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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Hilton should do more for this iconic hotel

Oct 10, 2021 Tarik E

While looking for the refrigerator in my upgraded room overlooking Lake Michigan, one cabinet door fell into my hands because it was unhinged, while the second door couldn’t be opened from the outside because it had no knobs, so had to be pushed from the inside. Room expensive but furnished with the same furniture as a standard size room, leaving… Read more
While looking for the refrigerator in my upgraded room overlooking Lake Michigan, one cabinet door fell into my hands because it was unhinged, while the second door couldn’t be opened from the outside because it had no knobs, so had to be pushed from the inside. Room expensive but furnished with the same furniture as a standard size room, leaving large areas of the room empty, including the walls and exposing the lack of maintenance. No room service. Inelegant lobby. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating In desperate need of maintenance…

Oct 10, 2021 charmDC Washington DC, District of Columbia

My husband and I have visited The Drake numerous times and have many wonderful memories over the years. Sadly, we will not be returning. We splurged on a junior “lake view” suite for our tenth anniversary knowing the hotel has unparalleled views of Lake Michigan. The first room we were assigned on the second floor was large but dark and… Read more
My husband and I have visited The Drake numerous times and have many wonderful memories over the years. Sadly, we will not be returning. We splurged on a junior “lake view” suite for our tenth anniversary knowing the hotel has unparalleled views of Lake Michigan. The first room we were assigned on the second floor was large but dark and overlooked the street so I spoke to the gentleman at the front desk and we were moved to a smaller room on the fourth floor badly in need of renovation. The electrical outlet next to the bed was broken and the door stuck to the point that I couldn’t open it without assistance. While the lake view was technically better, the grime on the windows obscured it. On day two we were moved to a room (not a suite) with the view we’d come for… only to find the shower didn’t drain and the AC was broken. Not wanting our anniversary weekend to be defined by a series of hotel complaints, however valid, we stuck it out but it made for a rough night’s sleep on an unusually warm October night. I will say that all of the staff we interacted with were friendly, cordial and responsive. The issue is clearly deferred maintenance, which is evident not just in the rooms but also in the common areas where the wallpaper is peeling and generally showing the hotel’s age. It’s truly a shame that Hilton has not invested more in preserving and maintaining this once beautiful historic hotel. While my husband was a Hilton Diamond member pre-pandemic, we have decided - in part based on this experience - to switch loyalty programs as business travel resumes. In the meantime, we hope someone will decide that this hotel is worthy of restoring to its former grandeur. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best place to stay on Chicago's Magnificent Mile

Oct 6, 2021 Mulemeat Sacramento, California

We have stayed many times at The Drake Hotel in Chicago. We are always happy. Great place, great food & great people. We love the lake view & easy access to Michigan Avenue. It's almost 100 years old but has been updated without losing its historic charm.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place to stay, everything was perfect.

Oct 4, 2021 994shawn

Everything was perfect. Staff was great and there was enough, no waiting. The room was spacious and clean. Staff was friendly and helpful. All around great place to stay. Will definitely return whenever we are in Chicago.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating This hotel sucked best food old accommodations moldy smelling rooms

Oct 1, 2021 DebDenGor

This hotel sucked best food old accommodations moldy smelling rooms I wouldn’t advise a stay let alone a wedding the food at the wedding was served cold over cooked and not at all Tasty You would think better of a hotel they charge this with this hotel charge per night I just don’t understand it