Drake Hotel - Chicago

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

140 E. Walton Place, Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, 60611, United States

10 Reviews

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Satisfaction Very Good
Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 22% more than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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  • Couples81
  • Solo86
  • Business75
  • not new but not bad


    No bell service on check in as they were all hiding somewhere and I let the desk know and suddenly there were 4 or 5 available. We also did not get the reserved room but they took care of a credit immediately.
    This is a great location and we enjoyed our stay. The rooms are clean and the hotel functions very well. We noticed others complained about service but we did not encounter any problems. We enjoyed our stay and walked from the hotel to many places which is nice instead of needing a cab everytime out. Cabs are available right in front and we would definitely stay here again inf we return to Chicago.
    Great great city with friendly people and we must thank DABS for her guiding us through so many pre-trip questions and fears. We loved Chicago

    Unique Quality: location,location, location

    Directions: hotel, office and apartment district and great shopping area on Michigan Ave



    We booked a room for Valentine's Day -
    the hotel itself looks lovely. Our room - it was "ok" - but certainly not elegant like we expected.
    The bed had no top sheet - just a coverlet - so we had to call for one
    There were no robes as were advertised - and even though we called we never received.
    The hotel fridge was warm - and even though we called it was never taken care of
    There was a brown "splash" on the wall/chair rail by the bed - made you wondered what else wasn't cleaned.
    The brunch that was included was good - fresh fruit & coffee was the best - not a great selection for the charge of over $50.

    We felt we got more "bang for our buck" and expectations met when we stayed at the Embassy Suites.

    Unique Quality: close to Michigan Ave

  • deecat's Profile Photo

    Traditional Elegance At Its Best


    Since we were staying about two blocks away from the historic Drake Hotel and since Allan's parents spent their honeymoon at the Drake Hotel a few years after it opened in 1920, we decided to give it a visit.

    Everything that you read about this luxury hotel is to be believed. After the Drake family leased the hotel in 1933 for ten years to the Kirkeby Chain [who maintained it for military lodging], it reverted back to the family again. Then, in 1979, The beautiful Drake Hotel was purchased by Jupiter Industries and was leased to Hilton International. In 2003, The Drake Hotel had a $45 million dollar renovation. It was then that this grand old lady gained its splendor again.

    The rooms are luxurious but the suites are opulent. People who stay here always say that it has the best service and world-class amenities.

    The hotel has plenty of dining options:

    The Palm Court has live entertainment and serves a traditional English Afternoon Tea. There is also cocktail service.

    The Drake Brothers has incredible views of Lake Michigan and highly-rated steaks as well as an international wine list.

    The Cape Cod Room is perhaps the most well known. It has wonderful seafood and has won numerous awards.

    Coq d' Or has a fine bar and a variety of food.

    Executive Lounge is a PRIVATE LOUNGE on the Executive floor.

    Club International is a PRIVATE DINING SPACE in an English motif, but is "members only".

    Unique Quality: The hotel has Fitness Center, Business Center, and Wireless Connectivity.

    Many rooms have a Lakefront View.

    The Drake Hotel has earned such a fine reputation all over the world that it is regularly visted by heads of nations, royalty, and hollywood celebrities.

    Expect to pay "top dollar" when staying at The Drake.

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    Old Grand Dame


    A nice Classic hotel. Must have a drink at the Coq d'Or bar and say hello to the bartender Bob!

    Unique Quality: Great view of lake Michigan!

    Directions: The Gold Coast

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    Luxury and history


    Drake hotel was opened in 1920. The lobby, paneled in marble and oak, is graced with grand chandeliers, elegant red carpets and a magnificent fountain. When prohibition ended in 1933, in hotel's piano bar was served second drink in Chicago

    Directions: On Magnificent Mile (North Michigan Street)

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    Ok, so you want to spend some money while you are staying in CHI-TOWN!!! No better place to blow a couple months paycheck than the DRAKE!!! Awsome hotel!!! It has got eveything that you would want, it is in the heart of CHICAGO and has rooms that (if it weren't that you were in Chicago) you don't want to leave!!!

