Situated in Jewelers Row in Chicago, the Silversmith Hotel recently completed a multimillion dollar renovation of its guestrooms and public spaces and opened a new restaurant and lounge, Adamus—a nod to the ancient Latin term for diamond. Leo A Daly design firm led the remodeling project at the landmark hotel, which was originally built in 1896. To create a more seamless arrival experience, the firm relocated the front desk to the first floor and positioned the restaurant and lounge behind it. “There is a new energy level during check in,” says General Manager Hans Ritten. “We really transitioned into an independent luxury boutique hotel, not only from the way the design was done but also from the new services we are providing, in both food and beverage and the guestrooms.”
Adamus offers a variety of seating options, including dining tables, lounge-like banquettes, bar stools, private booths, and a community table with room for up to 20 people. “It’s very functional for a lot of different types and groups of guests we like to entertain,” Ritten says.
The space is furnished with rich fabrics in shades of charcoal and silver punctuated with pops of
citron and magenta throughout the hotel. “The previous Silversmith had a lot of wood paneling
in the rooms and the public areas,” Ritten says, “and now the look is a little more elegant and contemporary.”
Gilded accents, glass-framed mirrors, and crystal chandeliers complement the artfully inspired environment set off by clean lines and sleek design. To adjust the mood, the hotel uses an advanced lighting control system, Ritten says. “You can really differentiate the ambience, not only from day to night but also in the various areas of the lounge.”
Upbeat tunes and high-definition televisions with streaming videos enhance the overall atmosphere, Ritten says. “The streaming videos are part of the entertainment, as well as the design.”