Contemporary, Chic, Elegant

A modern twist on a classic location.

In its heyday, the James Madison Hotel had more than a few stories written its spacious halls. From soirees in the grand ballroom to rising stars in residence. Newly reworked and renamed The James is seeking new characters for the next chapter. Thanks to a plum location, you can leave the lobby at 5:45 for a 6PM reservation at The 219. Take in a show at Chrysler Hall or take a short stroll to the Harrison Opera House. Raise a glass at Byrd and Baldwin or watch it being made at the Glass Studio. If you’re bored with your life and times in the suburbs, The James could be just your type.

Your Story Unfolds With a Signature.

We’ve spared no expense bringing back the glamour to The James. We know that while you appreciate the vintage look of the building, you’ll value the upgraded windows, double thick floors and well-insulated walls. Dining in? Whip up a masterpiece in your gourmet kitchen that’s been outfitted with luxurious finishes. Even the well-heeled go au natural when the floors are soft and warm under foot. With floor plans ranging from cozy studio (perfect for a city escape) to the sweet penthouse suite, The James is the perfect match.
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Plot your Next Move.

The James has always sparkled against the Norfolk skyline, but the renovation and remodel has taken it into the stratosphere. Spacious apartments are flooded with light, no expense spared in finishes and the kind of amenities you’d expect when you take up residence in a former luxury hotel. On-site concierge service, private elevators to the penthouse, in house fitness studio and upscale retail space. You’re in the heart of Downtown so everything you might want or need is just steps away. Relax, you live at The James.
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Welcome, Lovers of Food and Art.

Living in Downtown Norfolk means that no matter which way you turn, you’ll find something to entertain your spirit, soothe your mind or fill your belly. Tuck into the innovative and eclectic menu of Field Guide or keep things light at Bite. Marvel over mixers at Todd Jurich’s or melt into a plate of mushroom toast at Luce. Rock the floor at the NorVa or take advantage of the sizzling musical line-up at Chrysler Hall. Norfolk is a city that buzzes with energy and passion, and is delightfully rich in culture. Look no further, you found The James.
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