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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Feb 21, 2021 Wendy H Washington DC, District of Columbia

We stayed on a cross country journey, it had been 15 years since we stayed at the Drake - it’s everything we remembered! The hotel is so Grand and Magical! It has so much history and we appreciate that! When we called in advance to move our room to a higher level we were accommodated and the employee was so sweet and helpful! The only suggestion… Read more
We stayed on a cross country journey, it had been 15 years since we stayed at the Drake - it’s everything we remembered! The hotel is so Grand and Magical! It has so much history and we appreciate that! When we called in advance to move our room to a higher level we were accommodated and the employee was so sweet and helpful! The only suggestion would be is to put self soft closing hinges on the doors. We had to listen to doors slamming of other guests when they would go in & out of their room. We hope life will be back to allow restaurants to be back open on our next stay as we missed getting to dine at The Hotel restaurants! Read less
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Feb 20, 2021 georgehT9287SJ

You would think that in these times with covid and all of the new laws staying in Chicago would be rough,but we stayed at the drake and it was above anything I would of expected. Dan at the front desk not only knows his job but went out of his way to make sure our stay at the drake and Our stay in Chicago was enjoyable,thank you Dan for everything.
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Feb 15, 2021 416kristinek Chicago, Illinois

I recently stayed for valentines day weekend. There was also a 100 year promotion so I thought it would be a great time to try out this hotel. I have to say that I was disappointed. I understand it is an old hotel but it can use a remodel.The bed was uncomfortable and the room was very warm. We had very loud neighbors and our non smoking floor… Read more
I recently stayed for valentines day weekend. There was also a 100 year promotion so I thought it would be a great time to try out this hotel. I have to say that I was disappointed. I understand it is an old hotel but it can use a remodel.The bed was uncomfortable and the room was very warm. We had very loud neighbors and our non smoking floor stunk like weed. I understand that because of covid, many of it amenities temporary out of service. Maybe I'll give it another chance at a later date. Read less
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Jan 14, 2021 jennypitts Temuco, Chile

Was not impressed with much. We got in late, to start our stay off we got stuck in the elevator, then we had the room reserved for four people we had to call for extra covers because none were in the room the the couch bed, along with needing extra towels as we only had enough for two people. Then when booking the room it said minibar, of course… Read more
Was not impressed with much. We got in late, to start our stay off we got stuck in the elevator, then we had the room reserved for four people we had to call for extra covers because none were in the room the the couch bed, along with needing extra towels as we only had enough for two people. Then when booking the room it said minibar, of course that was not in the room either. One of our blinds was broken as well to the windows. Dirt along baseboards and inside of cabinets were dirty. We have used a lot of hotels between the US and Chile most being cheaper than this and they by far were nicer and cleaner than this one. You would think for the price it would offer more, I understand it has a lot of history behind the hotel which is neat but you need to keep up with surrounding prices and accommodations as well or eventually it is going to not be there anymore. Read less
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Jan 13, 2021 GoPlaces312016

The most basic amenity was not available to us during our stay. For $170 a night I would expect to be able to take a hot shower in clean water. See pictures below. Seemed like staff knew this was a problem and responded by telling us to just run the water for a few minutes for it to clear up. It didn't. After running the water for close to an… Read more
The most basic amenity was not available to us during our stay. For $170 a night I would expect to be able to take a hot shower in clean water. See pictures below. Seemed like staff knew this was a problem and responded by telling us to just run the water for a few minutes for it to clear up. It didn't. After running the water for close to an hour they finally sent maintenance but they weren't able to solve it either. After that we requested a room change. Dirty hot water persisted to be a problem even in new room. Although more clear, it left dirt remnants in the shower after you ran the water. Needless to say, we weren't able to shower. Thank god we only stayed for one night. I made several attempts to contact the Drake to make them aware of this issue but radio silence. It was really disappointing since we were so looking forward to our stay at the historic Drake. I really didn't think having to worry about clean hot water was going to be a part of the experience. Stay at the Millennium Knickerbocker across the street. Half the price and you can shower! Read less