I'm so glad we booked this hotel for our weekend! Upon arrival I was immediately pleased with our choice. Alex at the desk checked us in and we were upgraded to a studio room, (I booked through expedia). He was very friendly and knowledgable about the hotel. In fact every member of the staff we encountered was not only helpful but also genuinely friendly. Anyone can be polite, but everyone we interacted with seemed like they really did enjoy their job and were more than happy to help.
Our room was lovely, intelligently designed and a great use of space throughout. The bed was really very comfortable and though we didn't take advantage of this perk, there was a note in the room that offered a few different types of pillows that you could try. I slept so well, and that is rare for me when I'm traveling.
The bathroom is a good size and I personally really appreciated the lit magnified mirror. The tub was not so comfortable for soaking but that's ok. The shower head provided a nice soak and the water pressure was pretty good. I really liked that this hotel uses full size communal shampoo, conditioner and body wash; so much less waste and if you are staying for multiple days it means you don't have to bring those items with you.
I didn't get a chance to use the hotel's spa, but in the brochure they offered a wide range of services. If our trip had been longer I would have loved a massage.
I really liked the gym as well, they had a variety of equipment and everything was clean and well organized. I had a good workout and it was a good way to start the day.
As we were leaving, one of the guys at the door was nice enough to give us a ride to the train station in the hotel's car service. I wish I could remember his name because he was super nice and friendly, plus he saved us a cab ride. I kind of forgot that the hotel offered this service; we will definitely take advantage of it more next time.
Which brings me to my next point: We will absolutely stay here again, repeatedly, and so should you.
- 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