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.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Drake - Chicago - King suite with living room

May 4, 2021 jenmches Saint Charles, Missouri

This room was clean spacious and comfortable. The hotel is in a great location Chicago city and is in walking distance of everything you need. The staff is very friendly as well. I will definitely stay there again when I travel to Chicago!
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May 3, 2021 KYL2015 Memphis, Tennessee

We absolutely loved our Drake experience. The atmosphere is grand and fancy, the afternoon tea was a unique event, the location is great--near shopping and a small park. We did not rent a car: took Uber/Lyft or walked. The only surprising issue was it was difficult to get an Uber from the airport (took about an hour) and it was twice as expensive… Read more
We absolutely loved our Drake experience. The atmosphere is grand and fancy, the afternoon tea was a unique event, the location is great--near shopping and a small park. We did not rent a car: took Uber/Lyft or walked. The only surprising issue was it was difficult to get an Uber from the airport (took about an hour) and it was twice as expensive as previous rides. Maybe arriving a Friday evening made the availablility scarce. And issues of Covid seem to make the rides less available, maybe fewer drivers. Other than airport, rides were easily available. Healthcare protocols for Covid were followed at Drake and throughout Chicago. Can't wait to return to the Drake very soon! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Neglected and tired

May 3, 2021 Harry C Avon, Connecticut

Classic and historic hotel in a fabulous location. Sadly neglected, tired, and in need of a refresh to restore this Grand Dame. Room decor is stepping back to 1983, furnishings are banging up, dust caking on chandeliers.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A shell of its former self...

Apr 26, 2021 edp20212021 Des Moines, Iowa

No housekeeping unless requested, even for suites over $650 per night. No room service, and the main bar and restaurant on the lower level are shut down. Only “tea” at the Palm Court is currently open.
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Apr 25, 2021 kduffy12 Chicago, Illinois

The Drake is a classic filled with old world charm and character. Right when you walk in the hotel feels kind of magical, the plush carpet, rich wood, beautiful ceiling and details make it feel like you’re transported back to the 1920s. My room was nice, comfortable, and clean. Since it is an old hotel, there aren’t a lot of outlets which made… Read more
The Drake is a classic filled with old world charm and character. Right when you walk in the hotel feels kind of magical, the plush carpet, rich wood, beautiful ceiling and details make it feel like you’re transported back to the 1920s. My room was nice, comfortable, and clean. Since it is an old hotel, there aren’t a lot of outlets which made it difficult to charge my phone and keep it on the nightstand. That was the only negative. The 1920s features extend to the rooms and it’s pretty obvious why this hotel is a Chicago landmark. If you stay, the Princess Diana Suite is room 550. Read less