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Chicago's Essex Inn
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Reviewed 22 January 2011

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.

  • Stayed: January 2011
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Thank Loriis
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Reviewed 29 December 2010

Arrived late evening at the hotel. Warm welcome by the desk staff and bell boy (man) Room was cosy and very clean. As mentioned in other reviews the lobby could do with a makeover . Yolk for breakfast very tasty and the Miller Pub 6 blocks away good food and not too expensive. For the shopper Target, Whole foods, Michaels and Marshalls all within walking distance. The area felt safe during the day and night. Grant park across the street from the hotel was an added bonus. Would stay again

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 December 2010

Lovely hotel, welcoming staff. Room are very spacious with large comfy beds. Definitely recommend. For tourists the hop on hop off bus stops just outside. Also only a short walk to grant park and museums.

  • Stayed: September 2010
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Thank Honeyjj
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Reviewed 9 November 2010

I spend several days this past October at Chicago's Essex Inn and can't say enough GOOD about this place.

I have 3 small children and from the time I met the General Manager, Andy, in the lobby of the hotel to the time we checked out, we were treated to service far above the price of the room!

The location was perfect, the room clean and the entire experience more than I was expecting.

Stay here on your next trip, and tell Andy I sent you!!!

Kevin

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

Great hotel. We went for a convention at the Hilton, the Essex is right next door. Rooms are small, but clean. Fridge in every room. On the weekends, they offer a free shuttle to downtown locations. Very friendly, accomodating staff. We had adjoining rooms which was nice for our group. They did charge to store bags when we checked out, but only $1.00 pp. It was worth it, because bellman had a cab when we needed it to get to the airport, and our luggage was loaded and ready to go. All in all, the hotel was perfect for our needs.

Stayed: October 2010, travelled on business
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