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8.7

Excellent
/10
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Housekeeping5
Shops1
View1
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8.9

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Exceptional for walking
Parking
Available
Walkable places
East West University

30 m

Buddy Guy's Legends Club

150 m

Gen. John Logan Memorial

150 m

Loopy Yarns

250 m

Upper Hutchinson Field

260 m

Popular landmarks
The Art Institute of Chicago

870 m

Shedd Aquarium

930 m

Millennium Park

1.2 km

Cloud Gate

1.2 km

Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

1.2 km

Closest landmarks
1130 South Michigan Garage

250 m

Museum of Contemporary Photography

310 m

Columbia College

310 m

Plymouth Court Garage

360 m

Printer’s Row

400 m

Le Méridien Essex Chicago

"Was a quick 15 minute walk to Soldier Field and close to so many great restaurants and of course shopping!"

Jennifer - January 3, 2022
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Le Méridien Essex Chicago

800 South Michigan Avenue, Loop, Chicago (IL), United States, 60605 - See map

Strategically situated in Loop, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Millennium Park. Rated with 4 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to restaurant and fitness center on-site.

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This property is in high demand!

3 travelers have booked today.

Announcements by hotel (1)
CITY OF CHICAGO VACCINE MANDATE - Effective January 3, 2022, any individual 5 years old and above will be required to show proof of vaccination to dine indoors including the hotel's bars, restaurants, event space or to visit the hotel's fitness center. Masks are required in all indoor public spaces. Visit the City of Chicago's website for more information.
  • 360 meters to public transportation

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Bar

  • Fitness center

  • Laundry service

Value for money8.3
Location rating8.9
Nearest airportMidway International Airport (MDW)
Distance to airport13.4 km

Rooms available at Le Méridien Essex Chicago

Superior, Guest room, 1 King, City view
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  • Shower
  • 1 king bed
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Deluxe Guest room, 2 Double, City view
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  • City view
  • Shower
  • 2 double beds
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Deluxe Guest room, 1 King, City view
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  • City view
  • Shower
  • 1 king bed
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Classic, Guest room, 2 Double, Limited view
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  • Shower
  • 2 double beds
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Classic, Guest room, 1 King, Limited view
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  • Shower
  • 1 king bed
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City View Double
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • Shower
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City View King ADA Room
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Shower
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Standard Double Room
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  • Room size: 26 m²/280 ft²
  • Shower
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City View Two Double ADA Room
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

Does Le Méridien Essex Chicago have a hot tub?

Hotel Essex does not have a hot tub.

What time is check-in and check-out at Le Méridien Essex Chicago?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Le Méridien Essex Chicago?

If you're looking for an easy way to get around Chicago (IL) with private transportation, the hotel can arrange taxi service.

Is breakfast offered at Le Méridien Essex Chicago?

Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 30 USD if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hotel.

What are my dining options at Le Méridien Essex Chicago?

Le Méridien Essex Chicago features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

What is the smoking policy at Le Méridien Essex Chicago?

Le Méridien Essex Chicago does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Le Méridien Essex Chicago?

The closest train, metro, or bus station is Harrison Subway Station, 350 m away from Le Méridien Essex Chicago.

What restaurants are nearby Le Méridien Essex Chicago?

Le Méridien Essex Chicago’s neighborhood is Loop which includes popular restaurants such as Grant Park Bistro, Brasserie by LM and Herb N' Kitchen.

What popular shopping places are close to Le Méridien Essex Chicago?

Located in the Loop area, Le Méridien Essex Chicago is close to great shopping choices like L. H. Selman Ltd, American Academy of Art Bill L. Parks Gallery and The Savvy Traveller.

What are popular attractions near Le Méridien Essex Chicago?

Le Méridien Essex Chicago is located in Loop area, which is famous for attractions such as Cloud Gate, Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower and Shedd Aquarium.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Le Méridien Essex Chicago?

Le Méridien Essex Chicago is located within Loop, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Millennium Park.

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What people love about Le Méridien Essex Chicago

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Location

    "Was a quick 15 minute walk to Soldier Field and close to so many great restaurants and of course shopping!"

    Jennifer

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    January 3, 2022

  • 8.8

    Excellent

    "Great hotel!"

    Alquin

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    June 6, 2021

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Beautiful room, amazing view, upgraded by staff upon check in."

