We stayed at the Essex Inn on 20th July for two nights having just arrived from the UK. The hotel is on Michigan Avenue on the opposite corner to the Hilton. Hotel pool was nice but extremely cold. We didn't eat in the hotel but had breakfast at Yolk ... a great place for breakfast and highly recommend it. Hackney's is a restaurant a couple of blocks away and was excellent american/mexican food...family friendly.
The hotel has a courtesy bus which will run you down town to the shopping district. You wait for it in the lobby. We were first there waiting with some friends and gradually the lobby filled up. Some people, unbeknown to us, had gone outside the hotel so when the bus arrived... they all filled it up with no space left for others who had waited for about 45 mins! Hotel should be clearer about where the bus picks up from and what the queuing set up is or first come first served basis.
We had prepaid for this hotel through Trailfinders in the UK but they still put a $75 7-day hold on our credit card which is now on it's 8th day and it is still on there. Had to email them to remove it.
Be sure when you check out of American hotels that you get a hard copy of your bill. Three times now on this trip across America, hotels have overcharged our card and I have had to chase them to re-credit our card. One of the hotels was the Hilton!
We walked from the Essex to downtown Chicago having missed the bus and actually it was a delight with beautiful architecture, parks... etc., Millenium Park is great and has a water fountain where the kids can put on their swimming gear and run about in the water jets which come out of animated towers. American Girl Store is a must for any young girl and Hersheys Chocolate was good too.
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- 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:
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