Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown Lakefront
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEmbassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown Lakefront
Good Location - a short walk to the Magnificent Mile and a short bus ride to the Navy Pier. Bus stops out front provide quick bus service to other tourist areas. This hotel was one of the more affordable "family" hotels in the downtown Chicago area. By "family" I mean having actual space to give us separation space after long days of doing the tourist thing. That being said, there was a lot of kids in the hotel as there seemed to be some event that brought them there in bunches. The lobby was noisy but I didn't hear them in our rooms.
Hotel is clean. I did have a light bulb that was not working when I arrived which I didn't find out about until I laid down to rest - this required a late night maint. visit which was irritating.
The free breakfast was excellent. Pleanty of options, but the line for the freshly maid omelette was long every morning. However, the terrific breakfast staff was extra friendly and went out of the way to aid or make special requests. They were, in a word, Excellent! Whatever they get paid, they deserve even more!
Biggest inconvenience was that getting to your room requires two different elevators. But this maybe to restrict non-customers from roaming around.
Overall, if I return to Chicago with my family I would return to this hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown Lakefront
Great Free Breakfast & Happy Hour!
My girlfriends and I stayed here for a "girls shopping weekend" in October. If you're looking for lots of space, a clean room, a free full breakfast and happy hour- this is the place to stay! The hotel is only about a 5-10 minute walk to Michigan Ave and the about the same distance to Navy Pier. The restaurant attached to the hotel, PJ Clarkes- has great food and is open late. The only downside is there is a lot of families with kids- not a hip hotel for a bunch of 26 year old girls. But I would stay here again for all the value added amenities.
Exactly what we needed
I was a little sceptical when my husband booked us 4 nights at Embassy Suites, Columbus Avenue but he was confident following a personal recommendation from a Chicago colleague. I should have trusted him, it was exactly what we needed for a long weekend with our children. The rooms were really clean, well equiped and allowed the 4 of us enough space at a more reasonable cost than many other 'hotel suite' options. The girls loved the pool (not for serious swimmers though) and the huge breakfast selection and all a stone's throw from Navy pier and Michigan Avenue. Chicago itself was also a great city and we'll definitely be going back. Highly recommended.
Thank You, Embassy Suites Lakefront!!
We left our bags for 2 hours after we checked out, so we could explore a little longer. Someone had opened both of our backpacks and rummaged through them, and my fiance's purse which was in her backpack had also been searched. Thankfully we had all our money and credit cards on us. When we were leaving another female guest was reporting $20 missing from her bag!
My husband and I took our 9-year-old son to Chicago for two nights between Christmas and New Year's. We had enough Hilton Honors points to stay for free, so we chose this Embassy Suites over the one on State Street. This is a newer hotel. We lucked out and got a larger-than-average corner suite with fabulous views of downtown Chicago! It was terrific! The suite was typical Embassy Suites, and the hotel had the usual amenities. Nice manager's reception at night with a more complete bar than some other Embassys. Cooked-to-order breakfast that got pretty crowded by late morning, and it was often tough to find a place to sit down if we arrived late. This is a family destination, so there are LOTS of kids...but we really weren't bothered by any noise. Our room was clean, although we weren't left enough towels one day. Also, we requested two extra pillows one night and received them in fairly reasonable time from a nice young man who apologized for taking so long! And the concierge was helpful with dinner reservations one evening. This was our second stay at this particular hotel, and we would stay there again.
My wife and I stayed for 3 nights at the Embassy Suites Lakefront in the fall. We chose it due to Hilton Honors value points, and expected a typical big city downtown hotel.....like many Hiltons. In cities like Chicago and Cleveland and Toronto, I've found hotels that are older often have a lot of minor problems that get covered up with bandaid solutions. For example, old tattered curtains and rusty heat vents may get put behind a chair or decorative plant, but often times the rooms just look worn out despite the best efforts of the hotel. Plus the size of the rooms are often smaller as they didn't build hotels 65 years ago with all of today's amenities in mind. That being said, the Embassy Suites Lakefront feels very modern, with a spectacular lobby with fountains and a very fresh feel. The rooms are good size because they are a suite although somewhat smaller than a typical suite you might get at a hotel in a resort area or smaller city. But plenty of room.
We have stayed here twice with our two boys (ages 5 and 2). First visit was in June '03 and most recently December 26 '03. Three nights on both visits. The hotel location is great for families with kids. It is a short four block walk to Navy Pier; major shopping is two blocks away; Shedd and Field Museum are about a mile away; etc. The large rooms keep the adults happy because the kids can play/sleep in the other room.
Loved the Embassey Suite downtown lakefront
We stayed at the Embassey suites (4 adults and 1 toddler) from 12-18/12/21. It was a great hotel. The breakfast was great, superb. As someone else posted you could not get into the pool or jacuzzi for the kids. The rooms were very well done. We had a nice city view (room 1710). We ordered room service Friday night and it arrived very quickly. The $22.00 charge was added to our bill. We also ordered some movies which were also on the bill very convenient. All in all, I would stay here during any trip to the city in the future. Excellent service.
If you have children 10 or under, this is the place for you! I took my three teenagers for a first-time weekend in Chicago recently and we stayed here. Staff was great(friendly, helpful), room was ok(I've stayed in a whole lot nicer places for $200+)"Spectacular View of the lake" was a joke(we had a very large Condo right in the middle of our window), breakfast was ok quality, beds were very comfortable. The worst part was that the place was over-run with little kids! We made ten attempts to go to the pool and hot tub. Forget it! The pool is so small it's a joke and the hot tub always had at least 10 small kids in it splashing around. There was absolutely no relaxation there at all!
My sister and stayed with 4 kids in the hotel for the Chicago Air & Water show. The bellman were very nice. Check in was a little confusing as we were directed to the 5th floor for check in. The main floor bellman was so busy (he was the only one there directing patrons) that he was rushed when telling us where to check in. Once we figured it out check in was easy. Staff was pleasant. The hotel was full on this particular weekend. The pool, as usual, was smaller than the picture and full of families, but we made the best of it. A bonus was the cocktail hour from 5:30-7:30. Nachos & dip & veggies & dip were available as well. There was a line at the bar but it was only a 5 min.