River North

The James Chicago

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Art-filled boutique hotel one block from Magnificent Mile shopping
  • Guest rooms feature 48-inch smart TVs, free Wi-Fi and welcome amenities for kids
  • Lounge by the fireplace in the newly renovated lobby
  • There are free bikes to borrow and local car service to the Loop

"One of Chicago's top luxury hotels" -- Oyster.com
Enjoyed This
(191 Member Ratings)
"Location, morning coffe in the lobby, people was very kind"
Feb 10, 2018
Ciudad de México, Mexico

Map & Directions

It’s 30 minutes by taxi from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to the hotel. A taxi is approximately $40-$45. Valet parking is available for those arriving by car (extra charge applies).

Rooms & Rates

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With a mid-century modern vibe full of fun amenities and high-tech perks, The James is as cool as it looks and certainly earns its spot on Conde Nast Traveler's list of the Best Hotels in Chicago. Despite being super chic, the hotel is also surprisingly family-friendly -- kids are supplied with a welcome kit and milk and cookies at turndown. 

Guest rooms are bright, surprisingly spacious and a minimalist’s dream, decorated in white and wood-grain accents. Many rooms also have dining nooks with a sofa and a table. Our favorite are the family-friendly suites, with a separate media area featuring a DVD player and projector TV to entertain the kids.

Clever room layouts ensure bathrooms are large, and the James is the only Chicago hotel to feature the KEYPR in-room concierge tablet system in every room -- you can arrange a wake-up call, order ice or request extra towels just by tapping the touch-screen.

Rooms include electric kettles with Starbucks Via coffee as well as pantries featuring snacks and a variety of drink options. This part of the city can get noisy, but rooms facing the interior courtyard get a quieter stay.  

The James Kitchen + Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily along with craft beers and cocktails. The hotel has an expansive 24-hour fitness center and a full-service spa, which includes an aromatherapy foot bath with each service. There's also a car service that can take you around the Loop and River North, and pets are welcome (though an extra charge does apply).

From the press:
  • "The surroundings are gorgeous ... suites feel straight out of a design magazine photo shoot" -- Frommer's
  • "This trendy boutique hotel has a prime location and comfortable, contemporary rooms" -- Fodor’s
  • "[This] sleek downtown hotel-residence attracts style-conscious travelers with its emphasis on extras" -- Conde Nast Traveler



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station
  • Video games on request


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Pack 'n Play available on request (and based on availability), free of charge for one child age 18 months and under. Extra bed available on request (and based on availability), for one child or one adult.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged $75.00 (subject to tax) per stay (non-refundable). Charges will be applied by hotel.

Fees: A Hotel Facilities Fee of $17.55 (including tax) per day applies and will be added to your bill at the hotel.

This fee includes:

  • A $10 daily food and drink credit to James Kitchen + Bar*
  • James Club amenities including daily coffee and tea and a wine reception with light fare 
  • Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel
  • 24/7 Concierge services
  • Overnight shoeshine
  • Magazines and newspapers available
  • Unlimited local and long distance phone calls
  • In-room coffee and tea offerings
*Must be redeemed daily, credit may not be rolled over.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: A Valet Parking Fee of $65.00 (subject to tax), per day applies and will be added to your bill at the hotel. In and out privileges included. Oversize vehicles not allowed. This rate is subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(191 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for James Hotel Chicago (Denihan Hospitality) over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Decorations and friendl staff
Feb 13, 2018 Lezxington, KY, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location, morning coffe in the lobby, people was very kind
Maria Feb 10, 2018 Ciudad de México, Mexico
Enjoyed Most
staff was very welcoming - perhaps the fastest check in and check out i have ever had
Other Comments
staff was very welcoming - perhaps the fastest check in and check out i have ever had
don Feb 08, 2018 Dundee, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
The spacious rooms, water pressure in the shower was fantastic! Location location location
Samantha Feb 05, 2018 Portland, OR, USA
Enjoyed Most
Clean, nicely appointed furnishings, friendly staff.
Erin Feb 05, 2018 Champaign, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff, location, room and amenities were all fantastic!!
Amy Feb 05, 2018 East Lansing, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Great location and extremely comfortable in so many ways—staff, room size, super comfy beds, fast elevators, super welcoming and warm ambience.
Other Comments
Many amenities for kids; no pool but so much else to do you don’t miss one.
Audrey Feb 05, 2018 Indianapolis, IN, USA
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff and homey atmosphere :-)
Jennifer Feb 05, 2018 Windsor, ON, Canada
Enjoyed Most
location, modern design, staff was excellent
Other Comments
close to everywhere in downtown Chicago
Karen Jan 31, 2018 Platte City, MO, USA
Enjoyed Most
large room and great staff
Gary Jan 29, 2018 Naperville, IL, USA

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