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Le Méridien Essex Chicago

4-star hotel with restaurant, near Grant Park

  • Free WiFi in lobby

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800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, 60605, IL, United States of America
  • Reception staff was rude on check in. Also charged me $50 for an umbrella I returned…

    Sep. 21, 2019

  • So happy with my stay at the Essex. The staff were amazing and helpful, rooms very modern…

    Aug. 15, 2019

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 24 hours gap period enforced between guest stays
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Masks are available for guests
  • Individually wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser

Guests rated location

Dining options
Transport options
  • Free WiFi
  • Bathtub
  • Non-smoking
  • Gym
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 274 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Housekeeping once per stay
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Business center
  • 24-hour front desk

For families

  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Espresso maker
  • Lift

What’s around

  • In The Loop
  • Grant Park - 1 min walk
  • Art Institute of Chicago - 11 min walk
  • Millennium Park - 14 min walk
  • Field Museum of Natural History - 15 min walk
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium - 18 min walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Classic Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, View
  • Superior Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, City View
  • Classic Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking, View
  • Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking, City View
  • Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, City View

What’s around


  • In The Loop
  • Grant Park - 1 min walk
  • Art Institute of Chicago - 11 min walk
  • Millennium Park - 14 min walk
  • Field Museum of Natural History - 15 min walk
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium - 18 min walk
  • Soldier Field - 21 min walk
  • Willis Tower - 22 min walk
  • Chicago Theatre - 22 min walk
  • Chicago Riverwalk - 27 min walk
  • House of Blues Chicago - 28 min walk

Getting around

  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) - 37 min drive
  • Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) - 26 min drive
  • Chicago, IL (PWK-Chicago Executive) - 46 min drive
  • Chicago, IL (DPA-Dupage) - 51 min drive
  • Rockford, IL (RFD-Greater Rockford) - 90 min drive
  • Chicago Museum Campus-11th Street Station - 5 min walk
  • Chicago Van Buren Street Station - 7 min walk
  • Millennium Station - 19 min walk
  • Harrison Station - 7 min walk
  • Roosevelt Station - 8 min walk
  • Harold Washington Library Station - 11 min walk
Profile: The Loop

Profile: The Loop

No visit to The Loop, located in the vibrant heart of central Chicago, is complete without a trip to Millennium Park. Make sure to take a photo in front of Cloud Gate, affectionately nicknamed “The Bean”. You’ll see your own image and that of the downtown skyline reflected in its mirror-like surface.

The Loop’s celebrated Theater District buzzes with award-winning shows and glitzy productions. At any given time, you can enjoy productions ranging from world premieres of musicals to witty original plays in famed venues such as the Goodman Theatre, the Chicago Theatre, the Cadillac Palace Theatre, and many more.

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800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, 60605, IL, United States of America

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 274 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 15 floors


  • Check-in time 4:00 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

If you are planning to arrive after midnight please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • WiFi in rooms*


  • No onsite parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Room service (during limited hours)

Things to do

  • 24-hour fitness facilities

Working away

  • Business centre
  • Meeting rooms


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Luggage storage


  • Lift
  • ATM/banking


  • Braille or raised signage
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Wheelchair-accessible public bathroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible fitness centre
  • Wheelchair-accessible meeting spaces/business centre
  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Visual alarms in hallways
  • Handrails in stairways
  • Wheelchairs available on site
  • Closed captioned TV
  • Lowered electrical outlets in bathroom
  • Lowered peephole/view port in door
  • Lowered locks/deadbolt
  • Height-adjustable showerhead
  • Grab bar - near toilet
  • Transfer shower
  • Lever door handles

Languages Spoken

  • Chinese
  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Ukrainian

In the room

Home comforts

  • Air conditioning
  • Espresso maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Hair dryer

Be entertained

  • 55-inch Smart TV

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • WiFi (surcharge)
  • Free local calls


  • Housekeeping - once per stay
  • In-room safe

Special features


Grant Park Bistro - Onsite bistro.

