The James Chicago - Magnificent Mile

55 East Ontario, Chicago, Illinois, 60611, United States | 5 star hotel
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Breakfast and Art

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When traveling, we like to enjoy local spots, and try to avoid 'tourist' ones. Usually the food quality is quite good, and it is also usually affordable. Today was an exception, we ate a a place called 'Yolk" mostly because it was adjacent to the park and museum we planned to visit
What a great surprise! The spot was definitely touristy, but …

Re: Concert time

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At beautiful Millennium park- a violin concerto, PJ 'appropriated' a
seat in the reserved section!

A Four Hour Tour....

A travel blog entry by tjandpj

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Today we took a bike tour, it was fabulous! What a great way to see the city. Getting fitted for helmets and bikes was kind of a hassle, but once we got going, it was all good. We had a great guide, and he had a good sense of humor and was a good storyteller.

We saw Lincoln Park, the Zoo, the Beach, and the Navy Pier, among other sights …

Three down...fifteen to go (flights that is)

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... on this dinner. This is not my first fine dining experience of one of the world's top restaurants, so I was worried that you can have too much of a good thing.

Maybe as far as molecular gastronomy is concerned you can only lose your virginity once. But that doesn't mean you can never enjoy the experience again, should it? But by the time it was obvious the courses had moved into the area of dessert I was rather annoyed. I wanted ...

I hate Alitalia

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... been unaware of a thunderstorm that had shut down an entire airport for hours.
When I get home, I will write a formal letter to them with the help of my family's lawyer, because this situation is unbearable.

On a final note, I have no idea if I will find my luggage when I get back home, and therefore I had to buy something to change into. More money spent that no one will give back to me.

Now, off to the airport once again! Stay tuned!

Paola.
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This 5 star hotel, located in the Magnificent Mile/River North area of Chicago, is near Magnificent Mile, Niketown, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale's Home + Furniture.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews The James Chicago - Magnificent Mile

    A pleasant and upbeat experience

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    The location of this hotel was great. All the shopping you could want was a block away, with excellant food equally as close. Dispite having just bought a new mattress for my home bed, the bed and the bedding was heavenly. The staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. I want a T.V. at home that was like the one in my room. We had a great time for our first time in Chicago.

    James was OK, but not fantastic

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    i just returned from a four night stay at the James. My teenage daughter and I went for a girls' weekend. First of all, the James is very nice, don't get me wrong. And, we paid less than $300 per night for our room, so we definitely got a good deal. There are just so many things they need to work on, none of which are major, but they do add up.

    Great Hotel, Great Location

    from

    I booked a hotel through hot wire and ended upt at the Tremont Hotel. Upon arrival the hotel had been over booked and they sent us to The James and refunded our payment. What a pleasant upgrade!! My opinion may be a bit skewed as the Tremont is not very nice at all but I thought The James was wonderful. Very trendy and modern. The staff was very helpfull. The 42 inch plasma TV in the room was perfect. The bed was a dream. Very clean lines and pleasant atmosphere. Never wanted to leave!

    Delightful hotel

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    I just got back from a weekend stay at the James hotel, where I stayed with 4 other girlfriends of mine for a girls' weekend trip. This hotel was absolutely lovely and a delight. From the moment we were walking in the door, the staff and customer service was the best I have ever received at a hotel. The doorstaff, especially, went above and beyond to always be pleasant and friendly and just overall provided an exceptional customer service level. The room itself was perfect for 5 girls. The bathroom door, which was a sliding door, did break but the friendly maintenance person came immediately and fixed it. The elevators are very small in this hotel, but they are quick so you are not waiting forever. The contemporary decorations and design of the hotel are well maintained. As for location, I don't think it could be beat. The hotel sits 1 block away from Magnificent Mile and everything was within walking distance. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Chicago.

    Great hotel find and location

    from

    The James Hotel is a nice find in the Chicago hotel landscape. Very friendly staff and helpful with directions and recommendations for places to go. Rooms are small - reflective of the renovation of the previous very old hotel - but nicely furnished. Loved the bed and 52" TV. Would definitely stay again. Close to Michigan Ave & River North area, right off of Rush so location is fabulous! Did not eat dinner at the attached restaurant but had breakfast there. It was ok. Overall, a very pleasant experience.

    Okay if you don't mind walking in on total strangers

    from

    We had heard rave reviews of the James hotel, so we were looking forward to our trip. I had called to confirm my reservation a day before I arrived, and the information and dates the hotel clerk gave me were correct. However, when I arrived the next day, the desk clerk told me that my reservation was for August, 2 weeks away. There was no other reservation. The clerk said, "And you are staying with a Jane Smith?"* I told her I was not, and I had no idea who that was.

    Very Disappionted with The James

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    Just returned from the James Hotel after staying at the Park Hyatt. I have stayed at most Chicago Hotels: Pennisula, Four Seasons, The Ritz, Fairmont etc. Had heard a little about the James and the Primehouse at the James. We paid MORE for the room at the James then at any of the above mentioned hotels. What a disappoitment! The room we stayed in had 2 double beds. The toilet broke and overflowed, the tub didnt drain while showering and the HUGE bathroom door that was almost too heavy to close broke several times. The closet had no door but a curtain to close and no drawer space for clothes at all. The room was very small and non descript. Much like staying at an IKEA but without the color. Windows to outside terribly dirty and the elevators dirty and small. The staff however was top notch and exceptionally helpful and friendly. The room had a huge 52" plasma TV that was nice. There is NO way this hotel is 4 star yet. The room rate close to $500.00 a night was WAY of of line. We paid more here than any of the above mentioned hotels. The rate should have been about half of that.

    Absolutely Fantastic...

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    The James is an excellent addition to Chicago.The rooms were incredibly spacious and well laid out with a impressive attention to details.The bed was so comfortable I wish it was my bed at home!We randomly chose the James-not realising it was new-so I was expecting it to be a bit of a gamble but I was very impressed.The location is excellent-right next to good food and the magnificent mile.Which can be either a good or bad thing depending on the state of your credit card!The staff at the hotel were attentive and helpful-the concierge was fabulous at getting difficult dinner reservations.I was most impressed by the david burke steakhouse within the hotel-I was expecting just an average meal but what we got was one of the best meals of our entire vacation with attentive service and beautiful food.My boyfriend vistis Chicago for work and we wouldnt hesitate to stay at The James again-in fact we look forward to it!

    James Hotel is Tops

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    I have stayed at many hotels traveling for both business and pleasure and I can honestly stay that The James is tops. The service at the hotel is first class. The rooms are modern and very comfortable. The location is perfect within walking distance to all of the great sights and restaurants. Highly recommend to both business travellers and couples.

    Great Concept, great location

    from

    After reading about the James Hotel, our stay was everything I had expected. Beautiful decor. Like the W Hotel, but with a splash of color/whimsy & quaint & inimate...much better, I'd say. The rooms are small, but the layout was well thought out, so they appear bigger. Service was super attentive & location couldn't be beat, we walked to almost of of the hot restaurants in Chicago or jumped in a cab for five minutes or so.

    TripAdvisor Reviews The James Chicago - Magnificent Mile

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding