I chose the James from Expedia for a short break and booked the night before I arrived. When away on business I normally stay in a Raddisson, Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton etc etc and they all end up being pretty similar with at best pleasant staff, sometimes with a great restaurant to help pull in more room reservations. When on vacation I try for independant hotels and luckily I decided to try The James when visiting Chicago. Partly because of the deal I got and partly because of the reviews here.
I'm really glad I did as it definately rates as one of the best hotels I've stayed in. There was no one thing that defined this, it was more a combination of the extremely friendly and very helpful staff, the very cool public areas, large stylish bedroom, very high standard of cleanliness, amazingly comfortable bed, 42" plazma tv, stereo with a jack for my ipod, free internet, great location just off the mag mile which means its close to many attraction, shops bars etc.
I honestly can't understand some of the negative feedback, especially when it comes to comparing this hotel to a typical 3*. There is no way this could be viewed as a 3 *, the facilities, standard of room, well trained staff make it so much more than a Ramada, Holiday Inn or any other chain hotel. When booking, remember that this is a boutique hotel, which are in their nature, normally smaller but of a higher standard, offering a more personal service. I also can't understand how anyone can expect to pay less than $100 these days for such a high standard of room in the centre of a city like Chicago! Get real guys....
Opinions are personal and subjective but for what its worth, mine is that you can't really go wrong with The James.
- 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. Enjoy convenience at your fingertips with The James Hotels Mobile App and in-room tablet powered by KEYPR offering a seamless way to discover our amenities and services. Experience The James as a culinary destination with signature restaurant, Primehouse and the Primehouse Bar - a perfect spot to enjoy weekly happy hour specials or a full meal. 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 rotating artwork from local, national and international artists. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- James Chicago Hotel Chicago
- James Hotel Chicago
- Chicago James Hotel