I had read mixed reviews of the Essex Inn so I was pretty nervous when we booked this hotel. I did not set my expectations too high, and I was pleased with the room. This is a great hotel if you want a basic, clean room, but not the choice for you if you want a lot of extras. We stayed in a two room family suite. Not sure suite is the accurate description as it was very small for four people. We were not in the room much so size was only an issue when we were getting around to go out. We happened to be on the 4th floor near the pool area so took advantage of the huge shower and counter space in the changing room. The rooms were clean and bed was cozy. Perfect for those using the hotel to change and sleep, but probably not wonderful for groups hoping to relax at the hotel. The restaurant was not open during the three days we were there, but they do offer a limited breakfast and there are several places within a short walk. CTA routes run right outside the front door, so we parked our car, paid the hotel parking rate, and bought a city pass at the Osco 3 blocks away. For the price, we plan to return to the Essex.
- 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