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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Traveller rating

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May 22, 2019 Tsaxman74 Arlington, Virginia

I was there for mt birthday, and we had a small housekeeping issue and inconvenience. The response by management, Kyle and Sharon, was fantastic, as they upgraded us beyond our satisfaction. While we miss the Cape Cod Room, the breakfast we enjoyed was quite good, and Coq D' Or remains.
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May 22, 2019 Douglas E

This is one hotel you have to experience. They know what they are doing with this classic hotel. The decor, service quality, the F & B... it all comes together at the Drake! Great location in a fun city. Doug
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May 21, 2019 carolmU7899WI Lewisburg, Tennessee

Girl Trip to Chicago was extra special because of our stay at The Drake. It was the perfect location for seeing the city, and close to excellent shopping and eating places. Would highly recommend this beautiful hotel.
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May 21, 2019 Jack31415

We decided to stay at the Drake as a staycation after hearing about how beautiful and historic it's supposed to be. Unfortunately, we do not believe that it lived up to the hype, and we won't be back. In our room, the carpet was torn, a mismatched hole was cut out of the wall with a framed painting hung over the hole but not actually covering the… Read more
We decided to stay at the Drake as a staycation after hearing about how beautiful and historic it's supposed to be. Unfortunately, we do not believe that it lived up to the hype, and we won't be back. In our room, the carpet was torn, a mismatched hole was cut out of the wall with a framed painting hung over the hole but not actually covering the seams, there was a cobweb hanging from the ceiling, and the paint on our door was peeling. Near the check out desk, I was admiring the woodwork when I noticed a large white stain through the ceiling and through the woodwork. I understand that it's a huge hotel that must have a ridiculous amount of upkeep, however, this was not adequate. We had the breakfast buffet at the Cafe on Oak which was lovely and the sole reason for the third star. Read less
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May 19, 2019 Penelope E

We didn't stay at the Drake but we absolutely LOVED the bar. It's small and tucked into the corner of this beautiful room. The service is above excellence and our bartender knew when to approach and when to stay back...that's an art.