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 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.

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (2378)
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  • Average (563)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A great hotel in the magnificent mile, Chicago. Close to everything.

Nov 17, 2019 BRLee228 Ancaster, Canada

This hotel is full of history and rustic charm, close to all the internationally famous shops, and water. The facilities are well maintained, clean, and updated. As you walk into the lobby you cannot help but feel the richest and class. The rooms are well-appointed though showing its age, understandably so given the age.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful charm & service

Nov 16, 2019 jbg79 Sarasota, Florida

Picturesque holiday decorations!!! I had a room with a lake and city view that was fantastic. The service was impeccable. Another wonderful Hilton experience!! The price was reasonable. The location is easy access to great shopping and all amenities of the city. It’s old world charm with modern upgrades. I highly recommend staying at The Drake.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A very old hotel

Nov 15, 2019 joannec410 New Albany, Ohio

I have stayed at the Drake a number of times over the years. I thought of it as elegant and classic but unfortunately conditions and services have changed and unless the hotel is remodeled I will not be back. Because of a very antiquated air conditioning/heating system you cannot control the temperature of your room. Despite it being cold… Read more
I have stayed at the Drake a number of times over the years. I thought of it as elegant and classic but unfortunately conditions and services have changed and unless the hotel is remodeled I will not be back. Because of a very antiquated air conditioning/heating system you cannot control the temperature of your room. Despite it being cold outside, the room is hot. Windows cannot be opened, they are too heavy and there is a sign that says “Do Not Open The Windows”. When I called for help they sent up someone who opened the window. At night it gets too cold and as I said, the window is too heavy to move. So, we had them close it and we spent 2 nights in a furnace. They bathtub did not drain and maintenance was called again at 10 PM. I had to request a bathrobe from the front desk, they apparently are not provided without a call. I also asked the maid for a vanity pack with q-tips and cotton balls. She told me that I would have to call the desk for that as well. She did not provide them. The manager I spoke to to was a lovely person who understood my frustrations and tried to compensate us. She explained that the hotel was quite old. This was quite evident as the wallpaper in our room was peeling off in addition to the other issues. I am certain that I can find a more comfortable place to stay in Chicago. Read less
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Nov 14, 2019 larryfD400QC Las Vegas, Nevada

Lovely hotel in excellent location. We were fortunate to be there as they decorated the Christmas trees. Fabulous public rooms and a very cozy bar that served quality food. If you are looking for a lake view property this is it.
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Nov 13, 2019 dlmanneraak

A little quieter and this would have gone from good to great! We loved the location, the room and the service. We had some loud neighbors this particular night. Doors were constantly slamming shut and one neighbor sounded like they were throwing up a few times in the night. We weren’t able to sleep well at all.