US$109 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in 7 Sep 2015 Check-out 8 Sep 2015

Chicago's Essex Inn

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

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
6 reviews
Good location for a weekend

The hotel is very well located, you can walk to museums and enjoy Chicago without driving. The pool... See full review

  • ETVR
  • 1 Jul 2015
Neat & nice hotel

We got a pretty good deal for this hotel, really nice for what we paid. Very nice indoor swimming... See full review

  • KM.
  • 9 Apr 2015
Overlooking Lake Michigan, Chicago's Essex Inn invites discerning travellers to a tranquil heaven with contemporary accommodations located near downtown Chicago. While in the area, tourists should not miss the chance to admire the photo collections at Museum of Contemporary Photography and watch performances at Auditorium Building and Theatre. Holidaymakers can also take pictures of Buckingham Fountain after exploring the botanical garden at Lincoln Park Conservatory.
General
Chicago's Essex Inn has five function rooms ideal for meetings and banquets. The hotel also provides Wi-Fi access throughout the property, 24-hour business centre, shuttle service, luggage storage, valet parking (at cost), and laundry room and dry cleaning services. Guests can take a dip in the rooftop pool and work out at the fitness centre during leisure.
Location
Essex Inn is positioned on South Michigan Avenue within close distance to subway and train stations in Chicago. During free time, vacationers can take in the picturesque lake vistas at Northerly Island Park and Burnham Park.
  • NOTE: Valet parking fee is $60 USD per night.
Dining
Essex Inn Chicago does not have a dining facility on site but is situated close to restaurants and bars that serve local and international fares.
Rooms
All 254 rooms and suites also come with LCD TV, iPod dock, refrigerator, iron with ironing board, coffee and tea maker and views of the lake and downtown area. ADA-accessible units are also on offer.

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

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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

Nearby points of interest

  • Grant Park: 0.1 km
  • Printers Square: 0.5 km
  • Auditorium Theatre: 0.5 km
  • Harold Washington Library: 0.6 km
  • Buckingham Fountain: 0.7 km
  • Field Museum of Natural History: 0.9 km
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation: 0.9 km
  • Symphony Center: 0.9 km
  • Art Institute of Chicago: 0.9 km
  • Chicago Board of Trade: 1 km
  • Shedd Aquarium: 1 km
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower): 1.1 km
  • Bank of America Theatre: 1.1 km
  • Crown Fountain: 1.1 km
  • Soldier Field: 1.2 km
  • Grant Park: 0.1 km
  • Printers Square: 0.5 km
  • Auditorium Theatre: 0.5 km
  • Harold Washington Library: 0.6 km
  • Buckingham Fountain: 0.7 km
  • Field Museum of Natural History: 0.9 km
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation: 0.9 km
  • Symphony Center: 0.9 km
  • Art Institute of Chicago: 0.9 km
  • Chicago Board of Trade: 1 km
  • Shedd Aquarium: 1 km
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower): 1.1 km
  • Bank of America Theatre: 1.1 km
  • Crown Fountain: 1.1 km
  • Soldier Field: 1.2 km
  • State Street: 1.2 km
  • Cloud Gate: 1.3 km
  • Shubert Theatre: 1.3 km
  • Yacht Club: 1.3 km
  • Pritzker Pavilion: 1.3 km
  • Chicago Cultural Center: 1.4 km
  • Macys: 1.4 km
  • Harris Theater: 1.5 km
  • City Hall: 1.5 km
  • Oriental Theatre: 1.5 km
  • Union Station: 1.5 km
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange: 1.5 km
  • Cadillac Palace Theatre: 1.6 km
  • Goodman Theatre: 1.6 km
  • Adler Planetarium: 1.6 km
  • Chicago Theater: 1.6 km
  • Prudential Plaza: 1.6 km
  • Harold Washington College: 1.6 km
  • Opera House: 1.6 km
  • Michigan Avenue South: 1.7 km
  • Hull House Museum: 1.9 km
  • Marina City: 1.9 km
  • Museum of Broadcast Communications: 2 km
  • Merchandise Mart: 2 km
  • Wrigley Building: 2.1 km
  • Chicago Chinatown: 2.1 km
  • Tribune Tower: 2.1 km
  • North Michigan Avenue: 2.3 km
  • McCormick Place: 2.3 km
  • Chicago - Mag Mile - Wacker Dr: 2.5 km

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

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
6 out of 6
Amenities:
3.5
Cleanliness:
3.8
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.3

100% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
ETVR
Family
Indianapolis
1 Jul 2015

Good location for a weekend

The hotel is very well located, you can walk to museums and enjoy Chicago without driving. The pool and fitness centers are located on a roof, with access to a rooftop garden which is really nice, facing Grant Park. Breakfast was expensive and not very satisfactory: you'd better look for other places to start your day on the right foot !

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

Family

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
KM.
Couples
Lantau Island
9 Apr 2015

Neat & nice hotel

We got a pretty good deal for this hotel, really nice for what we paid. Very nice indoor swimming pool. Just the hotel parking fee was quite high.

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

Couples

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
SKP70
Single
New Zealand
24 Nov 2014

You can't beat this location!

This hotel is in such a good location. It is close to lots of the tourist attractions and lots of public transport options. The rooms are fine. The bed was very comfortable. The bathrooms are tiny but functional. The decor is dated but really who cares.

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

Single

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Right across the road is the Hilton Chicago. There are a couple of shops, a Starbucks and two restaurants. Very handy!

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MN Girl
Friends
Minneapolis, MN
17 Sep 2013

Football Weekend

I traveled to Chicago to attend the Bear/Vikings game. The hotel was conveniently located next to Soldier Field, it was a short walk and the closest train line was 2 blocks away. I found the rooms to be clean, had a mini fridge which was nice and the beds were ok (not the most comfortable). The hotel staff was very friendly and provided us with great recommendations for food. I prefer to be more north of the loop, but I would stay at this hotel again in the future especially if going to another football game.

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

Friends

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Not Provided
26 Sep 2010

The hotel is in a great location,

The hotel is in a great location, but is old and shabby and needs some work. The staff were nice, and you could tell they were frustrated with the situation. ie - there is a restaurant downstairs, but it is not connected to the hotel, even though it acts like it is, and you cannot borrow a glass for your room, and there is nothing that the staff can do to help you. This sort of thing is pretty average. The elevator broke while we were there, the lamp in the room blew, the tap was coming off the bathroom shower... all of these things.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
No rating
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Review of Chicago's Essex Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Not Provided
9 May 2010

Functional ... good location ..

Functional ... good location .. nice friendly staff... Good place to stay if you need a room to attend conventions from (as I did). It is a short taxi ride..or a 30 walk for less lazy to McCormick Convention Center. Noise from trains maybe a problem if you are light sleeper... Would stay again...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
No rating
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

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