I'll begin by emphasizing other reviews that commend the staff. Every single staff member we encountered greeted us with smiles, positive conversation, and offers of assistance. Keep up the great work, everyone!
We realized that we repeatedly commented on the fact that The Silversmith is the ideal location for Chicago tourists. It's close to the metro station (on the "train side" of 7th floor, the passing El sounded like distant ocean waves breaking on the beach, and, if anything, only helped our sleep. Might have been a different story on a different story.) We didn't bother buying multiday passes for the CTA. Once, we took a cab from the Navy Pier back to our hotel, but, other than train rides to Wrigley Field and to and from Midway Airport, we walked.
This hotel is beautiful. Tons of character. The mission-style interior architecture and decor were striking and consistent in all the areas of the hotel that we saw.
Other rooms may be similarly-situated, but 701 was a corner room with a largely-unused stairway on one side and the elevator shaft on the other side of the wall from the bathroom, So we NEVER heard any noise from other rooms, only a rare door-slam from other rooms on the hall. I'd imagine all the rooms numbered X01 have that advantage.
The layout of our room a simple rectangle with the bedroom on the front of the hotel (comfortable king-sized bed with feather/down pillows and large HDTV). A set of frosted glass French doors separated the bedroom from the sitting area that had a desk, chairs, comfortable sofa, mini fridge and another HDTV. The bathroom covered the entire width of the room on the opposite end from the bedroom, with marble countertop, and separate bath and shower. The heavy mission-style oak decor was maintained throughout. Never any issues with towels, water temperature/pressure, electricity, etc. We returned to the room every evening after long days experiencing Chicago to find that the housekeeping staff kept the room perfectly maintained.
We paid $120/nt through hotels.com.
We didn't eat at Ava's, the restaurant on the ground floor, because the prices for breakfast were more than we wanted to spend. We didn't see the lunch/dinner menus. Look for our restaurant reviews on Exchequer, Corner Bakery, and Al's #1 Italian Beef.
For attractions, take a look at our reviews of Willis Tower, Chicago Art Institute, Wrigley Field, Shedd Aquarium, and Field Museum, and buy the City Pass ($84) if you're doing the tourist thing. !!!CHICAGO ROCKS!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy exceptional service, a warm and elegant setting with an unparalleled location in downtown Chicago. The Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown 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