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Kansas City, Missouri
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39 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2014

It's all about the location with the Essex Inn on Michigan Avenue. It is close to the Museum campus, the lake and the wonderful parks. The hotel itself is OLD and the rooms are small. Our bathroom was tiny with one itsy-bitsy sink, and a toilet that squawnked and thumped with every flush. We had to tighten the screw on... More 

Thank Jillo44535
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Through a series of unfortunate events, we had to get a room at the last moment on a particularly busy weekend in Chicago with two big music festivals on the same weekend; because of the surplus of people, the Essex Inn required a mandatory wristband for all hotel guests to get to their rooms, which was a negative aspect of... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2014

My husband and I were part of a group of 50 Canadians who stayed there on the nights of August 5th and 6th, 2014. This hotel was booked by our tour operator. I had no saying in its choice, it was part of the vacation package. I had read the reviews on this hotel on Tripadvisor before going to Chicago.... More 

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GMEssexInn, Manager at Chicago's Essex Inn, responded to this review

Dear Translatortravelling, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We appreciate it, and like you, we are disappointed to hear about your experience. Can you please send me your contact information when you have a moment as I would like to discuss your stay with you directly. Please send your information to jscott@essexinn.com More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014

There is a lot of choice in the city and it depends on what you want. The thing that is going for this hotel is it's location. It's directly opposite Grant Park and only a few minutes walk to Millennium Park (which houses Cloud Gate). The "Golden Mile" (N Michigan Ave) with all it's shops is easily done. We never... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

We arrived at the Essex Inn reception and were met with an expressionless greeting by two ladies who had clearly both just finished sucking the same lemon. As a party of four (two couples) we had booked two rooms. Upon checking in we were informed there was only one room. Despite our tour operator (Virgin Holidays) documentation/voucher clearly stating two... More 

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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Don't be afraid by its outside aspect, the rooms are actually quite nice and clean. It's also really well placed in the middle of the park and near the yolk for a great breakfast! The staff is cool. The view from our rooms weren't good but we didn't stay in them long enough to miss a good one.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The best thing about this hotel is the location. It is straight across from Grant Park and within walking distance of the city centre. Room was a decent size and beds were comfy. We did have breakfast in the hotel but had a much better breakfast in Yolk which is 5 mins walk away and was a fantastic breakfast experience.... More 

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South Bucks
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Essex hotel was a little tired and some of common areas were scruffy Best was the pool and gym complex that were out standing although a little quirky ( why close from 7 pm to 7.30pm) it meant we were forced to stop our quiet chat by the open air deck !! Stay on 4 th floor for easy access... More 

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south shields
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36 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2014

This is a nice hotel at the south end of the loop. Great for visiting the Field Museum and only a short walk into town. Decent sized room but really quite dated especially the bathroom. Very helpful staff, concierge and doormen. Overall a good hotel which doesn't pretend to be anything it's not.

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142 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Excellent room; plenty of space and nice and quiet - we were on an upper floor on the side of the building, so didn't experience any disturbance from either the main road at the front or the 'L' further down the side street. Two good sized beds, very clean and comfortable. Bathroom a little on the small side and in... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Chicago's Essex Inn is a hotel in downtown Chicago on the Michigan Avenue Cultural Mile that combines breathtaking panoramas of Grant Park, the Museum Campus and Lake Michigan with exciting promotional packages that incorporate famed attractions and events in Chicago. From our steel and glass lobby to contemporary rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Essex Inn offers amazing views and amazing value. ... more   less 

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Address: 800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Price Range: $108 - $364 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chicago's Essex Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 254
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Chicago`s Essex Hotel Chicago
Chicagos Essex Hotel
Essex Inn Chicago
Hotel Chicagos Essex
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“The hotel needs an update”
 of 5 bubbles Sana-ali, 17 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Best views facing Michigan Ave.”
 of 5 bubbles jimcC2047MD, 11 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room at a higher level for a better view.”
 of 5 bubbles americantraveller74, 5 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for the highest level AND when alone, don't take a 2 bed room but a single bed room with view on the park(and so also lake).”
 of 5 bubbles gewijdehalewijn, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
“4 th floor is pool and deck with view all rooms seem great”
 of 5 bubbles rockanroll4u, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
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