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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#39 of 217 hotels in Chicago
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Find your home away from home in the elegant accommodations at Le Meridien Essex Chicago. Our intuitively designed and thoughtfully appointed guest rooms offer a restful energy amidst the bustle of the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows boast an awe-inspiring view of the downtown Chicago cityscape and expansive views of Lake Michigan from Navy Pier to Soldier Field overlooking the Buckingham Fountain. Spoil yourself with perks including luxurious bedding and plush towels, in-room Lavazza espresso machines, Wi-Fi and oversized Smart TVs. When reseverving one of our sumptuous Skyline King rooms can enjoy sweeping vistas of the lakefront, Grant Park and the Museum Campus. Some of our amenities include: 24 hour Fitness Center with Peloton bike, in-room Lavazza espresso machines, 55" Smart TVs with Chromecast, valet, Bluetooth speakers bathroom mirror , wireless charging alarm clock and in-room movie options.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Wifi
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bowling offsite
Car hire
Business Center with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Paid public parking nearby
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Photo copier / fax In business center
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Allergy-free room
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
Iron
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Complimentary toiletries
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Romanian, Ukrainian
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Tarainjag wrote a review 15 Sep
Macomb, Michigan226 contributions121 helpful votes
I would recommend this hotel. Especially if you are a (or prospective) Columbia College Chicago parent. You are so close, less than 5 minutes, from their Student Center (where orientation is) and maybe 5 minutes from the book store and their main offices and where you go for the tours. East West University is next door too. Valet is expensive (I think I paid $75/night), but there is a $35 parking garage next door, but I am not sure if there is any in-out privilege. There is no dedicated valet lane, so when you pull over to the right side in front of the hotel, there are people behind you honking to go. Valets were always courteous and friendly. If you are a Bonvoy member, you should be receiving some complimentary vouchers for the restaurant that shares the lobby. However, I did not get it when I checked in. I only overheard someone at the front desk tell another guest when I was waiting for my valet pick up, the last night. Luckily the front desk gave me the vouchers and the restaurant was so kind to cash them all at the same time (different orders). The lobby is small. I never experienced rudeness of the front desk staff (just that ineptness of not knowing privileges of Bonvoy level members), but I met a family that did and they were not happy at all with their experience. The room was clean and modern. There is no vanity space to place your toiletries, though. The view from the gym was pretty. The hotel is pricey, but I suspect all hotels in this area are pricey too. I cannot comment as to value.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Hi Tarainjag — Thank you for sharing about your recent stay. We appreciate your recommendation and are happy to hear our location worked well for the proximity to Columbia College. We value your feedback and we hope to welcome you back the next time your travels bring you to Chicago.
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vandemusser wrote a review Nov 2021
Asheville, North Carolina15 contributions16 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
Stayed here with my wife as part of a travel package for a series of concerts at the Auditorium Theater. I’m always wary when things get packaged together like that, so was prepared to show up to a mediocre hotel experience. Happy to report that this was easily the nicest hotel I’ve stayed at in downtown Chicago. With the hotel recently renovated, the room we were in was very nicely appointed - tastefully modern with a very comfortable bed, huge TV, and very nice bathroom layout. The staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel restaurant is quite good and we were given a $15 voucher each day that was good for any meal we had at the restaurant. While the menu isn’t huge, the food we had was nicely prepared and the waitstaff were courteous, professional, and efficient. Would gladly stay here again and definitely plan on doing so the next time we come back to Chicago.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Great happy hour from 4-7 PM every day except Sunday. Inexpensive beers and a very nice happy...
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Responded 8 Nov 2021
Hello Matthew V - Thank you for your kind review and for visiting us recently! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. From our "nicely appointed" rooms to our warm and welcoming team members - we're happy to know you enjoyed yourself. Thanks again for your recommendation.
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AworldGoers wrote a review 13 Sep
Washington dc34 contributions40 helpful votes
I paid a 5* price ($600 a night) for 2* service, that especially sucks as an ambassador elite. Room cleaning is only upon advance request, which would have been nice to know from the front desk upon check-in. As a result I didn't get service when I really needed it, and 4pm was apparently too late to ask. They prefer you come to the front desk to pick up laundry and toiletries. As a elite member I was originally put on a low flower and a non-view room. When I asked they actually put me in a higher floor with a view, but why didn't they do that front the start?! Beds are made with cheap synthetic pillows, and at 9pm at night the front desk doesn't have access to pillows or additional sheets. Hard to imagine other hotels in the area could provide worse service that this.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Trip type: Traveled on business
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear AworldGoers — We recognize your time is valuable and appreciate the feedback you have provided. We are disheartened to hear about the quality of your recent stay. In order to better uphold our commitment to deliver an exceptional experience we have shared your feedback with our hotel leadership team to investigate this further. Please reach out to frontdesk@lemeridienessexchicago.com and allow us the chance to learn more and improve upon your experience. Thanks again for your time and feedback.
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Lejla B wrote a review Aug 2022
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I spent 5 days in and it was excellent, room was so clean, and staff was very helpful especially two Jamses and Tony. In the loby there is a nice restaurant Grand Park Bistro, with graeat service and very nice menu. I would recommend it to everyone!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled on business
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Lejla B. — Thank you for your kind review and for visiting us recently! We are happy to hear your stay was excellent and our team members, Tony and James, left a lasting impression with their helpful hospitality. And we're delighted to hear you were able to enjoy Grant Park Bistro. Thank you for your recommendation. We hope you choose to stay with us again when your travels bring you back to Chicago.
