Hotels Series: The James
Once upon a time a bunch of clients showed up asking questions about hotels and we didn't know all the answers. Here's a dramatic reenactment:
“What hotels are nearby?”
“How far away is it?”
“What are their price points?”
“Do they have room blocks?”
“Let me check on that for you.”
We hate not knowing all the answers, so we decided to change things. We set out on a little adventure on the streets of Chicago, via horse drawn carriage, and received information from a few hotels for our clients! And by horse drawn carriage, we mean Uber and Lyft… we were just trying to sound fancy.
One of our hotels on the day trip was The James, a boutique hotel on the corner of Rush and Ontario in the heart of downtown Chicago. The first thing we noticed when we walked in the door was the impeccable hospitality of the doorman, Lucas. He offered us a bottle of water right away while we waited for our lovely tour guides, Erin and Rachael, to meet us in the lobby.
From there, we started the tour. One of the first things I noticed was the stacked antique luggage art piece in the lobby. We learned this is one of the most popular photo ops in the hotel, and it is absolutely gorgeous!
Then, we toured some of the guest rooms. The James employs a unique naming convention for their rooms, calling them not by their bed sizes but by styles: studios, lofts, apartments, and penthouse lofts. No matter which style you choose, the bathrooms can accommodate an elaborate bridal gown, and they all feature a wardrobe too! Additionally, each room comes equipped with a lovely full bar.
Their penthouse loft room is plenty big for a bridal party! It features dark hardwood flooring, comfy couches, a HUGE bathroom, and a dining area.
Following our tour, the hospitality level increased even more and we wined and dined at their restaurant with Erin Hertzel, their Special Events Manager, Rachael Ballas, their Group Sales Manager, and Dan Wheeler, their National Sales Director. Their restaurant, David Burke’s Steakhouse, is perfect for the day after brunch or for casual dining. The service and meal were fantastic!
Another benefit about using The James as the hotel for your room blocks: They only have attrition after 10 rooms, and only on the rooms you do not use. If you're not familiar, many hotels charge a fee for rooms you block off, but The James's policy is liberal and forgiving.
Time to talk pricing. Currently the rooms range from $200 up to $1000 a night. Obviously, the $1000 is for the penthouse… This is also Chicago’s peak season, so the rates are very reasonable.
Overall, it was a lovely experience. From the tour, to the people, to the food, it was just too amazing. If you would like more information about The James, please feel free to reach out. We hope this article will lead you into the right direction, and stay tuned for more info on Chicago hotels! ;)