comscore

The Drake

140 E. Walton Place, Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL 60611
Hotel Class:
Check Prices
Been here

Tribes: Who likes this place?

Who Likes This Place?

What the scores mean:
These scores tell you how well-liked a place is in each Tribe. Gogobot Tribes are groups who share a certain travel style, like Family Travelers or History Buffs.

Which Gogobot Tribe do you belong to? Join now

  • 98%
    History Buffs
  • 69%
    Luxury Travelers
  • 68%
    Trendsters
  • 68%
    Foodies

Member Reviews (18)Write a review

Local Culture
Sort by
  • The DrakePro 2014
    Mel S Wong
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Business Travelers
    + 5
    • Foodies
    • Luxury Travelers
    • History Buffs
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers
    5 May 10, 2014

    the Drake is a classic and more traditional hotel conveniently located near the Michigan ave shopping area. The ambiance of the hotel is old school but the rooms are kept fresh and clean and do not feel "old", just classic. Many of the higher floor rooms will offer a wonderful view of the lake.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Allie C
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Budget Travelers
    Foodies
    + 5
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers
    5 Jan 27, 2014

    When we walked into the Drake Hotel, I was overwhelmed with emotion. When you walk in your surrounded by history. While the hotel has been renovated and somewhat modernized, it has maintained its 1920s elegant feel. I felt like our hotel was one of the Sights on our trip. Imagining Princess Diana walking in the lobby years ago was a treat.

    PROS: Hotel staff are friendly and professional. We got a great deal on our room rate through Expedia, so we were really happy about that. The Drake is located in a fantastic area along Michigan Ave. We could walk almost anywhere we needed to go. It was a fantastic location to be in.

    CONS:The hotel puts a $300 charge on your account upon checking and only returns it after you leave and don't use any of the goods or services you can purchase in the hotel. We didn't know that before checked in and both had a daily limit on our cards. We had planned to do quite a bit of shopping after we checked in and didn't appreciate having to forfeit some of our daily limit that day for charges we weren't going to need. We didn't use the mini bar or any of the other services because we were only at the hotel for sleeping.

    My ADVICE: Use the Concierge. They are friendly and helpful, especially if you're not a regular Chicago visitor. He directed us to the best pizza in town and the easiest way to get around town.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Vince Nigito
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Budget Travelers
    5 Jun 01, 2013

    The Drake is fancy living in a way that I thought only existed in movies until I went to the Drake. They got high ceilings, chandeliers, ornate carpeting. Soft inoffensive piano music, played live, follows you as you make your way around the lobby. It’s easy to get lost in this place. It’s hard to believe that they’re as pet friendly as they are, but they love dogs here. They looooove them. The staff is incredibly friendly, surprisingly, even to people not wearing suit jackets. It’s easy to feel like the President when you are here, sort of because the rooms have an Oval Office-y feel to them. The Drake, in addition to being a Chicago landmark, sits at the start of the magnificent mile. If you haven’t gotten enough shopping done on the first floor of the hotel, you can rest easy knowing that anything you’re looking for is a mile or less away.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Derek D
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Foodies
    + 3
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Trendsters
    4 Jul 15, 2014

    I have never stayed at the Drake, however I have ate New Year's Day brunch there. It was fantastic and the ambiance at the hotel only added to the experience.

    Recommended for:FoodiesLuxury TravelersTrendsters
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • The DrakePro 2014
    Joseph Coureur
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Business Travelers
    Foodies
    4 Jul 24, 2014

    Coming south along Lakeshore or the bike path takes you directly toward their brilliant red sign spelling out "Drake" in their distinctive script. At Ohio Street Beach, the Drive and the path veers to the east to go around this historical hotel. Ask for a room facing north.

    Since the hotel is at the top of Michigan Avenue, you're close to the Magnificent Mile and much of Chicago's nightlife and high end shopping.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Connie Pistilli
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Foodies
    + 5
    • Luxury Travelers
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers
    4 Apr 24, 2012
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Priya Kasi
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Budget Travelers
    Business Travelers
    + 4
    • Family Travelers
    • Foodies
    • Vegetarian
    • Green Travelers
    3 Apr 19, 2012
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • The DrakePro 2014
    Ally Wu
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 2
    • Wellness
    • Luxury Travelers
    3 Jun 16, 2014

    Drake is such an institution! I had been wanting to stay there ever since I find out about it. I finally got a deal and stayed there. I was a bit disappointing I have to say. The lobbies are gorgeous and the shops are glamorous. However, the myth buster moment came when I opened the door to my room. It was tiny and old and not in a charming way. I am glad I stayed there, but I am not dying to go back.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Margaret Seelie
    4 Jul 26, 2012

    If you want to stay somewhere famous, The Drake is the place for you! Not only has this extravagant hotel starred in movies like What Women Want, Mission: Impossible, and Risky Business, it has also hosted Princess Diana. Even my grandmother tells me stories of when she and my grandpa stayed here decades ago.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Mathias Kruck
    5 Jul 26, 2014

    A beautiful old hotel with a lot of flair. If you prefer the 'W' style, you might not like this, but it is nice to stay at places with some history. This is by no means run down, it's still quite luxurious, but has patina at the same time, in a good way.

