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.

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful Property and Great Location

Jul 21, 2019 DalTexTraveler University Park, Texas

This is sort of the dowager queen of hotels that has had a lot of plastic surgery and it is gorgeous. The flowers alone in the reception and Palm Court are simply stunning. We had an upgraded room you could have held a yoga class in with a great lake view, along with a jacuzzi tub for two - simply fabulous! You can walk to MIchigan Avenue and… Read more
This is sort of the dowager queen of hotels that has had a lot of plastic surgery and it is gorgeous. The flowers alone in the reception and Palm Court are simply stunning. We had an upgraded room you could have held a yoga class in with a great lake view, along with a jacuzzi tub for two - simply fabulous! You can walk to MIchigan Avenue and the lake easily, with a coffee shop, art gallery, Cartier and a florist all on site! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A bit disappointing

Jul 21, 2019 785gay Lubbock, Texas

The common areas were somewhat elegant and the staff downstairs were nice but we stayed on the executive floor (room 902) and the furniture is falling apart. There were 2 glasses in the room when we arrived and they were never exchanged for clean ones--we were there 4 nights and on the 3rd day I asked housekeeping and all they could give me were… Read more
The common areas were somewhat elegant and the staff downstairs were nice but we stayed on the executive floor (room 902) and the furniture is falling apart. There were 2 glasses in the room when we arrived and they were never exchanged for clean ones--we were there 4 nights and on the 3rd day I asked housekeeping and all they could give me were the paper cups. The executive lounge breakfast is mediocre. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great stay at the Drake

Jul 19, 2019 Steven A Baltimore, United States

Recently visited Chicago and had wonderful experience. Hotel is located in downtown Chicago in heart of shopping district convenient to many great restaurants. Hotel has a lot of character and history, staff is very friendly and basement far is a hoot!
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Jul 18, 2019 waqaskhan21 Tampa, Florida

Best breakfast, hidden Gem, always get the breakfast with room, totally worth it Lakeshores view is the best, unfortunately during summer constant construction was happening , prices are economically low during fall
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Do not stay at the Drake. Check out Four Seasons

Jul 16, 2019 DrakeIsNoGood Chicago, Illinois

Check-in was horrendous. Had to wait hours and almost missed dinner reservations in the evening. Given a room with someone waiting in there for their bags (not kidding, it was absurd). Then given a terrible room after and then given a room that was wrong because we could not wait longer without missing dinner reservation. Definitely would not… Read more
Check-in was horrendous. Had to wait hours and almost missed dinner reservations in the evening. Given a room with someone waiting in there for their bags (not kidding, it was absurd). Then given a terrible room after and then given a room that was wrong because we could not wait longer without missing dinner reservation. Definitely would not recommend the Drake especially with all the better options in Chicago. Read less