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The James Chicago-Magnificent Mile
Ranked #46 of 191 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 June 2012

We lucked into the James Hotel through Hotwire, and were absolutely delighted by the amenities. Its location is very convenient - only a block from Michigan Ave, and a short walk to the River and the Loop. The rooms were luxurious and spacious. Extremely comfortable beds (with nightly turn-down service), a nice little computer/work nook in the corner, iPod-capable alarm clock and stereo, and a sizeable washroom. The hotel includes free WiFi, which worked very well. A little gem that I discovered, upon asking the concierge for directions to somewhere that served Intelligentsia Coffee (a great local roaster), is that you can get free Intelligentsia Coffee from the host station at the hotel restaurant!

Room Tip: The windows are well-insulated, so construction noise from outside doesn't enter the room.
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

Location is great, obviously, only two blocks from shopping area.Staff very friendly and helpful. Cannot say anything about room service (I hadn't a menu in my room, so I did not bother to order). Gym good, didn't use spa. Room average and standard (they seem to be inspired by W Hotels' design, even the content of the minibar....). What I didn't like in my room (number 914): small moldy corners in the bathroom; dirty window sills (guano); open wardrobe (you have the ironing plank openly in the room); fancy Sony alarm clock (iPod dock worked, but it 'lost' the right time continuously, hence wrong wake-up alarm in the morning). What I liked: good bed.
Summary: good choice. There are better and worse possibilities, but you don't do anything wrong going here.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

I just loved The James. A good location and good facilities including a great steak restaurant adjacent. We had a suite complete with a media room which was great for chilling. I don't often visit Chicago but when I'm next there this is the place I'll head for.

Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

It was our second stay in this hotel, and like the first time, we were not disappointed! The rooms are great, the beds are perfect, the concierges are extremely helpful. If there was one thing i would change is the soap (mint) in the bathroom, which i found a bit aggressive for tender skin! We enjoyed great cocktails in the bar. We will be back!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

When we arrived we discovered that the contact centre had sold us a suite but booked us into an Exec room. The receptionist took all of this in her stride and resolve it painlessly and everything was great from there. We slept well in the comfy bed, enjoyed cocktails and inventive, high-end appetizers in the bar and took advantage of the business centre too. The most notable point of the James for me is the staff. Everyone, the conceirge, housekeeping, reception and valets were friendly, helpful and charming making this a delightful place to stay.

If you want a good central location and want the convenience of a big hotel without the facelessness book the James.

Room Tip: the hotel has an internal courtyard; these rooms are really quiet.
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The James Chicago-Magnificent Mile

Address: 55 East Ontario, Corner of Rush and Ontario, Chicago, IL 60611-2727
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Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#15 Spa Hotel in Chicago
#26 Business Hotel in Chicago
#30 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#33 Family Hotel in Chicago
Price Range: ₹ 11,546 - ₹ 32,445 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The James Chicago-Magnificent Mile 4.5*
Number of rooms: 297
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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