I've stayed at the James before and love the property for many of the reasons that many commentators have mentioned: Great location, clean, simple rooms that are stylish without being cheese ball, simplicity that is not spartan, extremely personable staff (whatever the management does at The James to keep their staff so pleasant should be immediately replicated by every consumer-facing company), fair rates, and so on.
A few things I want to note about this hotel that I love and I wish more properties would follow suit on: 2 PM standard check out (this is logical as no property needs 6 hours to completely flip), light dimmers on all the lights in rooms (again, a small gesture that goes a long way), supplemental heat (in Chicago in January some mixed heat sources is welcome), nightly turndown service on even basic rooms (nice to get fresh towels, etc), free wifi (obviously), not an avalanche of signage, post-its and brochures cluttering up the guest space (If you've ever been near a W you know their is a sign for everything...'oh a wastebasket?, wow thanks for telling me!').
I think The James used to have Kiehl's products which I miss (the new stuff is fine, just, eh), but this is a very minor quibble. I know the industry trend is toward pumps in the shower mounted to the wall, but despite the environmental friendliness factor, I just can't get behind this.
All said: Easily my favorite hotel in Chicago given price, location and the friendliness of the staff. Food is solid at DB as well.
- 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 locally-inspired, seasonal dishes - morning, noon and night at The James Kitchen + Bar. 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