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 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
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The grand dame in despair and disrepair!

Jul 22, 2020 JBolosh New York City, New York

SOS save the Drake! I stayed for two days on business and the hotel was a dump! It had been years since I last stayed there and it had so much character and charm but not any more. Dirty hallways and elevators. Dirty rooms that haven’t seen an upgrade in a very long time. Worn, musty, dark and just a pal of sadness over the whole place. Hilton has… Read more
SOS save the Drake! I stayed for two days on business and the hotel was a dump! It had been years since I last stayed there and it had so much character and charm but not any more. Dirty hallways and elevators. Dirty rooms that haven’t seen an upgrade in a very long time. Worn, musty, dark and just a pal of sadness over the whole place. Hilton has obviously given up on this hotel so we can only hope that someone will purchase it who has integrity and the funds and creativity to give this once great hotel a new lease on life because The Hilton vampires have sucked all the blood out of this place. The staff knows and can’t say anything because they want to keep their jobs but they know how bad it’s gotten. And no security at night makes it a little scary coming and going. Walking the deserted halllways littered with clean stickers is creepy. Especially since you know this place is far from clean or sanitized. Sad. Just sad. The Drake needs a desperate SOS from a benefactor! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Complete elegant and location is 10/10

Apr 19, 2020 WandererMind Bengaluru, India

Excellent place! The concierge was very helpful and the staff was very attentive. Loved the 2 days stay there, tho my room wasn't lake facing but the proximity to the lake and even to magnificent mile made it worth every penny. I booked it for the history it caries and that was pretty evident in the ambiance, architecture et al.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Absolute elegance for high tea!

Mar 16, 2020 flygirllalisa

We took Grandma and granddaughter to celebrate their birthdays together for high tea at The Drake. It was elegant and lavish. The wonderful team of Gisele, Mirchet, and Roberto made the experience warm and welcoming. They were friendly and professional and truly seemed to care and celebrate with us! They brought us delicious teatime treats and… Read more
We took Grandma and granddaughter to celebrate their birthdays together for high tea at The Drake. It was elegant and lavish. The wonderful team of Gisele, Mirchet, and Roberto made the experience warm and welcoming. They were friendly and professional and truly seemed to care and celebrate with us! They brought us delicious teatime treats and sandwiches and kept our tea kettles warm and full. These 3 made it such a special and luxurious afternoon. This will stay one of those special happy memories! Thank you for being so wonderful!!! We appreciate you!!!! Read less