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The James Chicago

The James Chicago Rating: 4.5 Pearls

The James is one of Chicago's top luxury hotels, and is located in River North, a block from the Magnificent Mile. The public spaces are modern and sometimes quirky, while the 297 rooms are crisp and clean. They're minimally decorated without being stark, and some have clever design to maximize space, as well as big flat-screen TVs, impressively stocked minibars, and comfortable beds. Bathrooms are modern and minimalist too, but not all have tubs and some are on the small side. In addition to a well-equipped fitness room, the James also has two art galleries along with art and sculpture present throughout the lobby. The hotel is also home to the excellent restaurant, David Burke's Primehouse, and the Primehouse Bar. Appealing hotel extras include a free car service, which can come in handy as parking is quite pricey.
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago Rating: 4.5 Pearls

The 346-room Four Seasons Chicago is located on floors 32 to 46 of a limestone-and-glass skyscraper along the Magnificent Mile, atop an upscale shopping center. The hotel boasts a gorgeous indoor pool with a skylight and great views, an expansive spa and fitness center with modern machines, and a restaurant helmed by Michelin-star Executive Chef Kevin Hickey. Guest rooms boast phenomenal views, and were updated in 2012 with modern decor and art fixtures. It's one of the city's nicest hotels, and the location near the historic Water Tower and the Hancock Observatory can't be beat. But bathrooms -- most with shower/tub combos rather than separate walk-in showers and soaking tubs --are a tad less luxurious than you'd expect in this price range (though still lovely).
MileNorth, A Chicago Hotel

MileNorth, A Chicago Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Located half a block from the famed Magnificent Mile, luxury boutique hotel MileNorth strives to give guests a modern, home-away-from-home experience that contrasts with the ornate, Gilded-Age sensibility of many other area hotels. With a cozy, living-room-style lobby whose cafe serves Starbucks, as well as a rooftop lounge with sweeping views of the city, the MileNorth can be both relaxed and trendy at the same time. The rooms are spacious for the neighborhood and price, with a unique bi-level configuration and all the requisite modern amenities, including flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. There is in-room Wi-Fi and a well-stocked 24-hour gym, both of which are covered by a daily resort fee that is automatically tacked on to your rate. Still, this modern hotel is a good deal in a prime location.
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Designed as a downtown convention hub, the upscale Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, with its massive event facilities, caters to business travelers and big groups staying for weddings or conferences. The rooms are large and business-friendly, with desks and work space, but the Wi-Fi isn't free. On-site restaurants, bars, a cafe, indoor pool, and even a full service FedEx office make it possible to attend an event and never set foot outside the hotel. But other guests can get lost in the shuffle among the events and the endless blocks of reserved rooms. With 1,214 rooms over 34 floors, housekeeping struggles to keep up. Families or couples looking for the conveniences of a big chain hotel from which to explore Chicago have better options, such as the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile or the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.
River Hotel

River Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The midrange, 243-room River Hotel shares a building (and small, stately lobby) with the members-only Club Quarters hotel. Rooms are on the small side, but they're clean and modern, and some come with kitchenettes. The hotel is, as you might have guessed, right on the Chicago River on the northern edge of the Loop; rates are among the most affordable you'll find in this tourist-centric location.
Central Loop Hotel

Central Loop Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls

This midrange hotel, which shares a building with the members-only Club Quarters Central Loop Hotel, is a solid value in the center of The Loop, within walking distance of many tourist attractions. Rooms are small and a little generic, but modern, with flat-screen TVs and comfy beds (some come with kitchenettes). Nice freebies (coffee, newspapers, Wi-Fi) and the lively on-site gastropub are highlights, but don't expect too much in the way of service; with an electronic check-in and concierge services shared by both hotels, the hotel can give off a "do-it-yourself" attitude.
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North is a stylish, upper-mid-range hotel in the heart of downtown, perched atop the Chicago Sun-Times building. Its peculiar position means that guests have to go through two different lobbies, but the upside is incredible city views from the upper floors that the hotel occupies. The rooms are all large, and most have been renovated, although some still have loud, aging air conditioners. It's an ideal spot for guests attending events at the Merchandise Mart, or for tourists who want to be near the downtown Loop at a reasonable price. For even more budget-conscious travelers looking to avoid steep valet fees, the nearby Best Western Plus River North Hotel has free parking but can't compare with this landmark location's amenities.
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This 357-room hotel two blocks from the Magnificent Mile has big (if generic) rooms for the price, plus an attractive (albeit small) indoor pool area and a bright, well-equipped fitness center. Mini-fridges and microwaves make it easy to save money on food, and the hotel offers solid freebies — free Wi-Fi and free afternoon cookies. But parking fees are steep, and room service is only available for dinner.
Best Western Plus River North Hotel

Best Western Plus River North Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls

The Best Western River North is a mid-range hotel for the budget-conscious business traveler in the center of Chicago's trendy River North neighborhood. It's on a touristy block surrounded by high-rise loft condos and theme restaurants. The rooms are clean, but 2011 renovations are already wearing thin, and the hotel needs an overall update. The hotel provides amenities to business travelers, with ergonomic work chairs (and free Wi-Fi), but lacks the on-site breakfast comparable hotels offer. Low rates and free parking, a rarity in Chicago, make this a good choice for travelers who want to stay near the Magnificent Mile, but the worn carpets and overpowering scent of cleaning products in the hallways might turn away others. The nearby Hampton Inn & Suites trades free parking for a less appealing free breakfast but significantly more updated decor.


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