    Adam

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    January 10, 2021

Overall rating:

8.7

Excellent
898 reviews
Cleanliness
8.9
Facilities
8.1
Location
8.9
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What travelers say they love:
Wonderful location and exceptional quality hotel.
Arielle from United States
Business traveler
More about Le Méridien Essex Chicago

More about Le Méridien Essex Chicago

Le Méridien Essex Chicago

Le Méridien Essex Chicago is the perfect choice for travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Chicago (IL). Experience an urban escape in Chicago (IL) with a stay at Le Méridien Essex Chicago, with its exceptional location right in the city center.
Le Méridien Essex Chicago offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. Never be out of touch with your contacts, with free Wi-Fi offered throughout your stay. Taxi services provided by the hotel make exploring Chicago (IL) even more convenient. The hotel provides front desk services such as concierge service, express check-in or check-out, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes for guests' convenience.
Staying for a long time, or just need clean clothes? dry cleaning service and laundry service offered at the hotel will keep your favorite travel outfits clean and available. Please be advised that smoking is not allowed in the hotel to allow cleaner air for all guests.


Dining and things to do

If you don't feel like going out to eat, you can always opt for the delicious dining options at the hotel. A night in at the hotel's bar can be as fun as a night out with your travel companions.
Recreational facilities at Le Méridien Essex Chicago are designed for escape and relaxation. Fitness lovers who want to keep up their routine on vacation can drop in at the hotel's fitness facility. Have fun with your friends or family, or even meet new people at the shared lounge and TV area.


Around the property

Le Méridien Essex Chicago provides an excellent base for exploring the sights of Chicago (IL) in-depth. Engage in the city's best art at The Art Institute of Chicago located 870 m away, where you can learn about the local art scene and buy original works. Get a photograph of yourself in front of Cloud Gate located 1.2 km away, a must-see for anyone visiting Chicago (IL). One of the city's most iconic and famous buildings is Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, located 1.2 km away.

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Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

8.1

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Chinese [Cantonese]
  • French
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Ukrainian

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Fitness center

Cleanliness and safety

  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • Free face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hygiene certification
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Sterilizing equipment
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Room service

Services and conveniences

  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Cash withdrawal
  • Concierge
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Doorman
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Heating in public area
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area

Access

  • Allergy-free rooms
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]

Getting around

  • Car park [on-site]
  • Taxi service
  • Valet parking

Available in all rooms

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Desk
  • Free bottled water
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room safe box
  • Ironing facilities
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Shower
  • Toiletries
  • Wi-Fi [free]
Location
800 South Michigan Avenue, Loop, Chicago (IL), United States, 60605
Excellent
Location

8.9

Airports

  • Midway International Airport (MDW)
    13.4 km
  • O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
    26.0 km

Public transportation

  • Harrison Subway Station
    360 m
  • Museum Campus / 11th Street
    380 m

Hospital or clinic

  • Brighter Dental of South Loop
    1.4 km

Shopping

  • Water Tower Place
    2.9 km

Convenience store

  • 7 Eleven
    230 m

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM on-site
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
    870 m
  • Shedd Aquarium
    930 m
  • Millennium Park
    1.2 km
  • Cloud Gate
    1.2 km
  • Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    1.2 km
  • The Magnificent Mile
    2.6 km
  • Navy Pier
    2.8 km
  • 360 Chicago Observation Deck
    3.0 km
  • Wrigley Field
    8.9 km
  • Museum of Science and Industry
    9.7 km

Nearby landmarks

  • East West University
    30 m
  • Buddy Guy's Legends Club
    150 m
  • Gen. John Logan Memorial
    150 m
  • Loopy Yarns
    250 m
  • 1130 South Michigan Garage
    250 m
  • Upper Hutchinson Field
    260 m
  • The Loop
    260 m
  • Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
    260 m
  • The Science Institute
    270 m
  • Spertus Institute
    280 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-2 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 3-17 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 18 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking 10 or more rooms, guests are advised to contact the property directly.
  • The property requires a refundable security deposit of USD 100 upon check-in.
  • The minimum age of guests to stay is 21 years if unaccompanied by an adult.
  • Guests must provide a valid form of government regulated identification (eg. passport, ID card, driver’s license, etc.) upon check-in.
  • All special requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.
  • CITY OF CHICAGO VACCINE MANDATE - Effective January 3, 2022, any individual 5 years old and above will be required to show proof of vaccination to dine indoors including the hotel's bars, restaurants, event space or to visit the hotel's fitness center. Masks are required in all indoor public spaces. Visit the City of Chicago's website for more information.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from15:00
  • Check-out until12:00

Extras

  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)30 USD

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsno
  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of floors14
  • Number of restaurants1
  • Number of rooms 274
  • Most recent renovation2019

Parking

  • Daily parking fee24 USD

Reviews of Le Méridien Essex Chicago from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.5
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10
Cleanliness8.9
Facilities8.1
Location8.9
Service8.5
Value for money8.3
High score for Chicago (IL)
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9+ Exceptional (19)
8-9 Excellent (3)
7-8 Very Good (3)
6-7 Good (3)
<6 Below Expectation (7)
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Mar - May (2)
Jun - Aug (14)
Sep - Nov (11)
Dec - Feb (8)
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9.2
Exceptional
Y
Business traveler
Stayed 7 nights in November 2019

Will come back”

