Stayed at the Essex Inn for 3 nights following Las Vegas. Appreciate that any hotel would be hard to compare with Vegas spacious rooms etc. Firstly concerned when pulling up to the hotel as it seemed to be closed (paper all up at the windows - this is the restaurant being renovated) but not a good first sign. reception basic but functional. We were 2 adults and one child and was put on the 8th floor. Our room was very very small, two small double beds, hardly any space in the room to accomodate our luggage let alone walking round. Shower basin very dirty, room itself was clean enough but the whole hotel needs renovation. Typical city size hotel room but looking tired and shabby. Swimming pool had bugs floating, spent most of my time in it, fishing the wildlife out. Did not go in the gym. Hotel is in a prime location for Grant Park and the Field Museum etc, but if you want to go to the loop, you must have your walking boots with you as it is at least 30 minute walk (pleasant enough). Taxis are plentiful and not expensive. Hotel has a complimentary continental breakfast consisting of juice, granola bars, muffins or danish. As this is complimentary to us it was an added bonus. In summary economy hotel which needs a total refurb.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chicago's Essex Inn is a hotel in downtown Chicago on the Michigan Avenue Cultural Mile that combines breathtaking panoramas of Grant Park, the Museum Campus and Lake Michigan with exciting promotional packages that incorporate famed attractions and events in Chicago. From our steel and glass lobby to contemporary rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Essex Inn offers amazing views and amazing value. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chicago`s Essex Hotel Chicago
- Chicagos Essex Hotel
- Essex Inn Chicago
- Hotel Chicagos Essex