The Drake Hotel

Chicago, USA

Virgin rating

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 Beautiful Vintage Hotel off the Magnificent Mile

May 10, 2022 HopeL748 Rockaway, New Jersey

Classic hotel with large traditional furnished rooms and conveniently located for restaurants and shopping. One block from the John Hancock building. Nice stores in the base of the hotel.Friendly staff.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Loved the Location!

May 9, 2022 642sasha Chicago, Illinois

This hotel is located in the heart of downtown. Footsteps away from shopping, dining, the lake and pretty much everything. We had tea at Palm Court so it was convenient to walk downstairs and have tea. We also saw a play at Broadway Playhouse which was a 2 minute walk. My niece shopped at American Girl and we had brunch at Wildberry Pancakes and… Read more
This hotel is located in the heart of downtown. Footsteps away from shopping, dining, the lake and pretty much everything. We had tea at Palm Court so it was convenient to walk downstairs and have tea. We also saw a play at Broadway Playhouse which was a 2 minute walk. My niece shopped at American Girl and we had brunch at Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe. Loved waking up to the sun rising with lake views. The furniture is outdated, but it offers so much more that it’s not a problem, I would definitely recommend friends and family to stay here. Also I want to mention the bellhop went out his way to help us and volunteered to take our picture before we left the hotel. Everyone was pleasant and made our time at the Drake enjoyable. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Drake is no longer The Drake

May 6, 2022 Peter S Lewiston, New York

I have a soft spot for the Drake but it has gone downhill terribly. We stayed two out of three nights and checked out, the service as so terrible. Among other things they forgot to bring up our baggage, the bed was hard and uncomfortable, they promised to bring up bottled water and never did. Had to ask twice for extra pillows. There was no hot… Read more
I have a soft spot for the Drake but it has gone downhill terribly. We stayed two out of three nights and checked out, the service as so terrible. Among other things they forgot to bring up our baggage, the bed was hard and uncomfortable, they promised to bring up bottled water and never did. Had to ask twice for extra pillows. There was no hot water, just very tepid. Had to complain twice about that. The engineer came and said it could not be fixed and said he would get reception to contact us about a new room. They never did. When I finally spoke to a front desk supervisor she told me none of this had been noted on the account. Only the Coq d"Or bar lounge was its old reliable self and was excellent. My recommendation is to stay away. WE checked out and moved to the ever reliable JW Marriott. Read less
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May 4, 2022 B7637UCmichaelg Chicago, United States

I stay at many hotels, different states, countries, Provinces and brands, but primarily Hilton. Having traveled extensively the past 40 years I still rate the Drake as a 5+ among the very best. The quality of staff, services, rooms, and amenities is second to none - anywhere. Never a disappointment ever. A few problems here and there but always… Read more
I stay at many hotels, different states, countries, Provinces and brands, but primarily Hilton. Having traveled extensively the past 40 years I still rate the Drake as a 5+ among the very best. The quality of staff, services, rooms, and amenities is second to none - anywhere. Never a disappointment ever. A few problems here and there but always handled swiftly and fully. Simply the most beautiful of hotel venues and staff. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent Experience at the Drake - Chicago, IL

Apr 24, 2022 steveschanning Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Service, accommodations, and staff were second to none. This trip was a “get away weekend” for my wife and I to Chicago. By far, the Drake was one of the nicest hotels that we have stayed at. Would highly recommend it to anyone!