The Drake Hotel

Chicago, USA

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.0 Based on 4498 reviews

The hotel

The Drake Hotel is in the finest location in Chicago, situated at the very tip of the Magnificent Mile Neighbourhood, and located right in front of Oak Street Beach overlooking Lake Michigan. It hasn’t lost any of the glitz or traditions which drew in Chicago’s glitterati for its grand opening on New Year’s Eve in 1920, and in the decades which followed. It still hosts High Tea, with its delicate petit fours and fragrant teas now served in the appropriately decadent Palm Court. You can still dine (and drink) at Coq d’Or, the city’s second venue to get that all-important liquor license after Prohibition ended in 1933. A milestone on The Magnificent Mile, with direct access Lake Michigan’s Oak Street Beach, be prepared for drama, history and luxury.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In a central spot at the end of The Magnificent Mile, and with direct access to Oak Street Beach on Lake Michigan, this hotel is a block from John Hancock Center, famous for its 360 CHICAGO and TILT! attractions. It’s also just a few blocks from the Museum of Contemporary Art and two of the city’s most historic landmarks: The Old Water Tower and Chicago Avenue Pumping Station. Transfer time to airport: 60 minutes.

Hotel information

545 rooms and suites. All with individual climate control, flatscreen HDTV with premium movie channels, WiFi access*, mini-bar*, safe and bathrobes. Deluxe Rooms have 1 king-size or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Deluxe Lake View Rooms overlook Lake Michigan with 1 king-size or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Coq d’Or (comfort food menu, piano lounge with cocktails and whiskey bar, open for lunch, dinner and late nights, live weekend entertainment), Drake Bros.’ (open for weekday breakfast and weekend brunch), Palm Court (daily afternoon teas, Friday and Saturday evening cocktails, and live harp music Wednesday-Sunday), Lavazza Espression Café. Room service* (6.00am-1.00am). Fitness centre (on-site centre, and access to neighbouring full-service fitness centre*). Entertainment (schedule varies, Soirée de Salsa every other Wednesday). Arcade shopping (including Chanel, Georg Jensen, Van Cleef & Arpels, Hildt Galleries, Mangel Florist, and Travel Traders). Les Clefs d’Or Concierge. Private transport services* (airport shuttles* and hired car services*). Self parking $48 a day and valet parking $68 a day (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

Trip advisor rating: 4.0 Based on 4498 reviews

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Comfortable and Convenient

Feb 22, 2019 gsrs usa

The Drake is well located. The rooms are comfortable, albeit apparently not recently renovated. Lakefront rooms have wonderful views and if you only rarely come to Chicago, I suggest you reserve one of these
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Feb 19, 2019 naplesdiner2015 Naples, Florida

The once-glorious Drake Hotel is no more. The general appearance is tatty and unkempt. The room was comfortable and the view of the lake serene. However the plumbing, with gurgling pipes, was a distraction. My big issue was the breakfast. The restaurant was dirty and haphazard. The buffet food was cold and poorly prepared. The staff were… Read more
The once-glorious Drake Hotel is no more. The general appearance is tatty and unkempt. The room was comfortable and the view of the lake serene. However the plumbing, with gurgling pipes, was a distraction. My big issue was the breakfast. The restaurant was dirty and haphazard. The buffet food was cold and poorly prepared. The staff were indifferent. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Valentine's Weekend Away ... An almost perfect stay.

