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If you're planning a trip to ‪#‎CHICAGO‬ & looking for a great hotel with FREE EXTRAS, the Inn has several to offer: Free rooftop pool (with a stunning view of Grant Park), free fitness center with treadmills, life-cycles, elliptical machines, weight machines and free-weights, free shuttle around downtown, free wireless Internet, and more! Visit our website for rates and package deals: http://www.essexinn.com ‪#‎hotels‬ #chicago ‪#‎essexinn‬
Essex Inn is one of the downtown Chicago hotels on Michigan Ave, that offers great value accommodations & free extras such as a rooftop pool, free wi-fi & gym.
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There is never a reason to be bored in Chicago…If you’re not sure what to do, check out these fun attractions: http://goo.gl/rXrBpn #parks #attractions #chicago
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There's lots to do in Chicago that isn't expensive. Check out all the free activities you can do in the city here: http://goo.gl/7OqE4l #Chicago #activities
More fun for free at Chicago’s Essex Inn, a great value hotel with free pool, gym & shuttle on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue
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Don't miss out on this package deal for the ULTIMATE Rugby match! New Zealand All Blacks vs. USA Eagles on November 1, 2014. Stay walking distance to Soldier Field. Our packages prices start from $399* per person for Sideline Mezzanine tickets and $499* per person for Midfield Mezzanine tickets. Book your package: Sideline: http://goo.gl/UgvHN1 or Midfield Mezzanine: http://goo.gl/7d2fIv #rugby #newzealand #USA
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Sports fans, check out our Sports mini-cation package! http://goo.gl/YxIYch ‪#‎Chicago‬ ‪#‎sports‬ ‪#‎hotel‬
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USA, home of the brave, take on New Zealand, land of the warrior-New Zealand All Blacks play the USA Eagles in Chicago on Nov 1, 2014 See trailer--> http://youtu.be/lOhkJv1PTTY 

We are just steps from Soldier Field where this match will take place. Check out our packages starting at $399 per person, Sideline Mezzanine tickets http://goo.gl/UgvHN1 and $499* per person for Midfield Mezzanine tickets http://goo.gl/7d2fIv 
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How excited are we for the climactic sold out meeting between the #USA Eagles and the New Zealand All Blacks? Enough for a few rounds of the Haka!

Pick up game tickets and hotel accommodations for you and a friend HERE: http://bit.ly/1pqkM64 — sideline ($399) and midfield mezzanine ($499) still available! Ka mate!
Stay at a hotel in Chicago within walking distance to the Rugby match! Prices start from $399* pp for Sideline Mezzanine tickets and $499* pp for Midfield Mezzanine tickets.
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See the mighty New Zealand All Blacks vs. the USA Eagles at Soldier Field on November 1, 2014. This will mark the first match between the two sides on American soil since 1980. Only $399* per person for Sideline Mezzanine tickets http://goo.gl/UgvHN1 and $499* per person for Midfield Mezzanine tickets http://goo.gl/7d2fIv #NewZealand #USA #rugby
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Make your next visit to Chicago one of discovery. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is full of fun interactive exhibits and experiences. We can arrange VIP tickets so you can skip the long lines and head straight into a wonderful world of exploration. Room + VIP Museum tickets from only $159 for two*: http://goo.gl/h4Koqg #chicago #museum #attractions
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The New Zealand rugby team are also famous for their haka Ka Mate Ka Mate, the warlike challenge they lay down to the opposing team before each match. Check out the NZ All Blacks Haka: http://youtu.be/kjVqZkDZrgg

Be sure to take advantage of one of our special package deals to watch ultimate rugby match: $399* per person for Sideline Mezzanine tickets http://goo.gl/UgvHN1 and $499* per person for Midfield Mezzanine tickets. http://goo.gl/7d2fIv #rugby #newzealand #USA
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Looking for something to do this weekend? Take advantage of the many amenities: Pool, shuttle service to The Magnificent Mile, nearby museums and more! Check out our website for rates and special packages to suit your stay: www.essexinn.com  #hotel #chicago #travel 
Essex Inn is one of the downtown Chicago hotels on Michigan Ave, that offers great value accommodations & free extras such as a rooftop pool, free wi-fi & gym.
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Ultimate Holiday Shopping Package: If you are in Chicago for holiday shopping, you’ve come to the right place. Save more this holiday shopping season! Book now while we still have room at the Inn for your November or December stay: http://goo.gl/BjI6UN ‪#‎holidays‬ ‪#‎shopping‬ ‪#‎chicago‬
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800 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605
800 South Michigan AvenueUSIllinoisChicago60605
(312) 939-2800essexinn.com
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Essex Inn is the downtown Chicago Hotel for attractions and events The Essex Inn is one of the best value Chicago Hotels. We offer excellent accommodations at fantastic prices and free extras to make your stay special. And we don't cut corners on comfort or location.


