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
Please make sure the front desk clarifies and/ or the booking agency the mandatory charge of the Silversmith’s destination fee that is charged at the end of your stay. Unfortunately we misunderstood this charge and were under the impression that if we didn’t utilize the service we would not be charged. We also failed to see this mandatory fee on the Expedia site when we booked. At check in, there was something mentioned about having ice delivered to the room, coffee, room service, etc. We did not plan on utilizing this service so we did not think much of it until we checked out for the weekend. I called the hotel management for clarification and was told that this charge was for “access to the gym, free business service, and express check-in.” All things that are usually included in your hotel stay if these amenities are offered. It was also mentioned that this was their “resort” fee. I have stayed at many “resorts” and let me tell you that there was no resort feel about this stay. It was your typical hotel. So when you’re comparing prices of downtown hotels, look into these mandatory fees! Ask about them when you’re booking and at check in! And just because this hotel looks like a “great deal” because of price, it may not be that much cheaper when all said and done. There’s plenty of hotels that do not charge this mandatory fee or truly have a fee based charge for the services you utilize. Beside this charge, we enjoyed our stay in Chicago at the Silversmith! The room was nice, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom was large, and the staff was welcoming. We will definitely clarify any “additional” and “mandatory” charges whenever booking our next hotel! And we would probably have chosen a different downtown Chicago location if we would have known about this fee. Lesson learned!
We stayed at the Silversmith prior to the Hot Chocolate 5k this year and were so glad we did! The location was perfect, the hotel rooms were comfortable and quiet, and the staff was so friendly and accommodating!!! We will definitely come back to stay!
I stayed at this hotel to be near the starting point of the Chicago Marathon. It was the best decision! The hotel is very clean, the beds very comfortable, the staff very friendly. It is in an excellent area of Chicago. I will surely return to that hotel.