First off, the Essex Inn merits a 3.5, but that rating option is not available. It's a good value, comfortable place to stay, minus some of the extras of more expensive downtown Chicago hotels.
The hotel has a small, functional lobby flanked by bright, airy seating areas with a somewhat dated look to them. The front desk staff was very pleasant and efficient.
My room, a king single, was compact but not claustrophobic. The bathroom was small, but not oppressively so. Some reviews described the bathrooms as the smallest ever - clearly they've never stayed in a moderate-price London hotel.
The bed was very comfortable, the room furnishings were very modern, and the mini-fridge was a big plus. The flat-screen TV was nice, but lacked pay movie options. Shower water pressure was very good.
If you're a traveler who likes to wake to the silver coffee pots and trays of a room-service breakfast, don't stay here - you won't find it. But if you don't care about those amenities and want a good price ($57 per night on Priceline), comfy room and a location across from Grant Park, you'll love it.
The hotel is on S. Michigan Ave & 8th, right across from Grant Park and close to museums and Soldier Field. For transit purposes, the CTA Harrison red line station is two short blocks away if you use the Polk St. entrance (unstaffed, you've got to have your CTA card already). Also, the bus routes that go down S. Michigan (King Drive, Cottage Grove) all stop next to the hotel.
- 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