Chicago's Essex Inn

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Average rate: $87 - Hotel class: 3 stars
800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

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Chicago's Essex Inn Reviews

xxdominiquexx xxdomini…
6 reviews
Bed bugs..... Mar 19, 2012
April 2011.

Unfortunately on staying at this hotel we found there were bed bugs in our room. My friend was bitten all over her body which not only was extremely off putting, but very uncomfortable. The hotel itself was furnished to a good standard, basic but was clean and comfortable (other than the bed bugs).

On our first night my friend was bitten by the bugs and we actually found some and caught them for the staff.....euuurugh.

The hotel kindly and quickly gave us a free upgrade to the penthouse suite which was very nice and clean....but again the bed bugs were a problem!

Day four we asked for a full refund and moved to a nicer hotel ~(where there were no bed bugs).

Sorry we had such a poor stay but the staff were great, friendly and approachable.
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mslellen mslellen
27 reviews
Great location and value Jun 24, 2011
We took a girl trip to Chicago, although there were 8 of us, only 6 were staying in a hotel. With hotel costs averaging $250 in the area, we were tickled to find a room at the same rate that would accommodate all 6 of us, savings us from having to get 2 rooms.

i've stayed at Essex before, but was pleasantly surprised that they had done a complete remodel. In fact they were still working on the restaurant so guests were treated to a free continental breakfast. Nothing special, fruit, yogurt, breakfast bars and packaged sweet rolls, but with the girls on a tight budget it was money saved for them.

Our room had a living area with a desk and sofa bed. Not a lot of seating area, but Gloria and I always had somewhere to sit since the girls were happy to sit on the floor. We also had a fridge which was convenient since the plan was to make 200 jello shots for the parade on Sunday.

The bedroom had 2 full beds. I wish they were queen, but good enough considering we were all able to use one room. Beds were very comfy, and bedding luxurious with extra pillows so everyone was happy.

The bathroom had a separate sink area but was really small. Can you imagine 6 girls in one room, with one bathroom, and a sink area about 30" wide? But we make it work, no conflicts and everyone finds a little spot to groom leaving the sink area open as much as possible. Everyone gets along so it's not a problem . . . but I bet 6 guys in one room couldn't pull it off!

Essex has a great pool and sun deck area. Plenty of seating room and a lifeguard on staff. Pool was really warm which was also a treat. Usually hotel pools are too cold for me, but this one was perfect.

Overall, Essex is a great value and I would definitely plan on staying here again. I would recommend it to anyone planning on staying in the downtown area.
That's a lot of luggage we brought…
Michelle, Sarah, Jordan, Gloria, M…
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sylviandavid says:
sounds like a great time... glad to read the motel worked...
Posted on: Jul 12, 2011

Chicago's Essex Inn Overview

Essex Chicago is directly adjacent to the famous Grant Park, giving business and leisurely travelers alike an advantaged starting point for their ventures into the city. The Navy Pier, Sears Tower, Water Tower Place, the Art Institute of Chicago, the theater district, the Magnificent Mile, and the John. G. Shedd Aquarium are just a few of the popular attractions within minutes of the hotel. For those who intend to work while in the Windy City, the commercial, trade, and financial districts of the city are within a few short minutes' commute as well. The airport is 25 minutes away from Essex Inn in Chicago. The hotel offers easy access to public and private transport options 24/7.

Guestrooms at Essex Chicago offer flat screen satellite televisions, Internet access for a fee, granite vanities, room service, and many views of Lake Michigan and the cityscape.

There is an outdoor garden and terrace area for watching passersby at Essex Inn Chicago IL, as well as 5 distinct conference and business rooms, 2 restaurants, a cozy bar, and a rooftop swimming pool and fitness center.

Chicago's Essex Inn Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Disabled Access
  • Concierge
  • Valet Parking
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • ATM / Cash Machine
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Photocopier
  • Direct dial phone
  • Facsimile
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shower
  • Grab bars in bathroom
  • Pool Indoor
  • Cots
  • Family Room
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Paid Parking

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