I very much enjoyed the James Hotel, especially since I got a rate of $169 through TravelZoo for a Deluxe Queen room.
Check in was very quick and very professional. I had a room on the 16th floor, facing Ontario Street. I never, however, heard any street noise, or any noise, really. The room was very quiet. The room was very large, with room for a large chair and ottoman and a small table and bench/sofa, in addition to the queen size. bed.
The decor was white, white, with more white, which I wasn't totally crazy about, but it wasn't too distracting.
Free wi-fi everywhere in the hotel, and the room had an ipod docking station, or whatever those things are called... There was a very well stocked mini bar, as well as full bottles and a cocktail shaker for fixing more than one or two drinks.
The bed was very, very comfortable, the TV was great, and the clock in the room was one of the kind that projects the time on the ceiling.
Turn down service provided a cookie and placed the robe and slippers on the bed.
There is a steakhouse in the hotel that serves breakfast and lunch as well as dinner. I didn't have the opportunity to dine there, but it was always very crowded. Check elsewhere for reviews.
The location is two blocks west of Michigan Avenue and all its shopping. A few blocks farther east is Lake Michigan; great for a walk during warmer months (not so much in the middle of winter). The famous Pizzeria Due is down the street, and Trader Joe's is across the street if you want to pick up some things to have in the room to munch on.
All in all, a great stay! I would definitely return, and highly recommend it to all.
- 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 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