Located in the heart of downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue, with Chicago's finest attractions within walking distance, we have comfortable rooms, hotel suites and family rooms overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan. Our free pool, fitness center and rooftop garden, free shuttle and reasonably priced parking all make for a better Chicago vacation or business trip.


We offer Chicago hotel deals and packages for all interests and budget, so when you're planning your next trip to Chicago, check out The Essex Inn's hotel specials and vacation packages. Whether you want to see a game at Soldier Field, shop the Magnificent Mile, soak up culture at the Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago, attend an event, go to a Broadway In Chicago show, or attend a convention at McCormick Place we'll have the Chicago hotel deal for you.

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Amanda Gamso
a week ago
Horrible experience, we will never go back. The window curtains were ripped, there was what looked like barf outside of our window, the bathrooms had an extra place for another toilet hook up. When I called to book the room, I was told that Lincoln Park zoo was 7 blocks away. It was in fact 3.8 MILES! The pool was absolutely GROSS there was clumps of hair floating around, and the pool water was very cloudy and didn't look clean. The sides of the pool where covered in orangeish rust and the pool deck had moldy puddles all over. When I talked to the manager when I left he said there was nothing he could do to compensate my horrible stay. For close to $200 a night I expect clean windows, no rips in the curtains and a clean pool. I was sadly mistaken. The lobby is very deceiving as well, nice and up to date, funky chairs very inviting, Until you get to your room. You cant even fit a normal sixe water bottle in the sink to fill it up. Also, they want you pay an extra $60 to park at the hotel! RIP OFF!!! DO NOT GO TO THIS HOTEL!
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Victoria Hays
a month ago
I stayed at the Essex for 5 nights at the end of February. It was a mini vacation to enjoy some alone time to walk to places and visit the usual spots; Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum and the Magnificent Mile. You can see the Shedd and the Field from the room and the Art Institute is a 10 minute walk. My criteria for choosing accommodation was cost, view, location to the attractions I listed, a pool and gym would be a plus. I did a lot of research and settled with the Essex Inn. I was aware of all the reviews and was more than prepared to spend time in a hotel that may be a little dated, quirky bathroom size, etc. I'm a firm believer in accepting that you get what you pay for. I spent my 5 nights in room 1401 which is listed as a room with a view of the lake. The view was amazing!!! With floor to ceiling glass windows I absolutely enjoyed the city skyline, Grants park and the lake. Waking up in the morning with the sun rising at the end of my bed was so awesome and exactly what I was looking for. Yes, the bathroom is a tinny weeny size and the bathroom sink is just about as wide as my outstretched hand, but I wasn't looking for luxurious bathrooms, if you are then you will more than likely be disappointed. The bathroom was clean and had all the usuals you'd expect to find, the towels were a little scratchy for my personal taste, but I was okay with that. My room was clean to a point, when I drew the curtains back to admire that awesome view I could see hand - prints from what looked like the previous guests children. The king size bed was comfy. The fridge was clean. The t.v channels were great with all HBO channels, which allowed me to watch a new film every night when I retired to bed. The hotel and my room was a little worn and dated, but for the price I paid for the room I was very happy with my choice. The hotel staff were very helpful and friendly. The pool is dated, but the temperature was great. I didn't use the gym as I spent a lot of my days walking everywhere, but it was a very good space with lots of cardio equipment. I found a great place to eat called Tamarind, which do takeout, and is literally 5 minutes from the hotel. It's not much to look at, but the food was delicious and it was packed in there, which is usually a good sign. The hotel started filling up towards the weekend and it got noisy at times, someone actually screamed in my hallway two nights in a row and banged on a nearby door at 1.30 am. I probably wouldn't stay here at peak times or on weekends. It was very quiet and peaceful from Monday through to Wednesday. The heating situation was a little challenging, as it was just one setting, so it either got too hot for me or chilly, I actually ended up opening my windows a couple of times and slept with the heating off. The hotel itself was very warm everywhere, which again was challenging when you're wearing layers to deal with the Chicago weather in February, but again I accept that as a con for being able to stay in a very conveniently located hotel with the criteria I was looking for and at a considerably low cost. The Essex Inn has a good list of pros and cons, it all comes down to what your criteria and expectations are. If you want convenient, budget accommodation with the possibility of great views, I'd say go stay at the Essex.
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Zorin Dobson
