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.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Charming historic hotel with water views

Sep 15, 2019 cooleylicious Columbia, South Carolina

I stayed at the Palmer last month and the Drake is the clear winner. Grand, but charming its a step back into history. The rooms are small, but elegant and I enjoyed the view of the water. The Drake has amenities such as a small fridge and well appointed bathroom that make it a Hilton consistent experience. Good location and I would highly… Read more
I stayed at the Palmer last month and the Drake is the clear winner. Grand, but charming its a step back into history. The rooms are small, but elegant and I enjoyed the view of the water. The Drake has amenities such as a small fridge and well appointed bathroom that make it a Hilton consistent experience. Good location and I would highly recommend a stay at this unique hotel. Also- contrary to another reviewer, there is self parking about a block away for half the cost of valet. You also get a discount if you pay at the front desk at departure. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best Hotel Anywhere!

Sep 10, 2019 brandibarr23 Bridgewater, New Jersey

If I could give it a higher rating I would. My family stays at this historic hotel in the heart of Chicago every year. We travel from New Jersey and enjoy Chicago to see our beloved Cubs at Wrigley Field. We are treated like royalty and it’s our favorite hotel to stay! Our hotel porters Wilson and Chris remember us each year and greet us like… Read more
If I could give it a higher rating I would. My family stays at this historic hotel in the heart of Chicago every year. We travel from New Jersey and enjoy Chicago to see our beloved Cubs at Wrigley Field. We are treated like royalty and it’s our favorite hotel to stay! Our hotel porters Wilson and Chris remember us each year and greet us like family! Don’t miss the buffet breakfast. This hotel is a class act in every way! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Worst Hilton Hotel Ever

Sep 10, 2019 Robert R

This has been by far my worst experience with Hilton Hotels The air conditioner sounds like a dryer on tumble with rocks inside, there are no refrigerators in the room even though there is a space for them, they charge $71 for valet parking without offering a self park option, then you cannot always find a valet attendant to get your car when you… Read more
This has been by far my worst experience with Hilton Hotels The air conditioner sounds like a dryer on tumble with rocks inside, there are no refrigerators in the room even though there is a space for them, they charge $71 for valet parking without offering a self park option, then you cannot always find a valet attendant to get your car when you need it. The front desk staff is hit or miss whether they are nice or not. Four diamonds my butt. Maybe four tomatoes! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Grand Old Hotel

Sep 4, 2019 bburwitz

Beautiful grand old hotel right across from Oak beach. Well kept historic hotel in a great location with a wonderful staff. It is the place I stay whenever I'm in Chicago. Great experience, with all the history of Chicago.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Hotel and Location

Sep 4, 2019 Bobbyi01 Napa, California

Just stayed at this hotel and had a great time. The rooms are pretty spacious and comfortable. The location is good too. Close to the lake and on the Magnificent Mile. Was a good value for the money as well. I would definitely stay here again