This was our first time to Chicago, having been to New York for 10 years running. Always difficult going somewhere new, have we booked the right hotel, have we got the location right .... answer to both questions, Yes.
The James is modern and simplistic, a hop and skip to the Magnificent Mile and an easy walk to most of the 'sites'.
Our room was on the top floor, not big, but everything we needed, the drawers were under a bench which took us a while to find, and the sliding door to the bathroom/wardrobe area was a bit stiff and heavy.
Only a couple of niggling complaints, if you can call them complaints, only two sachets of instant coffee (neither decaf) and two tea ... it's rare these days in top class hotels not to have a coffee machine .. just an idea. We didn't get turn down service for two nights and the first night we arrived the housekeeping wanted to do a turn down service when we had only been in the room a couple of hours.
FREE WI FI .... hurrah for the James.
Had breakfast in the restaurant, although there is a Grand de Luxe Cafe, or something like that, nearby, cash only and no reservations.
We found the portions huge, but the food was good, lots of variety and apart from the coffee which was dreadful (there is a Starbucks over the road) ..... reasonably priced.
So, I would recommend the James, for its position, the friendly staff and because it's modern, if you want traditional this won't suit.
Tourist tip ... take an architectural boat trip, we used The First Lady, 90 minutes, very informative and a good way to see some fabulous art deco buildings.
- 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