

85% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Leonidut
Business
Salt Lake City
Feb 9, 2015

Great location.

Great location Hotel. With walking distance to train station.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Natalie Maj
Business
Canoga Park
Feb 4, 2015

Great !

Had an excellent weekend stay. Very affordable Will stay again.

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
Tat J
Business
Albuquerque, NM, USA
Nov 25, 2014

Very reasonable, conveniet hotel

I stay there for 3 days for my business at the convention center. Very convenient to go to the convention center, and also close to the city center. Excellent staff, very clean room.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Lou Malnati' Pitzza

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Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ttravels
Business
Santa Monica, CA
Nov 24, 2014

HIGH-FIVE!

Travel cheers to: 1. LOCATION 2. SERVICE 3. AMMENITIES 4. FOOD 5. LAKEVIEW We'll return, as ALWAYS!

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

Business

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Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Genevieve mom
Business
Cheshire, CT, USA
Oct 31, 2014

Conference trip

I had a conference at the McCormick Center. Shuttles were run from there to the Hilton which is right next door to Essex, so it was extremely convenient for considerably less cost. Room has nice large desk, fridge. Bathroom a bit small, but fine for me. Walking distance to the Art Institute of Chicago which I went to between time convention ended and shuttle came to take me to airport. Free Wifi is slow but you could upgrade to faster if you needed it. Also a printer in lobby to print boarding pass.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

15 min walk to Art Institute

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Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
David C. Chang
Business
Los Angeles
Oct 10, 2014

Location matters

The best thing is the location of the hotel, very close to Michigan Ave.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
REisenbrei
Business
Sarasota, FL
Oct 2, 2014

Never disappointed

i am a business traveler and have stayed at this location in the S. Loop on Michigan Ave. many times. Staff is always polite, café is outstanding and rooms and rates are reasonable.

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

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Café Biondo

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
AffordableChicagoTraveler
Business
Cleveland, OH
May 30, 2014

Affordable hotel in downtown Chicago

This hotel is very reasonably priced. The rooms are on the small side, but they are clean and comfortable. My room had a shower stall which was pretty small. There is a large indoor pool and workout room though the facilities close for staff breaks. The hotel restaurant is good. Front desk staff are friendly.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
PhillyChi traveler
Business
Philadelphia, PA
May 26, 2014

Great location for the price

I visited Chicago for a conference and the Essex Inn was convenient to the convention center. The view of the Lake was beautiful and the French restaurant next door had a fantastic brunch!

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

Business

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Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
JMac0824
Business
Windsor, Ont Canada
May 21, 2014

Fine for me

I have stayed at this hotel before because it's convenient for me when attending my conference in Chicago. Our only complaint was that daily we had to ask for more towels or washcloths. If two people are checked into the room, the maid should leave a minimum of 2 towels/washcloths per person, no? And once you've had to call to correct this, it shouldn't have to be done on a daily basis. The room was clean though, no complaints there. The front desk staff were very friendly and helpful. I don't know if the restaurant is actually affiliated with the hotel but we ate there quite often for convenience and the food was very good and we enjoyed the serving staff immensely. Essex Inn will always be an option for me when visiting Chicago

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

Business

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