Me and my boyfriend stayed at the James May 2008 whilst visiting Chicago and found the hotel very pleasant. I am a bif fan of modern boutique hotels and this was just that. It was trendy, not too big, not too small and in a great location.
The rooms are modern, a good size and clean. The only downside is theres not much of a view but you are in a big city so not many picturesque views around here!
We used the gym a couple of times which was well equipped and there was also great internet access in the lobby. The staff were also very helpful.
We ate in the David Burkes steakhouse one night and the food was fantastic, however on the pricey side so maybe for a special occasion. We then went to J bar which was very good music and got packed fairly quickly. I would also recommend drinks at the top of the hancock tower. Fantastic views of Chicago. We also went up the sears tower in the daylight which is worth a visit. One thing you must do whilst in Chicago is go to a Cubs baseball game. We had such a great time!
I would definetely stay at the James hotel again. Great overall stay.