There are so many great choices when it comes to hotels in Chicago, as a native Chicagoan, I have many favorites. When friends coming to visit are in the mood for a contemporary hotel with great customer service and unique amenities, I always suggest the James Hotel.
James in Chicago is located in a perfect spot for leisure and business travelers alike, one block west of Michigan Avenue (commonly referred to as "The Mag Mile") and a few blocks north of the business district "The Loop".
Dining + more.
Dining options are always on the top of my list when I am looking for places to stay and visit. David Burke's Primehouse (the steakhouse I most often recommend in Chicago) is located inside the James Hotel. Additionally, the bar at James is great, it is a low-key mix of smart travelers and sophisticated locals. Additionally, if you're looking for some late night entertainment, J Bar is also located on premise at the James.
The rooms are sexy yet comfortable. Though I am single, I can easily picture staying in the rooms with children. I most recently stayed in one of the Loft Suites - my suite had a media room with Bose surround sound and a projection DVD player and a huge couch / bed. My first thought was, "How fun would this room be for kids!" To curl up in that comfy room and watch movies all together - so cozy!
My loft suite also had a wet bar with a white, corian countertop, a dining area with contemporary furniture, large sofa in the sitting area (in addition to the one in the media room), a bed area that is separate from the sitting area, two televisions in addition to the media room (3 total). Oh... and I loved my alarm clock, I woke up to "sounds of nature".
Great towels, robes, and I loved the body soap / shampoo conditioner / lotion - a brand I had not previously heard of but will likely look for in stores. I did not visit the Gym or the Spa but the hotel has both. Quick note, the spa does not offer manicure / pedicure services, but they do offer in-room services for massages, etc.
Extras + Service.
I was very happy with the concierge service. I am a difficult person to please, I don't mean to be a jerk, it just happens sometimes. If I walk away happy, someone is really doing their job. I probably called the concierge and/or front desk 6 times within the first hour I was in my room. I needed a wine key, I couldn't figure out my phone, how late is the spa open, then I needed movies, then I didn't know how to use my projector....
Everything I needed was taken care of immediately. I even asked the concierge to help me make my movie selections because I couldn't make up my mind. They gleefully obliged and made great recommendations.
What's Important to Me.
I like hotels that are a reflection of my personality and I feel like this hotel is a great reflection of who I am and what I am looking for when I travel. I am a contemporary, urban professional and I like to walk into a place and see things that I would want to have (or do have) in my home. When I walked up to the elevators and saw a painting hanging from my favorite local artist (I also own one of his pieces), I was happy. When I walk into my suite and see a room that I would want to live in, I am happy.
All of this coupled with fantastic service, what more could one ask for? Meeting space? Oh, they have that too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An urban hub on the Magnificent Mile and one of Chicago's most celebrated boutique hotels, The James Chicago-Magnificent Mile is a sophisticated nod to Windy City culture. It continues to garner buzz and accolades through its casually sophisticated blend of warmly modern design, intuitive service and thoughtful touches such as complimentary Wi-Fi, early check-in and late check-out, local car service and triple-filtered water. Enjoy convenience at your fingertips with The James Hotels Mobile App and in-room tablet powered by KEYPR offering an intuitive way to discover our amenities and services. Experience The James as a culinary destination with signature restaurant, Primehouse - named #1 Steakhouse in Chicago, Primehouse Bar, a perfect spot to enjoy weekly happy hour specials or a full meal, and The Patio, a seasonal alfresco dining spot. Also featured at The James is The Gym, open 24-hours, The Spa by ASHA, 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, as well as seasonally rotating artwork from local and international artists. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- James Chicago Hotel Chicago
- James Hotel Chicago
- Chicago James Hotel