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Chicago's Essex Inn

800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
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  • Chicago's Essex Inn
    Raf Miastkowski
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    5 Feb 18, 2014

    Tucked away from downtown in the South Loop ‘hood, the Essex Inn is a gem of a hotel that likely gets passed by often for hotels found closer to the Loop and River North. It’s not the newest hotel, and it isn’t the most luxurious, but it has plenty of style and bonus points. The lobby has contemporary art and a retro-sleek design, and totally reminds me of something off the set of Mad Men. The rooms aren’t gigantic, but they’re nice enough and offer enough space to wind down. However, you can get you r sweat on at a very large gym—one of the largest found at a downtown hotel. Afterwards, there’s a sauna where you can let your muscles relax and detox. Perhaps the biggest perk of the hotel is the indoor pool, which is one of the largest hotel-pools in the city. Most downtown hotels don’t even have a pool, let alone one of this size. There’s a spacious pool deck to stretch out on, and it’s probably twice as enjoyable when the snow is swirling outside.

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    Sara Tracey
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    5 Jan 23, 2014

    The Essex Inn is a gem! I've seen their bright red sign from Grant Park hundreds of times, but never thought to look inside. I'm so glad I did. On Michigan Avenue, it's easy to overlook this smaller hotel for some more recognizable names. But it's a better value and the interior is nearly as nice as its neighbors.

    Like most downtown hotels, the rooms are small, but they are nicely decorated, clean, and bright. Many have excellent views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan as well. There is free wifi in every room, and the hotel provides a free shuttle to several area attractions including the Art Institute and Museum Campus. They don't do a free continental breakfast, but there's a lovely cafe attached to the lobby.

    Be sure to look for the Essex Inn on Groupon! They often offer packages with other local businesses (the Field Museum is one) for great prices.

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  • Chicago's Essex Inn
    Chelsea Weber
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    4 Dec 26, 2013

    Beautiful hotel with an excellent view of Lake Michigan. It is located right along the water and from certain rooms can see the Lake, the city, and Soldier Field. The hotel is located within good walking distance from the heart of the city. Rooms were lovely and comfortable. The only flaw with the room was the tiny bathroom, and the hotel did not offer continental breakfast. However, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here.

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  • Chicago's Essex Inn
    S Rubinstein
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Found this place on Hotels.com.
    Right on Michigan avenue. Close to all the museums
    Huge pool on the fourth floor and massive gym
    Great room plasma tv. Restaurants nearby
    Only paid $81 for a night.
    Will definitely return. For the money, you can't beat it!!! Enjoy!!!

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  • Chicago's Essex Inn
    Jennifer Taylor
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    4 Jul 23, 2012
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Description

Ideally located on Michigan Avenue across from Grant Park, Chicago's Essex Inn is a unique, full service hotel. Guests have access to a rooftop pool and fitness area, a French inspired cafe and bar, free wireless internet, and a free shuttle around downtown. Guestrooms include flat screen TVs, in-room safes, refrigerators, and coffee and tea service.

Amenities:

  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Reviews Summary

Good!949 reviews across the web.

  • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • Location
    97% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
  • Price
    Excellent value for money, said 96%.
  • Service
    95% found the staff to be very friendly.
  • Food
    90% loved the dining experience.
  • Hotel
    74% thought it was clean.
  • Grounds
    Nice grounds.

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