Chicago's Essex Inn

800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60605, United States | 3 star hotel
Prices starting from $146.00
 

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Anreise

A travel blog entry by kumei on Apr 13, 2014

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Heute geht es los. Wir fliegen mit Lufthansa von Basel EAP (BSL) über Frankfurt (FRA) nach Chicago (ORD). Erstmals fliegen wir mit einem Jumbo Boeing 747-8. Die Flugroute führt über Holland, Island, Grönland, Kanada nach Chicago. Hier ist das Wetter leider renerisch, trüb und kühl. Es blühen noch gar keine Blumen!

The Windy City

A travel blog entry by tryan on Nov 01, 2013

1 comment, 8 photos

Well my first impressions of Chicago weren't that good, in fact after the first day I was ready to leave. After arriving late on Tuesday evening, I went to bed feeling not too great, then woke up in the wee hours with...gastro! It wasn't a bad case but enough to slow the site seeing down the next day. When I did venture out of the hotel it was a …

Arrival Day

A travel blog entry by roadscholarorg

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... so it’s a real treat for me to participate, gain some first hand knowledge and meet my new colleagues.

Thank goodness everyone arrived safely and with an enthusiastic spirit to start the program. We have a lovely group of six group leaders and 100 participants. Most of our participants are from the U.S., however we have a nice representation of Canadians and even a woman from France.

After registration, folks had time ...

Inaugural United Boeing 787 Flight IAH-ORD

A travel blog entry by lewnwdc

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... over. The first United Boeing 787 flight and there’s an empty seat next to me! I never imagined I would have made the flight, let alone ending up with some extra elbow room!

United’s first ever passenger flight on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Flight 1116, departed IAH one minute early at 7:19 a.m. Dozens of employees stood on the ramp and waved as the 787 taxied to the runway, where we took off at 7:29 to the cheers of the 208 passengers on board (36 ...

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This 3 star hotel, located in the The Loop area of Chicago, is near Buddy Guy's Legends, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Spertus Museum, and Powell's Bookstore.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsChicago's Essex Inn

    Reviewed by tryan

    Top hotel

    Reviewed Nov 1, 2013
    by (10 reviews) Melbourne , Australia Flag of Australia

    Got it on sale online. Right on South Michigan Avenue with uninterrupted views of Lake Michigan, newly refurbished, health centre, pool and brasserie. Staff were humble and really friendly.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by elewood

    Zzzzz

    Reviewed Apr 16, 2013
    by (1 review) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Nice room. Comfy beds, small baths

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by stacek68

    Snow - Lovely Snow

    Reviewed Feb 7, 2013
    by (6 reviews) Sunshine Coast , Australia Flag of Australia

    Great hotel in excellent location right on Michigan Avenue. The park across the road is a blanket of snow. The full length windows are a great addition to the room

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by curtandapril

    Excellent

    Reviewed Oct 26, 2012
    by (3 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    This hotel is beautiful not to over priced, lovely pool and gym area and the staff were very helpful

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Chicago's Essex Inn

    Essex Stinks

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    Stayed here for a couple of Football packages. I would rather have payed the ticket scalpers and stayed in a different hotel than go through this experience again! Getting the bellman to help move luggage was like asking a blind man to drive you to the game. After wainting 50 minutes for the bellman, we carriead 3 rooms of luggage down 12 flights of stairs (the elevator was just as slow as the bellman). I would rather join the homeless people sleeping outside than waste my money on a rude hotel that is not accomadating to their guests at all.

    Good deal

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    We paid $99 for the Essex Inn for two adults and two children on Travelocity at the end of October, 2003. Pleasantly surprised. Room with two double beds was comfortable, faced a concrete wall but if you leaned you could get a view of the lake and museums. Great great new swimming pool: airy, bright, clean. and warm. Good selection of exercise machines next door individually equipped with overhead TV. Although the view of my husband and children playing in the pool beat any cable TV. Walking distance to the museum campus. Hotel shuttle leaving hourly for the Art Institute and the Magnificent Mile some part of the day. Service prompt. Hotel restaurent you can skip. Only mistake: charged me $2 for one day of local calls we did not make. Husband said: don't fuss.

    Great Location and Good for Kids

    from

    The hotel is a real bargain. We got a rate of 143.00 per night. The rooms were very nice and quite large for Chicago hotels. We had no problems from the staff, but we never really made any requests. We didn't eat at the restaurant, so I can't comment on the food. However, the location couldn't have been better. Also, we really enjoyed the indoor pool--it's a great pool for kids. Also, the work-out facilities were impressive.

    Could be better

    from

    Stayed at the Essex for two nights with the hotel football package. Our tickets were not with our friends as promised at the time of booking.

    The room we had was not real clean and the staff seemed not to care as they had our money in advance for months.

    Yuck!

    from

    We stayed in this hotel mid Sept 03. We found the staff really unfriendly - the people on reception were miserable and when we asked for recommendations for bars and restaurants it was if we had asked them to move the earth. Our room (we were on the 15th floor) looked really grubby and dated - there were stains on the chair covers and on the bed covers and the room quite frankly smelt of urine...GROSS. The rooms and their tiny bathrooms are in desperate need of an update.

    Unfortunatly we were unable to change hotels due to several big conferences going on so we bought a scented candle, threw of the bed covers and eagerly awaited the end of our stay.

    Worst hotel ever/zero amenities!

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    The only good thing about the hotel is the friendly and helpful staff.

    The hotel offers none of the usual amenities. For example, no coffeemaker, no place for anything in the washroom (e.g., makeup), not even a hook on the bathroom door. The room was too small for a rollaway; and the rollaway was a soft "u" shape that no on could sleep on. They provide throwaway plastic glasses (rather than glass). There are no plastic shower caps. The ice machines only work on two floors (and that changes daily). Checkout is 11 a.m. with no allowance for late checkout.

    At $139/night, I expected much better; and I am easy to please. I would far prefer a Motel 6 to the Essex Inn.

    Our stay at the essex

    from

    We stayed at the essex because of the Lion King Play. The Staff was very good. The room we had was excelent. The Savoy Restraunt was very good also. I would reccomend this hotel to anyone staying down town.

    Great value!

    from

    We were pleasantly surprised by our stay at the Essex Inn. We found it to be a clean modest hotel, located conveniently to Chicago's atttactions and transportation system. The staff was courteous and helpful. We have never stayed at a hotel with such a large pool and an exercise room equiped so well with machines and free weights. Within a block is located a great Blues Bar. We plan to make the Essex our place to stay when visiting Chicago.

    It's a Tradition

    from

    A group of us travel to Chicago at least once a year and always stay at the Essex. It's convieant location to Grant Park and it's neverending festivals makes it a superb location. We can walk to the festivals and Buddy Guy's Legends and easily and affordably take a cab to all that Chicago has to offer.

    Medioce Hotel with Great Prices and Great Location

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    My first time in Chicago and I stayed at the Essex Inn over the Labor Day weekend, Aug 30 thru Sep 2, 2002. This hotel is your typical 3-star, 15-story mediocre hotel with a very small unimpressive lobby and an even smaller front desk area for checkin. The rooms were of adequate size, with dressers, a small round table with 2 chairs and 2 full size beds, at least the one I got. The bathroom had a bathtub but the tiles had grime on them which was somewhat of a turnoff. Needless to say I didn't take a bath but rather just showered. The hotel also had a gread indoor pool and workout room on the 4th floor. That was one of the best things about the hotel. There was also a restaurant on the first floor though I never really tried it because it didn't look so appealing and there are so many good restaurants nearby.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Chicago's Essex Inn

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good