This hotel lives up to its billing. It has a friendly staff, clean rooms, good complimentary breakfast, and a handy manager's reception nightly. The facility is well maintained, well appointed and almost feels like a luxury hotel.
The "suite" layout is ideal for a family vacation, especially with children who still need naps or go to sleep at night early, because the bedroom and living room are separate.
The location is fair, depending on your itinerary. Yes, Navy Pier is three blocks away and the Magnificent Mile is two blocks away; however, the red line of the L-train is 5 blocks away (closest station). There is a free trolley running on Illinois St and Grand Ave. at least on the weekend between Navy Pier and the Grand/State station; Embassy Suites is directly between these.
The cost is fair, as well. It would be nicer for hotel guests to pay less for parking, but I'm sure they charge what the market will bear. The actual room rate is competitive, if not slightly superior to other hotels in the area.
Dominick's supermarket is directly across Columbus Ave if you need supplies, but you should also consider Fox & Obel (one block toward Navy Pier on Illinois St) if you like a more up-market selection. They also have reasonably priced brown box meals to go, which are a nice contrast to the typical deep dish or deep fried vacation food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile (formerly Lakefront) hotel is located just 2 blocks from Chicago's Navy Pier and the Magnificent Mile Michigan Ave Shopping! This downtown Chicago hotel is within walking distance to many Chicago attractions such as Millennium Park, Water Tower Place and the Hancock Observatory. Our location and amenities make the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile an ideal choice for the business or leisure traveler! Guests of the hotel stay in a upscale spacious two-room suite complete with a refrigerator, microwave oven and flexible work/dining space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Chicago
- Embassy Downtown Lakefront Suites
- Chicago Embassy Suites