Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown
What We Love
- The location at the heart of the Loop, Chicago’s high-powered business district
- The silver-tone decor is contemporary and chic without being overassertive
- The inventive cocktail list at the Adamus bar and restaurant
What To Know
- WiFi is free
- There’s a well-equipped fitness center on-site
- There’s a lot of function space, so expect to bump into business meetings
- Valet parking is $59 per night
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Housed in a head-turning Art Deco building at the heart of the city, this newly renovated downtown player helps you stay in the loop without feeling as if you’re in a business hotel. The 144 guestrooms are a pleasing marriage of historic and contemporary, with soaring 12-foot ceilings, original Art Deco details and furnishings that riff on the building’s heritage without resorting to pastiche. We’re talking Danish Modern–style desks, padded headboards and chrome lamps. True to its name, the Silversmith favors a metallic palette, with subtle silver accents showing up everywhere from chairs to carpets to mirror frames, along with the occasional splash of color in the form of a lipstick-pink chaise or a brightly hued feature wall. Picking up the Gilded Age theme (or is that Silver Age?) is the Adamus bar and restaurant, which features elegant black and white columns, Deco chandeliers and glossy surfaces that gleam with silver, from the floors to the chair backs. Settle in with one of the mixologist’s special cocktails, like the Blueberry Gin Fizz or the Wolf of Wabash, and toast the Windy City’s new gilded age.
In the Area
Literally steps from the hotel is one of Chicago’s most often photographed attractions, artist Anish Kapoor’s sculpture Cloud Gate (colloquially known as “the Bean”) in Millennium Park, the city’s favorite green space. Fill up your Instagram feed with wacky photos taken in its hyperreflective surface before checking out some of the park’s other public artworks. From April to October you can experience another of Chicago’s iconic attractions, Wrigley Field, the famous ballpark that’s home to the Chicago Cubs. If the city’s legendary architecture and design are more your jam, sign up for a docent-guided tour with Chicago Architecture Foundation. Tours take place on buses, boats and foot, and visitors can even narrow it down by their favorite architect: Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan or Mies van der Rohe. Don’t leave town without joining the debate over the best kind of pizza: New York–style thin crust or Chicago deep dish. The latter can be sampled at many joints around town, but a lot of folks swear by the pie at Lou Malnati’s, a chain so popular there are now more than 40 locations around town — including South Loop, so you can grab a slice for the walk back to the hotel.
How to Get There
I'm conflicted about my recent stay @ The Silversmith Hotel. It's an intimate option in a great location offering comfortable, well-appointed rooms, and the staff is uniformly friendly. The room rates are competitive, and the overall experience is better than you'd get in a larger property.
Still, our rooms were never cleaned in a timely manner. Each day of our recent stay we'd leave the hotel by 9A, and when we'd come back around 4P after a day of sightseeing we'd find our room hadn't been serviced. Housekeeping would show up around 430P to clean the room, but by that time we were tired. We wanted to relax. We didn't want to go to the lobby to wait out the cleaning. Rooms should be cleaned by 3P, the stated check-in time.
I can't disparage our housekeeper b/c she was always friendly and able to provide us with fresh towels, water, and new Keurig pods, but it seemed the poor woman was overworked. One has to wonder what's going on, management-wise, when it comes to staffing the housekeeping department.
Also, the $20 "resort fee" is a total ripoff-especially when your room isn't being serviced in a timely manner. You can get free internet, Keurig coffee, and water @ many budget properties - but they at least provide you with a breakfast of some sort.
I'd recommend The Silversmith, but with reservations. It's certainly a nice hotel, with friendly employees, but if your looking for a four-star experience you may want to look elsewhere.
Enrique and, I forget the young lady that graciously checked is in, name states with a T, provided excellent service. Enrique has serviced our friends we were traveling with the last 6 years. So make sure u ask for him.
The hotel accommodations were nice. The bed was comfortable. The room was ok. The couch wasn't too comfortable but we spent most of our time either out or sleep.
The cleaning staff did a fabulous job on the room and even did us a huge favor in the end. This will b my go to hotel when in town.
One thing, the L train goes to past 7th floor windows. It's not too much of a distraction but just a heads up.
Hotel is 1 block w of Michigan and grant and millennial parks.
No continental breakfast but there's a nice spot across the street 1 block north of the hotel. Ask Enrique he will direct u.
We needed a last minute weeknight reservation and was pleasantly surprised to find the Silversmith Hotel. It was modern and beautifully appointed at a reasonable rate. The staff was friendly and helpful. The location was within walking distance of the theatres and a variety of eateries. It is also close to Millenium Park. It has a nice bar that offers room service and a made to order breakfast (not included, but you can buy the package), but we did not eat there. We would stay there again.
My husband and I stayed 3 nights in June 2019. It was our first trip travelling without our children (now teenagers), so we decided to treat ourselves to a nice hotel. The Silversmith Hotel exceeded our expectations in every way. First, the location is amazing. Easily accessible via public transit from both airports. It is walking distance to all downtown attractions with great restaurants everywhere. We took an Uber to north Loop one evening but it was an easy walk back (20 minutes). The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful. The tall ceilings made the room feel even more spacious than it was. We loved the décor and furnishings. The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was huge and we loved the line of body wash, soap and shampoo that the hotel uses. Our room had a large shower but no bathtub - I'm not sure if that's the case with all the rooms. Housekeeping was excellent and the room was spotless. Even though the hotel was very busy, it was very quiet, especially at night. All the staff members we encountered were amazing and very accommodating - we had to store our luggage both the day we arrived and the day we left. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. I want to give a special mention to the Bell Captain that we dealt with but I have forgotten his name (it started with an R, that much I remember). I am so sorry for forgetting your name but you were lovely :) In summary, we highly recommend this hotel and will definitely stay here when we return to Chicago.
I was going to Chicago for a combination pleasure, business trip and I was looking for a boutique hotel in the Loop that was convenient to transportation. I stumbled across the Silversmith and decided to pass up on my usual choices and give it a try. I learned from researching it that you want to make sure that you get an upper floor room in the back, as the L runs right in front of the hotel. The convenience of the L was partly what drew me to the Silversmith in the first place. I got downtown early, and they were able to quickly accommodate me with a room. Located on the eighth floor in the back, it was spacious, quiet and well appointed. The entire staff, from the front desk to the bell person seem to be genuinely happy to see me. This is somewhat unusual in many hotels and I was pleasantly surprised. My Deluxe King room had exceptionally comfortable bed, the Wi-Fi was fast and free, and the TV had numerous premium channels. The room was quiet, with no noise from the L at all, and even street noise was minimal. The public areas are well appointed and perfectly fit the era of the building.
The location is great, close to The Art Institute, Millennium Park, and the shops on Michigan Avenue. I did not do most of the touristy stuff, as I have frequently visited Chicago and this time I had more of a schedule. But for those of you who want to do Navy pier, the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, etc. all are within minutes of the hotel. This was a wonderful find in downtown Chicago.