The Drake Hotel

Chicago, USA

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 from O'Hare International Airport: 1 hour.

Hotel information

609 rooms and suites. All with individual climate control, flatscreen HDTV with premium movie channels, WiFi access*, fridge*, marble bathroom, safe and luxury terry bathrobes. Deluxe Rooms have 1 king-size bed or 2 oversized twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Deluxe Lake View Rooms overlook Lake Michigan with 1 king-size bed or 2 oversized win beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Coq d’Or (piano lounge with cocktails and whiskey bar, open for lunch, dinner and late nights). Café on Oak (open for breakfast). Palm Court (open for afternoon tea and cocktails, with entertainment including live harpists and Salsa dancing). Lavazza Espression (hot drinks, sandwiches and snacks). Room service*. Fitness centre (on-site centre, and access to neighbouring full-service fitness centre*). Arcade shopping. Les Clefs d’Or Concierge. Self parking $49 plua tax, per day and valet parking $70 pus tax, per day (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice hotel and location

Oct 4, 2020 Oat R

+ Very convenient location to walk around to restaurants and shopping + Not bad for the self-parking, of course hotel charges for that + Nice services + If you get the lake view can be really nice - Rush hour can be annoying for driving around
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A disappointing stay

Sep 29, 2020 Diane G Temecula, California

First time in Chicago and was looking forward to staying at the Drake. Contactless entry is provided instead of going to the front desk and rooms are what would be expected of an iconic hotel/price range. As expected, services are almost non-existent during COVID and ordering and/or going out for a meal is to be expected. However, I would… Read more
First time in Chicago and was looking forward to staying at the Drake. Contactless entry is provided instead of going to the front desk and rooms are what would be expected of an iconic hotel/price range. As expected, services are almost non-existent during COVID and ordering and/or going out for a meal is to be expected. However, I would think at a minimum The Drake could provide for some time of coffee service and packaged foods at their street level restaurant. Instead, when you wake up and would like a cup of coffee to start your day you are directed to go outside, walk a block to the nearest Starbucks and get your coffee there. Nothing like waking up and having to walk outside early in the morning to get breakfast. If other food establishments are open and available for consumers, why couldn't an establishment like The Drake find a way to offer this most basic of services? Not impressed. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating They don't build them like this anymore

Sep 26, 2020 LongA1066 New York City, New York

Visited in September 2020 and thoroughly enjoyed stay. Very sizeable room with wonderful high ceilings and bath of entry hall. Comfortable bed. Excellent workstation when I needed to do work. Room was clean and front desk very helpful. Unfortunately with Covid I could not try their restaurants. At some point updating will be necessary but if… Read more
Visited in September 2020 and thoroughly enjoyed stay. Very sizeable room with wonderful high ceilings and bath of entry hall. Comfortable bed. Excellent workstation when I needed to do work. Room was clean and front desk very helpful. Unfortunately with Covid I could not try their restaurants. At some point updating will be necessary but if you want to enjoy the way grand hotels were built the Drake still has it! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect getaway

Aug 29, 2020 Gladys A

First of all, walking in to their grand lobby is like stepping back in history, when Princess Diana and Frank Sinatra chose this hotel for their stay in Chicago. We had the magnificent view of Lake Michigan, which is so breathtaking, especially at night! Our family walked everywhere from the hotel, and even did an impromptu trip to the Tilt at… Read more
First of all, walking in to their grand lobby is like stepping back in history, when Princess Diana and Frank Sinatra chose this hotel for their stay in Chicago. We had the magnificent view of Lake Michigan, which is so breathtaking, especially at night! Our family walked everywhere from the hotel, and even did an impromptu trip to the Tilt at John Hancock, where my hubby and I experienced the Tilt while our grown kids were still asleep on the comfortable beds. Our vehicle was parked a block away at the 900 building where Bloomingdales is, and it was very convenient to drive in and out while we stayed at the hotel. Great stay! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Still a beautiful hotel!

Aug 10, 2020 WallingfordEl Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

It's hard to review any hotel during these weird pandemic times. I looked forward to experiencing a stay at the Drake and though many services are cut back ( or non existent), this hotel is still a grand dame. Our room overlooking the lake was comfortable and the view of the lake...spectacular. We had to get take out both nights but it was fun… Read more
It's hard to review any hotel during these weird pandemic times. I looked forward to experiencing a stay at the Drake and though many services are cut back ( or non existent), this hotel is still a grand dame. Our room overlooking the lake was comfortable and the view of the lake...spectacular. We had to get take out both nights but it was fun to bring our dinner back and dine while watching the sun set (and watch a storm roll by). The staff is trying so hard to make a stay comfortable. I would definitely love to return when the hotel once again offers High Tea and dining. Still, it was a wonderful stay. Don't miss the florist shop...it's amazing! Read less