The James Chicago - Magnificent Mile

55 E. Ontario, Chicago, IL, USA
River North

Action Bar

18.5
Rating

We select, you rate. Ratings are on a 20-point scale, and they're based on feedback from verified Tablet guests. If a hotel's rating falls below 15, it's gone — so your post-stay review is actually our most important quality-control tool.

Ratings Breakdown

  • Rooms18.5
  • Public Spaces18
  • Service18.5
  • Overall18.5
138
Reviews
291 Favorite this hotel — to remember it, to save it to your wish list, or simply to express yourself

Hotel Description

Something richer than the average boutique, and more stylish than the typical luxury hotel — that’s the idea behind the James Chicago — Magnificent Mile. The flagship in what’s to be a new chain, the James, it must be said, is a highly polished affair. The look is significantly more dressed-up than one might expect in a town which, despite its architectural pedigree, draws a large share of its travelers from Middle America. The rooms are swanky, in a restrained way, furnished with familiar designer pieces and rescued from the edge of minimalist boredom by an edge of decadence — vast TV screens, rich fabrics, top-flight entertainment centers and lush modern spa-style bathrooms.

A steakhouse is just about as quintessentially Chicagoan as a restaurant can get — the James features David Burke’s Primehouse, serving Kentucky-raised beef, dry-aged on the premises, alongside a cocktail-driven drinks program. There’s a small spa downstairs, and an extensive fitness center, the latter down to the fact that one of the James’s founding partners also founded the Equinox fitness clubs. And no urban design hotel would be caught dead without something like the Patio, a stylish and al fresco cocktail lounge where hotel guests mix with some of the more discerning locals.

How to get there: The James is located a few blocks from the Grand Ave. station on the Red "L" line or a 40-minute drive from Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Valet parking is available at an additional cost of $60 per night (in/out privileges). Pet policy: One-time non refundable fee of $75.

Read more Hide Details

Hotel Criteria

  • 297 Rooms
  • Style: Modern Design
  • Atmosphere: Happening

Map

  • What I liked:

    What the hotel could do better:

    Guest

Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • 24 hour room service
  • ATM/bank office
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Luggage storage
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)

Need to Know

Pets are allowed on request although charges apply.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

Hotel Booking Widget

This hotel is going through our quality control re-assessment. In the meantime, we recommend the great hotels below.

Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • 24 hour room service
  • ATM/bank office
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Luggage storage
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)

Need to Know

Pets are allowed on request although charges apply.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

Map