5 months ago
I have to admit for hotels I'm pretty picky. This experience wasn't horrible but it made me realize why I stick to the Hilton chain of hotels. As far as bang for the buck it was a very good deal. It came in at half the price of the Hilton Chicago next door. There were some downsides though. The guy at the front desk seemed to be starting to catch a bit of a cold which is the last thing you want to see from someone handing you the keys that you have to use for the duration of your stay. It wasn't a major issue but just kind of something I noticed. I booked a room with a bed built to the exact specifications for a king. Unfortunately they only had smoking rooms remaining. I didn't even know hotels still had smoking rooms. I decided to try it out anyway and didn't even make it off of the elevator before near affiliation, and then decided to go back down and grab a new room. The room was slightly warm, not warm enough that you would say that the thermostat is malfunctioning but warm enough to make you just a bit uncomfortable as well as thirsty. Your desires for a bit of fresh water won't be quenched by the floors vending machines as they only had soft drinks. All things considered, this might be one of the best values in Chicago location wise, but don't have doubts about spending the extra money because it is worth it.
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Loretta White
2 months ago
Decent hotel, clean rooms but the plumbing sucks. you had to take a shower/bath at the same time. Called the front desk someone came to fix it but it still did it when I showered. The parking was horrible it cost 52.00 nearly the cost of the room for 24 hours.
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Alisha Peterson
a week ago
Great location, but overall dissatisfied. My husband and I stayed here for one night, checking in on Saturday, March 28th, and out on the 29th. We had reserved via the Essex Inn site, reserving their "parking package" that had a King bed regular room (ended up on the 9th floor). It was our first Chicago trip and our intent was to spend the time in the Field Museum and in that area, so the location for that and MANY other attractions was great. If it had been warmer weather, staying in this location would have been a great experience but only because of the ability to walk to so many places along well-maintained streets and with so much to see. However, in terms of experience in the hotel itself, it was completely underwhelming. The photos you see on their site and other promotional sites like Expedia make the place look like a lovely haven with a touch of historical grace. In reality, the building seemed very small and somehow old-in-a-bad way. It is right next to the Hilton, which has a beautiful historical building, and the proximity probably reflected badly. Inside the hotel, there was a decent looking decor throughout, and I didn't feel like the place was dirty or exactly neglected. The elevators were miserably small, and sometimes very slow. The room we had was nice enough in decor and upkeep. However, other comments here about the poor sound insulation are right on. You can hear everything from rooms even nonadjacent to your own. Hallways sounds were extremely clear. People coming and going, sounds of the tvs, and conversations in other rooms were as loud as if they were all in the same room. That was very much something I disliked. We did not go to the pool at all, even to view it. Now we are dealing with the experience of being overcharged and attempting to get that corrected. This is probably the one thing that ruined the entire hotel experience for me and makes me recommend AGAINST staying here. Our reservation clearly has the price we were to be charged, and since we booked with the hotel itself, even the charges that others have mentioned finding only upon checking in after reserving through places like expedia should have already been included. No one has gotten back in touch with my husband about the overcharge after he called. I do not expect perfection in any business and this type of mistake would not be a complaint at all if not for the lack of customer service/support in attempting to resolve the issue. There are plenty of other hotels in the vicinity that are in the same or cheaper price ranges, and after we experienced Chicago, we even realized that the "convenience and savings" of the hotel parking were outrageous. There are a lot of very safe, well kept public parking, right next door to the hotel even, where for $15/day, you'd save a ton of money on the parking package Essex offers.
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Marco Cortesi
2 weeks ago
they charged my credit carge more than the prize, the parking cost is a rape, the room was smelling badly. Bad hotel
Lynelle Holloway
4 months ago
Not modern, but very clean. Staff very helpful and accomodating. Easy walking to many items of interest. Park 2 blocks west in 8th street garage for only $25/day.
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Kyle Marshall
5 months ago
Great location, reasonable price, decent rooms, and friendly staff. Even though my room faced the pool/atrium area, I didn't have any issues with noise. The rooms are on the smaller side, but they had everything I needed. The hotel as a whole either has air conditioning or heat, depending on the time of year. Warm fall days may get a bit warm, but opening the windows help.