Great staff. Convenient location. Well kept and updated. Good food at the restaurant and neighborhood -- generally speaking, yummy food around Chicago! Room very clean -- service a bit slow, but perhaps low manpower? Still, nice and clean. $16 Urban fee was a bit much -- that is, in-room espresso machine was wonky and made bad coffee (an upgrade would be good); we didn't use the gym (lots of walking to do and places to see in Chicago to get one's exercise); didn't want to keep taking small bottled water due to plastic waste; local phone calls not really a big deal in today's cellphone world; access to printing/business center not very useful, either; wifi a definite must, so that's something positive! Again, no issue with additional cost, but I think $15/$16 is a bit much on a daily basis. Parking is approx $22/day, if you have a car. Overall a good hotel; minor adjustments, but I'd say better than the alternatives in that area. I would definitely come back.

Reviewed November 12, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Julie from Canada
Family with teens
Stayed 1 night in August 2019

Cubs trip”

Our stay in Chicago at the Essex was wonderful; the staff made an excellent impression on us - very polite and efficient. Thank you for a great trip to Chicago to see the Cubs play!

Reviewed August 15, 2019

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Thank you for choosing Hotel Essex, as your home away from home, while visiting the Windy City! Come back and see us soon!

Responded October 01, 2019
Le Méridien Essex Chicago
7.6
Very good
Andrea from United States
Solo traveler
No Guaranteed Bed Type, Guest room, King or Double
Stayed 2 nights in October 2019

Not good for Chicago Marathon weekend! ”

Not flexible at all for marathon runners, if you are going to run the Chicago Marathon, look for another hotel. Their location is great, but they tell you they will be flexible with checkout and then they charge you a late fee. There are other hotels in the area that are more understanding of runners and will extend the checkout an hour or so without you having to pay more.

Reviewed October 14, 2019

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Thank you for your feedback and for choosing Hotel Essex, as your home away from home, while visiting the Windy City!

Responded October 22, 2019
Le Méridien Essex Chicago
10.0
Exceptional
Youyi from China
Business traveler
No Guaranteed Bed Type, Guest room, King or Double
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Great hotel near Grant Park”

Rooms are big, modern and elegant with huge flat TV and floor-to-ceiling windows. Bathroom have bluetooth audio connection. Beds are tremendous and comfortable. The only pity is the hotel does not offer breakfast, but there are numerous breakfast and brunch options in the neighborhood. Yolk is brilliant.

Reviewed November 05, 2019

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Thank you for your feedback and for choosing Hotel Essex, as your home away, while visiting the Windy City! Our restaurant in the lobby, Grant Park Bistro, does offer breakfast. I am sorry you didn't get a chance to enjoy their wonderful menu!

Responded November 05, 2019
Le Méridien Essex Chicago
8.4
Excellent
Myrlene from Canada
Business traveler
Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

CEO”

I thought the hotel and the room were very good. The only thing that I found disconcerting was the automatic-electronic voice that spoke in a foreign language every time I walked by the bathroom....what the heck was that? Also, it is not clear enough where you can find all the services like room service, etc. There should be larger separate sign that tells you everything is on the tv.

Reviewed June 12, 2019

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Thank you for choosing Hotel Essex, as your home away from home, while visiting the Windy City!

Responded October 01, 2019
Le Méridien Essex Chicago
10.0
Exceptional
Sarah from United States
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in December 2019

Very nice stay”

The only downside is that i still don't have my incidentals unused portion refunded to my card yet a full 4 days later. Very comfortable boutique style hotel with a lovely restaurant and nightclub too. Very close to the museum campus.

Reviewed December 17, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Seth from United States
Business traveler
Stayed 2 nights in September 2019

Nice central location. ”

I did not realize how great a location it was. Right at the corner of Michigan and 8th. Michigan Avenue is their main strip with elite hotels and restaurants. I would recommend it.

Reviewed September 26, 2019

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Thank you for choosing Hotel Essex, as your home away from home, while visiting the Windy City! Come back and see us soon!

Responded October 01, 2019
Le Méridien Essex Chicago
9.6
Exceptional
Catherine
Couple
Stayed 1 night in August 2019

Exceptional”

Hotel was very clean and new. The staff was super friendly. We would definitely stay there again.

Reviewed August 11, 2019

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Thank you for choosing Hotel Essex, as your home away from home, while visiting the Windy City! Come back and see us soon!

Responded October 01, 2019
Le Méridien Essex Chicago
10.0
Exceptional
John from United States
Couple
Stayed 1 night in October 2020

Exceptional”

Clean remodeled very nice, no free hotel parking. Food is good, bed is comfortable.

Reviewed October 05, 2020

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9.6
Exceptional
LaToya from United States
Business traveler
Stayed 1 night in July 2019

Amazing place❣”

The customer service is what stood out first. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The room was also nice. It is located in a great area with plenty of attractions within walking distance. I was beyond pleased.