    The room service is expensive, but after a night of going crazy and the bars... you need it!!! They bring it to you like you are royalty... for me that works!!!

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    The Drake - Only for the experience


    Ah,The Drake. Personally, I'd never heard of the place until the film 'Mission Impossible' and was quite dissapointed that the Bible in our room was not stamped!! Talking of the rooms they are pricey and fairly basic - this is no 'W' or Hard Rock. However, given all of that the location is superb and so is the history so I still think the seasoned Chicago traveller must stop here at least once!

    Unique Quality: So much history. You are almost certainly likely to stay on doors away from where the King of TImbuktoo stayed or where some document or other was discussed or signed. Check out the unique history books in the room for more details

    Directions: Top of Michigan

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    Luxury on the Lake


    This is the classic historic Chicago hotel after the Palmer House. Its location overlooking the lake gives it immediate appeal. The Palm Court is a traditional location for afternoon tea.

  • Historic Hotel


    Very nice, upscale hotel. Well located on Michigan
    Avenue. Lacks some up-to-date features but very stylish. Air conditioning didn't work as well as I would have liked, but the front desk was very helpful and provided a small floor fan. The hotel restaurant is very nice with wonderful views of the lake. The employees are very helpfull and polite. The ambiance of the hotel is very impressive and clean. If you don't have to have powerfull air conditioning then this hotel is worth looking into.

    Unique Quality: Great views, good location, great ambiance and rich history. The restaurants in the hotel are very nice, the Cape Cod room has a bar were famous personallities have etched their names, ie. Marilyn Monroe.

    Directions: North Michigan Avenue

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    Old-Fashioned Splendor


    The Drake has an elegance that's impossible to duplicate today. From the wainscoting in the wide hallways to the mail chutes and classic elevator doors on each floor, there are vintage delights everywhere, especially in the ornate lobby. This is one of the best places in Chicago to get married (which I did this past November). I love that some of the elevators have benches in them. We were married in the Gold Coast Ballroom with its marble columns, mirrors, chandeliers and views of Lake Michigan/LSD.

    We stayed in the Presidential Suite- where dignitaries and movie stars and Princess Diana have stayed. The place is palatial. In addition to a living room with 2 fire places, a separate dining room, mable foyer, there is a kitchen, separate powder room and very large bedroom. The views are spectacular! We woke up looking out over Lake Michigan.

    Unique Quality: For all its historic splendor, the Drake offers all the amenities that guests have come to expect in a premium modern hotel, such as mini-bars, modem lines, bathrobes and complimentary newspapers.

    Its 537 rooms are large and luxurious and contain separate seating areas and foyers. One of the complaints is that the rooms are quite small. I would say that the rooms themselves are spacious but the bathrooms are quite small.

    There is a fitness center in the hotel- al beit a small one. The hotel has reciprical agreement with Equinox in the Bloomingdales building- so I would recommend heading over there for a good workout. All the rooms are wired for high-speed internet access. The phones are all dual-line, have speaker phones and caller ID.

    Directions: Across from Bloomingdales. A half block from the beach. Down the street from the Mag Mile (shopping)

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Forum Posts

Thanksgiving Parade

by sjb80

We are planning to go to the Thanksgiving Parade this year, and would like to know if anyone has any idea how early should we get there to get a really good spot to see everything.

Re: Thanksgiving Parade

by muthdog

We went 2 years ago (coldest parade in 50 years!!) and got there about an hour ahead. Had a great spot on State St. by a beautiful hotel, can't remember the name, maybe the Drake Hotel. There was a nice drug store there too that let you come in to get warmed up. Beware the bus systems change routes due to the parade. I'd suggest shelling out cab fare so you get there at the time you want to.


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Address: 140 E. Walton Place, Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, 60611, United States