Small print

Also known as

  • Hotel Essex
  • Hotel Essex Chicago
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  • Essex

Optional extras

Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)

WiFi is available in guestrooms for USD 12.99 per night (rates may vary)


Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a smoke detector on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; masks are required in public areas.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:

Deposit: USD 100 per night

  • Resort fee: USD 16.73 per accommodation, per night

Resort fee inclusions:

  • Fitness center access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access (may be limited)
  • Phone calls (may be limited)
  • Faxes
  • In-room safe
  • In-room coffee

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.


  • Yes, Le Méridien Essex Chicago does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Le Méridien Essex Chicago.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • You can check in from 4:00 PM - midnight. There's a charge for early check-in (amount may vary, subject to availability). Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes, there's an onsite restaurant, Grant Park Bistro. Nearby restaurants include Yolk (4-min walk), Lou Malnati's Pizzeria (4-min walk), and Devil Dawgs (4-min walk).
  • Maintain your daily exercise routine at the 24-hour gym.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Hotel Essex is in a great location, has a decent sized rooms, with a comfortable bed and the showers have screens not curtains. It is also great that there is a restaurant, cafe and bar attached to the hotel.

    1 night trip with friends, Jun. 19, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great stay - Hotel Staff awesome

    Great location. The room was very clean and modern. The front desk staff were all very friendly and accommodating especially Jesus. The restaurant was excellent for dinner & breakfast. All around great stay.

    Joyce, 2 night trip with friends, Jul. 16, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional


    The stay was fantastic!!

    Kayla, 1 night trip, Jun. 19, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great hotel and staff!

    Amazing trip - the Essex was great. Great response on every need😊

    Sandra, 2 night trip with friends, Jun. 15, 2021

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  • 4.0.Fair

    Essex Inn-ferior

    Parking Garage was next door, with an easy to find spot. Check-in went smooth, but they make you sign multiple pages of paperwork and the process was lengthy. Hotel was clean and in good condition, but the rooms were small and noise could be heard in the hallway every-time someone opened or closed door. In another instance, our neighbor was in a fight with his family and proceeded to yell violent threats at them. We reported to front desk and staff did what they could, but very uncomfortable stay at the Essex. Looks great in photos, but hotel employees and guests create a different environment. Would not recommend to friends or family or even my worst enemy

    Matt, 2 night business trip, Jun. 8, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Very chic and relaxing vibe!

    Had a great stay at the Essex!

    Kirsten, 3 night business trip, Jun. 8, 2021

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  • 6.0.Good

    Room was a little small. Nicely updated though. I found the comforter on the bed to be slightly soiled. Not sure if stained or new....

    2 night family trip, Jun. 7, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Welcome back

    Great location, many attractions, great price for a hotel in this location.

    Matthew, 1 night trip, Jun. 4, 2021

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  • 2.0.Poor

    Avoid this place if you have class

    I checked in and checked right back out!!! I paid for a king room with a city view, the view was a trash filled parking garage with graffiti. The room was clean but small! The carpet in the lobby is filthy, the area that it was in was ghetto! Paper all over the ground, parking garage next to it had people hanging out smoking weed like they were at a barbecue. This hotel should not be charging $200 plus for one night. I got out of there with the quickness! Felt unsafe and my husband did not feel his truck would be safe parked there.

    Brenda, 1 night trip, May 22, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Not a bad place for the price.

    It was a decent hotel. They did appear to be understaffed which is totally understandable in todays climate with lack of staffing across the board for the service industry. The only negative thing I have to say is that it CONSTANTLY smelled like marijuana smoke and it was a project to get clean bath towels. I stayed for 4 nights and was only able to get clean towels once. The desk staff were all friendly and helpful and the price was fair.

    Kaite, 4 night trip with friends, Apr. 29, 2021

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