Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown Lakefront
Reviews - Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown Lakefront
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown Lakefront
Never again.from leftsocktwo
However, the happy hour and breakfast were great. But these two things aren't at the top of my priority list when returning to a hotel. I'm surprised this hotel is ranked so highly.
Perfect Chicago stay!from sleep7
Room never cleaned after three phone callsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Finally about nine pm the front desk called to check on the clean staff who had still not arrived. At that point I simply asked to have some clean towels and left alone so I could go to bed. The towels and new coffee mugs took another forty five minutes to arrive.
A Family Hotel, Not a Business Hotelfrom kolowalu
I will only stay at this hotel if I bring my family with me.
A Good Hotel.......from SuperChief
great for kidsfrom smkidtravel
Great Location, Nice Hotelfrom JanuaryGirl8888
The rooms are spacious and comfortable. We had the 2DblBed suite and it was fine for us (couple w/ two kids). My only complaint with the room was that our fridge did not work. I didn't bother calling maintenance, though, because we really didn't have anything that required refrigeration anyway. (One other minor complaint: the concierge was not helpful at all....she basically points people to the rack of brochures.)
Based on some past reviews, I was expecting the breakfast to be chaotic but it wasn't -- it was great!! Good food and lots of variety, including fresh fruit. We're early risers, though, so we were at breakfast by 7:30am.....I noticed it WAS quite crowded later in the morning. The evening reception (complimentary drinks) was definitely overcrowded -- SRO and looong lines at the bar -- so we didn't bother with that at all.
Overall we were very pleased. On the way home, my kids starting planning our next trip to Chicago. We'll definitely pick the Embassy Suites again.
Lots of spacefrom LisaRex
The location was good -- a short walk to the Navy Pier in one direction and the Magnificent Mile in the other.
We booked two rooms at a great corporate rate ($165/night). Because they have 2 double beds (or a king) and a pull-out sofa bed, we were each able to have a bed of our own. Having a separate living room also meant that the snorer in our group could sleep without fearing that she was keeping everyone awake. :)
Our rooms were okay, but could have used a makeover. We had to ask for more towels as there were only two in the room. The bathroom was adequate and the rooms were smaller than other Embassy Suites that I've visited.
As others have posted, the pool is small and inadequate for the number of guests. I used the workout room twice, and it was also small but I had no trouble getting on the treadmill at 7am. The breakfast buffet got very crowded after 8am but the line moved quickly. I'd definitely recommend arriving early if you want a table. We didn't take advantage of the evening manager's reception.
If you're looking for charm and elegance, this is not the place. Embassy Suites definitely have an "urban" feel to them because of their contempary, open air design. The rooms are situated along the outer walls of the hotel and face a huge, open-air atrium. If you're afraid of heights, or if you're traveling with kids who are climbers, this may not be the place for you.
A watch-out: Parking is expensive. It's $20/night for self-park and $34 for valet parking. Before you decide that it's worth the extra $14 to avoid having to haul your luggage to your room, be advised that if you use valet parking once, they will charge you that rate for each day your car is parked. It doesn't matter whether or not you ever use valet again. So what we thought was an extra $14 turned out to be an extra $56 because we were there for 4 nights.
Holiday stay at the Embassyfrom HWlovesmaui
Only if you have childrenfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Oddly, the other problem I encountered was the pervasive odor of cigarette smoke throughtout the lobby, breakfast area, bar, etc. An odd combo with so many children, but indeed, we saw plenty of smokers puffing away admist the screaming tots.
The room seemed in good repair. One bulb in a lamp was burnt out and I called housekeeping. They sent someone up quickly with a bulb. However, the fellow just handed it to me, and did not even ask if he could replace it. I had to unplug the lamp, take it off a table and fool around with it to replace the bulb. This should have been the task of a hotel employee.
Parking is very costly, and we ended up using a cab most of the time anyhow. If no one in your travling party is under 18, then I would suggest you book elsewhere.
Top Local Tips for Chicago
Save $ on Family Meals Chicago has a lot of great takeout and gourmet groceries. Instead of putting up with hotel restaurant food, grab takeout from a good food court like Water Tower Place or get a fantastic gourmet meal from Fox & Obel's (For example, Ahi Tuna and Golden Beet salad for Mom and Dad; Potstickers for the kids; a bottle of wine and great bakery treats for dessert.) Better than room service for half the price.
Cirque Shanghi This was a great show. Bought the 19.50 tickets online prior to trip, got seats in 4th row, pretty awesome. Do the night time show for the lighting.
Millenium Park If you're like us and just arrived from Europe so you're getting up very early, go to Millenium Park early in the morning, before anyone else. You'll get to see your reflection in The Bean more or less on your own - great for photographs. Also the Crown Fountain gets very crowded later in the day but it's fun to have it all to yourself.
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- Address: 511 North Columbus Drive - Chicago - Illinois - 60611 - United States
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