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A Hotel Maven's Featured Review: The James Chicago

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  Site Where: 55 East Ontario [map], Chicago, il, United States, 60610
March 6, 2008 at 1:28 PM | by | ()

We always appreciate it when Hotel Mavens send us reviews of their recent hotel stays but when a Hotel Maven writes in a review and drops in pictures to the HotelChatter Flickr Pool, well that's a near-perfect storm for us. (Perfect=Plus Video.)

That's what Hotel Maven Jasmine did for us about her stay at the James Hotel Chicago back in January.

$159 got me a night in a double room at The James, thanks to a promotion via Travel Zoo. It would have been $129, but there were three of us scheduled to have a girls' night in when I booked. A friend ended up getting sick, so it was just me and another gal pal for a chill night of watching our 42" plasma screen tv, marvelling over the threadcount, and fighting over who got the Kiehl's products (I won).

The review continues, with pictures, after the jump.

More of Jasmine's Pics

Didn't get a chance to eat at David Burke's Primehouse -- it being a Friday during Lent, we made for the seafood at Joe's Stone Crab, a mere two blocks away. We returned from dinner to find that we'd been treated to turndown service. I'm not used to staying at nice boutique hotels, so I was excited to find the stereo playing softly, robes and slippers laid out, the lights dimmed, and a dish of pralines to munch before falling asleep in those awesomely cushy beds.

Rooms usually go for $200+, and I have to say I'd come back at that rate (or less, of course) if I wanted to treat myself. We were in the middle of the city, but the room was quiet and tranquil. The staff was friendly. I didn't get a chance to see how response times were, as I didn't ask for extra towels (though I was tempted to ask for extra Kiehl's body wash to take home). The desk and lobby staff were friendly and professional.

My only complaint, and it's a minor one at that, was that there was no placard by the elevator bank indicating in which direction we should go to find our room. It only took a few steps in one direction, though, to figure out I needed to walk the other way. I look forward to future stays.

Thanks Jasmine!

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