The price is right for decent service, nice location, and comfortable rooms. The lobby is beautiful and the hotel seems well maintained. This is not the Ritz, but it's not Super 8, either. Staff accommodated our request for adjoining rooms and were very courteous. The pool was a little cold, but the kids didn't mind. We stayed during a very cold snowstorm, so it was understandable. A hot tub would have been nice. The rooms are recently remodeled, clean, and beds are comfortable. Bathrooms are a little odd, but they worked fine. We had no problems staying warm and operating the heating system. The shuttle to the museums is great and the restaurant in the hotel was good for breakfast, with typical Chicago pricing for excellent food. We are anxious to come back here in the summer and experience the parks (which are directly across the street) in non-blizzard conditions. The Essex is within an easy walking distance to the Art Institute and many restaurants. Cabs are plentiful in the area for getting to further attractions.
- 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