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The James Chicago
Ranked #40 of 185 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Houston, Texas
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40 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Absolutely Perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2012

The conference location hotel was sold out...what great luck!!! The James was by far a much better place to stay, and the walk each day to/from conference was great. I know this sounds like a repeat, but it is absolutely true...the 5 star experience at The James begins the second the taxi arrives at the front door and continues until the taxi door closes for departure. And to top it off, there is plenty of food, shopping, entertainment and photo opportunities within walking distance.

Room Tip: higher floor was quiet and spacious
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Guelph, Canada
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33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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133 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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978 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 422 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2012 via mobile

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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Urbana, Illinois
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104 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank claudine88
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Additional Information about The James Chicago

Property: The James Chicago
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
#28 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#33 Family Hotel in Chicago
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,466 - ₹ 27,787
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The James Chicago 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 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. 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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