Reviewed July 29, 2019

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Thank you for choosing Hotel Essex, as your home away from home, while visiting the Windy City! Come back and see us soon!

Responded October 01, 2019
Le Méridien Essex Chicago
10.0
Exceptional
Arielle from United States
Business traveler
Stayed 6 nights in February 2020

Clean and Great Area”

Wonderful location and exceptional quality hotel.

Reviewed March 04, 2020

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10.0
Exceptional
Adam from United States
Couple
Stayed 1 night in January 2021

Beautiful ”

Beautiful room, amazing view, upgraded by staff upon check in. Great anniversary getaway for me and my wife.

Reviewed January 11, 2021

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6.4
Good
SARA from United States
Couple
Stayed 5 nights in July 2019

Front desk staff were terrible ”

Let me just start off by saying that I work in customer service, and part of how I get paid is based off of surveys. I never leave bad surveys. Everyone in the RESTAURANT was very nice bartenders waiters etc. but the front desk were super short and rude. Every time I called, they would hang up before I had the chance to finish what I had to say or finish my question that I had. My husband even ended up getting into it with one of them and all we were trying to do was ask about a late check out. This is a newer hotel, You would think hiring people at the front desk that are great at customer service would be important. Hopefully this feedback will help them in the future.

Reviewed August 10, 2019

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Thank you for choosing Hotel Essex, as your home away from home, while visiting the Windy City!

Responded October 01, 2019
Le Méridien Essex Chicago
10.0
Exceptional
Travis from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 4 nights in August 2019

Great Location and Newly Renovated!”

I enjoyed my stay here. Very clean, modern and newly renovated. Located in a great location on Michigan Avenue, right across from Grant Park. Easy to walk to The Field Museum, Alder Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and a nice walk to Millennium Park.

Reviewed August 12, 2019

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Thank you for choosing Hotel Essex, as your home away from home, while visiting the Windy City! Come back and see us soon!

Responded October 01, 2019
Le Méridien Essex Chicago
6.0
Jaimee
Couple
Stayed 1 night in May 2019

Above average”

Staff weren’t helpful Rooms weren’t ready on time No one brought shower gel upstairs

Reviewed May 18, 2019

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Thank you for choosing Hotel Essex, as your home away from home, while visiting the Windy City!

Responded October 01, 2019
Le Méridien Essex Chicago
9.6
Exceptional
Stan
Family with teens
Standard Double Room
Stayed 1 night in May 2019

Great location, great rooms”

The staff, the location, the rooms were all excellent. I would stay again.

Reviewed May 13, 2019

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We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay here with us! We appreciate the positive feedback. We look forward to you staying with us again,and as always take care!

Responded May 14, 2019
Le Méridien Essex Chicago
9.2
Exceptional
reina from United States
Business traveler
Stayed 1 night in January 2020

Clean, comfortable, good food and cocktails, friendly staff ”

Love the Bluetooth mirror and comfy pillows. Waited a while to buy some scones in the little coffee shop and the attendant never showed. I had to run to catch a cab to the airport, so never bought them. Disappointing.

Reviewed January 14, 2020

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2.0
Jessica
Business traveler
Stayed 6 nights in October 2019

very bad experience”

We lost two posters this Tuesday (October 22nd, in room 318) and reported to the people at the front desk. The posters were in the room since October 20th (we printed them in the FedEx, right across the street). Our presentation was on October 23rd. We noticed the posters were missing the night right before our presentation. People at the front desk said they’d reported this issue but was still waiting for investigation before our leaving. We were so disappointed about their attitude and the way they handled this, as they said they wouldn’t take any responsibility since they didn’t see our posters, and when we asked them a day after this (in the evening of October 23rd), the guy at front desk said the cleaning people did not come today. So, it’s still under investigation. This is really not a good excuse. Can you imagine the housekeeper didn’t show up a whole day? Now, we've been back from the conference for a couple of days, but are still waiting for their resonponse.

Reviewed October 27, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
astriyana from Malaysia
Business traveler
Stayed 1 night in September 2019

Centrally located, clean and modern!”

Walking distance to Millennium Park, 5 mins to halal food (Epic Burger) and yeah, staff was friendly too!

Reviewed September 29, 2019

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Thank you for choosing Hotel Essex, as your home away from home, while visiting the Windy City! Come back and see us soon!

Responded October 01, 2019
Le Méridien Essex Chicago
4.0
ABDULLAH
Couple
Stayed 5 nights in August 2019

I will not go there again ”

They have terrible room service. I lived for 5 days and did not get cleaned even once. The reason they say you should contact us before 2 pm

Reviewed August 21, 2019

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Thank you for choosing Hotel Essex, as your home away from home, while visiting the Windy City!

Responded October 01, 2019
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