Chicago's Essex Inn

Address: 800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60605-7101, United States | 3 star hotel
Searching for availability...
*Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.

How has this hotel rated in the past?

  What's this?
Discover trends in hotel experiences based on real traveler reviews and ratings. Mouse over circles to see what some travelers had to say.


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.
Map this hotel


View all amenities

Photos of Chicago's Essex Inn




          • Fitness/Health center


          • Adjoining Rooms
          • Wireless internet connection in public areas
          • Non-smoking hotel
          • High-speed internet in room
          • Wireless internet connection in room (free)
          • Free High-Speed Internet
          • Air-Conditioning
          • Wheelchair accessibility


          • Suites


          • Conference facilities
          • Business Services

          TravelPod Member ReviewsChicago's Essex Inn

          Reviewed by carolleturcotte

          Location, location, location

          Reviewed Oct 28, 2015
          by (8 reviews) Montreal , Canada Flag of Canada

          This hotel is not a luxury hotel but it's extremely well located and the staff is incredibly warm and helpful.

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

          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

          Reviewed by elewood


          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

          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

          Reviewed by curtandapril


          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

          Historical Traveler Reviews Chicago's Essex Inn

          Essex Stinks


          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


          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


          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


          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.



          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!


          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


          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!


          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


          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


          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.

          The hotel is really in a prime location in the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Ave. It is only 2 blocks from Lake Shore Drive and there is a park right across the street. Other things like shops and restaurants are no more thatn 10 to 15 minutes walk. I got the room for $79 for 2 nights and $99 for one night. Great price for a hotel in that location. The Hilton right beside it is probably twice a much, at least.

          Would I stay in this hotel again? Yes, if only because it is such a great deal. By the way, my room was facing south but it had somewhat of a view of Lake Michigan, though none of the rooms have balconies. As long as you set your expectations properly, this hotel will not disappoint.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Chicago's Essex Inn

          3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

          Travel Blogs from Chicago

          Chicago, la ville des vents...

          A travel blog entry by carolleturcotte on Oct 28, 2015

          Le 28 octobre 2015,

          Faut que je vous raconte la niaiserie que j'ai fait hier chez Jintana et Mike. Comme je vous avait raconté hier, en revenant du resto on a regardé des albums de photos avec Jintana, mais à 10:00 on était tous claqués et chacun a retrouvé ses quartiers pour le dodo. Mike lui était allé se coucher dès le retour.

          Arrival Day

          A travel blog entry by roadscholarorg


          ... 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


          ... 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 ...