Feb 19, 2019 divineboltholes Chicago, Illinois

In celebration of Valentine's Day, my wonderful boyfriend planned a stay at the historic Drake hotel. What a lovely treat. I'm no stranger to The Drake, as I attend charity functions there annually and love to enjoy afternoon tea in the Palm Court restaurant during the holidays. I haven't actually stayed there since I was a little girl (I remember… Read more
In celebration of Valentine's Day, my wonderful boyfriend planned a stay at the historic Drake hotel. What a lovely treat. I'm no stranger to The Drake, as I attend charity functions there annually and love to enjoy afternoon tea in the Palm Court restaurant during the holidays. I haven't actually stayed there since I was a little girl (I remember taking a tour of the suite where Princess Diana had stayed on her trip to Chicago in 1996). As always, The Drake did not disappoint. The rich history is so fascinating; our room package came with a handy and informative self-guided tour of the hotel, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Also included was a sweet welcome bag which had Palm Court signature tea, a tea strainer and vouchers for drinks. Our room was lovely, the bathroom well appointed and we had a little sitting area overlooking the LV store across the street. It was disappointing that there was no refrigerator/mini bar. It would have been great to have a place to keep our leftovers from dinner. I called down and it would have been an additional $30 per night for a fridge... Ridiculous considering a fridge is standard in every Hilton I've ever stayed at. Annoying, but not that big of a deal. What was disappointing was our trip to the famed Coq d’Or bar. Upon check-in, we were given vouchers for 2 drinks each at the Coq d’Or bar, so naturally, that was our first stop after dinner. We immediately handed the vouchers to the waitress, who was completely puzzled and told us the vouchers were expired. We explained that they were given to us a few hours earlier upon check-in and that we would be happy to go discuss the issue with the front desk. She told us to wait at our table while she went to speak with the manager. After about 5-10 mins, the manager returned, holding the vouchers and explained that the vouchers we were given were from a Christmas/ holiday promotion and he could not understand why we would have been given them. He questioned who checked us in and at what time… It was starting to feel like he was questioning if we found them on the street or somewhere and were trying to scam them. He kept repeating how old they were (apparently they expired Jan 1, 2019) and that it just did not add up that we would have them in our possession. Eventually, he said he would honor them. The package my boyfriend booked included the history tour, a bag with a tea gift and drinks to be used at the bars in the hotel. A promotion that is still currently available on the hotel’s website. We certainly did not let the incident put a damper on our evening or on our Valentine’s celebrations, but it was an extremely unfortunate hiccup in an otherwise perfect stay. All staff members, especially managers should be aware of the hotel promotions and should never have made us feel like we were trying to scam them. I will certainly return to The Drake in the future, but hope that someone from the hotel will read this review and make sure it does not happen to other guests who opted for the same promotion. All in all, it was the perfect mini break for us to play tourists in our own city and enjoy the rich history we have in our backyard. A big thank you to @thedrakechicago for a lovely Valentine's weekend. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Location, Service ok

Feb 19, 2019 Maria G Marshalltown, Iowa

I stayed there last weekend and I was just not very impressed with their service. Nothing seemed organized. At breakfast, we kept being ignored and finally after waiting about 10 to 15 minutes, the waiter finally came to ask us what we wanted to drink. The view and location of the hotel were good. The complaint that I really have is the… Read more
I stayed there last weekend and I was just not very impressed with their service. Nothing seemed organized. At breakfast, we kept being ignored and finally after waiting about 10 to 15 minutes, the waiter finally came to ask us what we wanted to drink. The view and location of the hotel were good. The complaint that I really have is the service. The room itself was not anything special. The safe did not work, the bathroom door would not stay closed if it wasn't locked and there were cracks on the corners of the room. Read less
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Feb 14, 2019 M7538OJleeb Reno, Nevada

My wife and I and her two sisters and their husbands all travelled to Chicago to visit the area, as the three girls were all born and lived in the Chicago area during their early years. We stayed at The Drake from Feb. 7 to the 13th. The Drake is a first class hotel at a very reasonable price. Every employee of the hotel we dealt with,… Read more
My wife and I and her two sisters and their husbands all travelled to Chicago to visit the area, as the three girls were all born and lived in the Chicago area during their early years. We stayed at The Drake from Feb. 7 to the 13th. The Drake is a first class hotel at a very reasonable price. Every employee of the hotel we dealt with, including the front desk clerks, the consierge, the housekeeping staff, the maintenance personnel, the doormen, and the breakfast room wait staff were all very friendly and helpful. If you needed something, it was taken care of immediately. The consierge helped us rent a car, book tours, recommended several great places to eat,and gave us excellent directions. The rooms were clean and large. I can’t say enough about The Drake and the people who work there. We had a great time in Chicago, and they were a good part of the reason for that. Read less