The aurora of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Craftsman period permeates the Silversmith on the old Jewelers Row, a block off Michigan Avenue where the second floor lobby sits eye level with the Elevated tracks. All reminiscent of Chicago times past. After the first stay last January in a magnificent Craftsman room with floor to (very high) ceiling drapes and beautiful craftsman furnishings, a return visit was a sure thing.
However, the second stay this August was disappointing. Check-in took long because they couldn't find the reservation, and continued to look through paper and electronic records despite being presented with a printed confirmation. The room was smaller and disappointingly decorated as sort of a art deco knockoff -- or possibly1950s modern, not unlike many boutique hotels with quirky decor that doesn't always click. An odd touch was a window seat under windows that faced only the barren walls of other buildings. High point was a curvy desk that seemed authentic 1930s. And a large splashy piece of art on the wall that gave the room a little zing. It was a long way from the style and aura the January room emitted.
It is still a fine hotel very well located down the street from Millenium Park and the Art Institute, a block and a half from what used to be Marshall Fields and the El right out front.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy exceptional service, a warm and elegant setting with an unparalleled location in downtown Chicago. The Silversmith Hotel is a a rare gem, that is encased in classical architecture and sparkling with a new choice of luxury through contemporary spacious guest rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Silversmith Hotel Chicago
- The Silversmith Hotel And Suites
- Silversmith Hotel Chicago