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Jayson W wrote a review Aug 2022
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I got in late and i had made a few mistakes with my online booking and she fixed it and made all better than great. Truly a great face of the brand and and understand hospitality and practices it to the fullest. Thank you Shakeya and your team! Jayson
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Jayson W —  Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience with us.We're happy to know Shakeya made a lasting impression with her helpful hospitality. We appreciate your positive review and look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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IrishRover36 wrote a review Aug 2022
Barrie, Canada70 contributions59 helpful votes
Just back from a great 6 day stay in Chicago.The hotel was clean and the room was nice and felt newly renovated.We had a big tv and then beds were comfortable.The only problem was that in our bathroom the shower door was improperly installed meaning the door wood be ajar and the floor got very wet everytime we had a shower.We did tell the hotel about it and they said they would send an engineer up to have a look at it but the problem was not fixed.It was only a slight inconvience and didnt effect our enjoyment of the hotel. They do give $15 vouchers to the bar/restaurant on the main level.We tried it twice, firts time the Bud Light was flat,the second time they didnt have Bud Light so had the worse Gin & Tonic.It was however a lovely place to sit outside. All in all i woul recommend the hotel.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi IrishRover36 — Thank you for sharing about your recent stay. We're happy to see you found your room comfortable and clean, and you enjoyed our location on Michigan Ave near so many city attractions. We value your feedback about the shower and have shared this with our management team so they can properly investigate. We have also shared your dining feedback with our third party partners who operate Grant Park Bistro. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Thank you for your recommendation to others. We hope you choose to stay with us again when your travels bring you back to Chicago.
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Maureen M wrote a review Aug 2022
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James, Nicole, Jesus, Markel and all the restaurant staff and front desk staff went above and beyond. The hotel was clean and comfortable. The restaurant was very good and convenient. Great location. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded 21 Aug 2022
Hi Maureen M. — Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience with us. We're happy to hear you enjoyed the restaurant and our location worked well for your stay. And we're thrilled to know James, Nicole, Jesus, and Markel all made a lasting impression with their helpful and welcoming hospitality. We appreciate your positive review and look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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Jennifer F wrote a review Aug 2022
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Paid for a deluxe room with city view and was given a cramped room with no view. Switched rooms, but wasn't much better-not sure what we paid more for. Very disappointed to find no pool when we double checked before booking. Staff also wasn't pleasant, wouldn't recommend.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking with hotel is expensive, try lot around the corner for much less.
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Responded 21 Aug 2022
Hi Jennifer F. — We recognize your time is valuable and appreciate the feedback you have provided. In order to better uphold our commitment to deliver an exceptional experience we have shared your feedback with our hotel leadership team to investigate this further. Please reach out to frontdesk@lemeridienessexchicago.com and allow us the chance to learn more and improve upon your experience. Thanks again for your time and feedback.
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Pau_JM wrote a review Aug 2022
Monterrey, Mexico8 contributions3 helpful votes
When we arrived to our room I realized it was very dirty, the floor had lots of hair. For the next couple of days they were “under staffed” so they were “unable” to clean the room. Many times I asked for clean towels, shampoo, conditioner…and took fooooorever to come. It’s a very noisy hotel, you can hear every single door opening an closing every time. Also, they have a really rude staff, bad attitude and bad manners. They are NOT understaff, they are overbooked so they do whatever they want. Really really bad experience.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 15 Aug 2022
Hi Pau_JM — We recognize your time is valuable and appreciate the feedback you have provided. In order to better uphold our commitment to deliver an exceptional experience we have shared your feedback with our hotel leadership team to investigate this further. Please reach out to frontdesk@lemeridienessexchicago.com and allow us the chance to learn more and improve upon your experience. Thanks again for your time and feedback.
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Danielle F wrote a review Aug 2022
Long Island, New York3 contributions
After a trip that had me up and traveling at 3 AM, I arrived on a rainy Chicago morning and was greeted by James at the front desk. He met me with a sunny disposition, and offered me water while he checked me in. He also worked tirelessly to assist me as my room category was inadvertently changed by my corporate travel provider when I added a night to my stay. Though it was not the hotel's mistake, James made it right for me, and was friendly and attentive. The hotel is in a beautiful location overlooking Grant Park. The rooms are clean and modern and the staff so far is tops notch! Especially James! This hotel seems to be a great value!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled on business
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Responded 9 Aug 2022
Hi Danielle F. — Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience with us. We're thrilled to hear you found the rooms clean and modern, and our location worked well for your stay. And we're happy to learn James made a lasting impression with his welcoming and helpful hospitality. We appreciate your positive review and look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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US$167 - US$389 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
chicago`s essex hotel chicago, chicagos essex hotel, essex inn chicago, hotel chicagos essex
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Hotel Essex
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United StatesIllinoisChicagoCentral / Downtown / The Loop
NUMBER OF ROOMS
274
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Frequently Asked Questions about Le Méridien Essex Chicago
Which popular attractions are close to Le Méridien Essex Chicago?
Nearby attractions include Fox in a Box Chicago (0.4 km), Jazz Showcase (0.3 km), and The Loop (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Le Méridien Essex Chicago?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a fitness centre.
Which room amenities are available at Le Méridien Essex Chicago?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Le Méridien Essex Chicago?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Le Méridien Essex Chicago?
Yes, a parking garage, paid public parking nearby, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Le Méridien Essex Chicago?
Conveniently located restaurants include Eleven City Diner, Yolk - South Loop, and Devil Dawgs.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Le Méridien Essex Chicago?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Le Méridien Essex Chicago located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Chicago.
Does Le Méridien Essex Chicago offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Le Méridien Essex Chicago?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Romanian, and Ukrainian.
Are there any historical sites close to Le Méridien Essex Chicago?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Garfield Park Conservatory (7.9 km), The Rookery Building (1.0 km), and Macy's on State Street (1.4 km).