James' Hotel! is a magazine story.
James boasts that he is taking some visitors, but when he breaks down outside the hotel, Thomas takes them instead. James' crew works hard to mend him, but it takes longer than expected and they have to stay in the hotel for the night whilst James stays outside in the rain. James gets fixed in time to take the visitors to the harbour, but when he returns to the shed, the other engines tease him about his experience.