The Silversmith Hotel & Suites

10 S Wabash Ave, (formerly Crowne Plaza), Chicago, Illinois, 60603, United States
(4 star hotel)
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Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 6 reviews
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Very central indeed

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 4, 2012

The Silversmith is a fairly-recently-restored historical building tight in the heart of the Loop and, as such, is incredibly central for anywhere you might want to visit in Chicago. It's just 2 minutes walk from Millennium Park (and 'the Bean'!), perhaps 5 minutes from the Art Institute and right outside the Madison Wabash El station. You really couldn't ask for a better location in terms of convenience.

When I stepped out of my taxi I thought I'd stepped into an episode of ER: not only was the El directly overhead (it runs straight down S Wabash) but there were numerous hospital staff wearing scrubs! They were there every day, so I can only assume that there is some sort of medical facility nearby, or perhaps hospital accommodation. Anyway, it was an exceptionally atmospheric way to arrive.

The hotel itself is an older building which has been beautifully restored and renovated. Reception is on the second floor (first floor if you are from the UK) : stairs or the elevator (lift) to get there. I hadn't realised that 'L' in the lift meant 'lobby' (reception) so, as the (speedy) lifts will only operate to other floors with a keycard I was a little bemused and ended up climbing the stairs. I put my inefficiency down to being exhausted due to my Megabus ride from Iowa City!

My room was on the 6th floor, facing another building. No view, of course: I didn't expect it in mid-city. But it was quiet, very clean and very comfortable with a *huge* bathroom. There was a bathtub as well as a shower, which was especially were the numerous towels, and the very pleasant toilteries (not all hotel toiletries are pleasant, unfortunately).

The room had all the usual: workdesk, free wired and wireless internet, large TV, large closet, comfortable bed, efficient air con/heating which could be 'customised'. And a very large roomsafe, more than big enough for two or three laptops and bolted to the floor.

Coffee and tea were provided in the room, with a machine & supplies replenished daily.

There is a 'business centre' (2 computers and printers) in the rather ritzy lobby, as well as a grand piano (!) and numerous comfy couches and armchairs. I liked the security of a lift which would only operate with a keycard, and I also liked the fact that there was a clean and well-signed emergency staircase, unlocked and with access to all floors above the lobby. One must think of emergency situations when one is in a tall building.

There's also an in-hotel 'fitness centre', though I didn't explore that!

Staff were helpful and courteous and, for a hotel of that standard which is so centrally sited, rates were reasonable enough.

Downsides are: the El, which really is perhaps only 15 feet or so from the front of the building. No problems with rooms at the back, but goodness knows whether rooms at the front are as noisy as I would expect. Best to ask for a room at the back, I think.

There is no breakfast or food within the hotel itself, but it links directly to Ada's Deli & Restaurant. Although I'd hoped to eat there (and the menu looked good) it always seemed to be pretty much empty when I passed by. That's never a good sign. So I had my breakfast at a branch of Corner Cafe at the end of the block, always heaving with people and with reasonable breakfasts at reasonable prices (and the most amazing cinnamon rolls!).

For a first visit to Chicago, when I had no idea of where I wanted to be or where I really wanted to visit (other than Millennium Park) , this hotel was ideally located. I felt pretty safe in the area as a solo middle-aged female, but being in largely a business district the surrounding streets did empty out somewhat by around 10pm. By then I was on my way back to my bed, so that didn't bother me: it might bother others.

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Ideal for city stay

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 3, 2011

Perfect location, large and comfortable room and great value. Right at the Loop and within yards of Macy's and Sears...ideal. Free use of computer and printer. Large room with abundance of towels and great air conditioning. We had a room at the back which was away from the Loop and this may be advisable from a noise persprctive. Staff were excellent and helpful. Downside? The bar is a little removed from the reception which is located on the 1st floor and seems to close a little early. Breakfast is fine but we did not eat dinner here as it seems to be directed towards the casual 'snack' type diner. Loads of restaurants nearby and Michigan Ave. is around the corner. Recommended.

Directions: In the middle of everything!!!!

Great Little Known Hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 5, 2007

I placed a bid on hotwire and got this hotel. It isn't well known by cab drivers so be prepared to explain its location and address. The hotel was remodeled in the early 2000s and they did a beautiful job of keeping the history of the building alive. The room we stayed in had 12 foot ceilings which made it appear much larger than it was. Hallways and rooms were appointed very well. Hotel is located right underneath the Madison and Wabash station of the El in the Loop. Surprisingly the noise of the trains is hardly noticeable from the rooms.

Unique Quality: Cheesecake and coffee in the lobby during the evening! No views to speak of from the rooms but the location is right in the middle of everything, just one block from Millennium Park and one block from State Street. Price quoted is hotwire's (regular room rate was twice that).

Directions: Corner of Wabash and Madison under the train station.

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Hidden gem

by written on November 4, 2003

Recently a friend of mine stayed here and when she mentioned where she was staying I had no idea it existed. If you are having trouble finding a hotel downtown, you might give this one a try. She got quite a bargain by booking through

Unique Quality: It is a landmark building, built in 1897, designed by DH Burnham & Co. It's part of what is known as Jewelers Row.

Directions: Loop, near Jeweler's Row

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South of the river

by written on June 10, 2003

This is a place found by my friends where i crashed the last night in Chicago. Nice hotel and not too bad when 3 people involved.

Unique Quality: Room configurations are different. Some have lounge chairs some have columns.... how the two relate i dont know.

Directions: Wabash and Monroe

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Crowne Plaza- The Silversmith

by written on August 26, 2002

$100-200 per night USD

Unique Quality: Ideally located in the Heart of Chicago's financial and theater district(The Loop). Just blocks from the world renowned Art Institute and Symphony Center. Exciting Navy Pier and Chicago's finest museums are within minutes. Located only 3 miles away from the United Center.

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Address: 10 S Wabash Ave, (formerly Crowne Plaza), Chicago, Illinois, 60603, United States

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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  • Fitness Center
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  • Free High Speed Internet

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