    Recommended for:Luxury TravelersHistory Buffs
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Carrie Miller
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    The Drake is an icon, a Lake Shore Drive landmark, and as such, people tend to give the place the benefit of the doubt. Depending on your perspective and attitude, this hotel is a timeless romantic classic or a bit dated and worn at the heels. I’m of the former persuasion, and I marvel at the mirrored elevators with leather benches – just in case you need to go into a swoon. The elegant ballroom and the beautiful bar and the lake and city views from this hotel are all certainly swoon-worthy. I love the giant vases of fireworks shaped flowers and that there are three restaurants and a high tea on offer. I can certainly see the perspective of those who aren’t thrilled with paying $13 for internet service that is not wireless, the scuffs on some of the aging dark wood furnishings and the occasional unsightly stain on aging wall treatments. The walls and doors are also of the less soundproofed thickness, so be prepared to hope your neighbors are getting along well – but not too well! All in all, it’s a special occasion hotel and if you view it with the appropriate rose-colored perspective, it’s a dreamy time.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Robert Tisdale
    4 Jun 30, 2014

    The Drake is impressive, all lit up at night while you are driving to it on Lakeshore Drive, with its red neon sign glowing at you. It almost feels Medieval when you first approach it with a dragon perched outside the doorway. The first thing I was drawn to was curio case with a whole miniature mechanical lit-up circus with a carousel in a case on the wall. They also had the biggest flower arrangement I have ever seen in the dining room. It was really unique. Everything felt antique-y and 20th century. There was a little couch in one of the elevators, and we guessed that it there was in case you drank too much you could then just rest there awhile. The suite was huge and rustic. It would be a great place to have a party or a meeting because there is so much open space. The room also had the best view of the beach you could ever want.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • The Drake
    ualfadawn
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    It is one of the cities most famous historical buildings. Be sure to enjoy the ambience with dinner at this 5 star elegant establishment.North end of Mich. Ave.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Mark Waldron
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Have a drink in the Pump Room.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Dustin Wright
    Member of
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Business Travelers
    Foodies
    + 2
    • Wellness
    • Adventure Travelers
    4 Sep 07, 2012
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Justin Rand
    4 Jun 21, 2011
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Janice Galli
    5 Jun 12, 2012
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • The Drake
    Terry Otter
    5 Dec 04, 2011
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
Pick Dates for Best Prices:
Showing Lowest Prices

OverviewEdit

4.5 out of 5
18 members' reviews
Excellent! - 86% of guests recommend
  • Phone:

    +1-888-271-2681

Description

The Drake is at the apex of Magnificent Mile shopping, its iconic sign prominent to those traveling south on Lake Shore Drive. Nearby attractions include Navy Pier, Oakton Street Beach and Millennium Park.

Features:
Dining options include the upscale Drake Bros. and seafood eatery Cape Cod. The COQ d'OR offers comfort food in a bar setting and Palm Court hosts a high tea each afternoon. Room service

... read more
is open Sunday to Thursday 6am -1am and Friday- Saturday 6am to 2am for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverage service.

Guest Rooms:
The Drake has 535 rooms and 74 suites. Guest rooms have city views and lake views. Beds have pillowtop mattresses and luxury linens, with hypo allergenic pillows by request. All rooms have 32-inch flat panel TVs and iPod docking stations can be requested from the Concierge Desk. Complimentary newspaper delivery includes USA Today Monday through Friday, and Chicago Tribune Saturday and Sunday. Nightly turndown service with chocolate. Rooms have minibars and hair dryers. A limited number of refrigerators are available upon request.



Notifications and Fees:

  • Children 18 and under incur no extra charges when staying with parents in their rooms. Daily rate for high speed internet is $12.95. Parking fees are valet $50 and $35 for self-park. Late checkout until 4 p.m. is day extra charge and full day extra charge past 4 p.m. Pets are permitted with a required $75 cleaning fee, and maximum 75 pounds. Rollaway beds are $30 nightly.

Amenities:

  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Data Ports
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Voicemail
  • Electronic Room Keys
  • In-House Bar
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Clothing Iron
  • In-House Dining
  • Wake Up Service
  • Safe
  • Mini Bar In Room

Reviews Summary

Excellent!1803 reviews across the web.

  • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • Guests recommend this hotel for business travelers.
  • Location
    98% liked the proximity to shopping.
  • Ambiance
    92% were fond of the entertainment options.
  • Service
    90% found the staff to be very friendly.
  • Hotel
    89% thought it was clean.
  • Hotel Building
    77% enjoyed the lobby entrance.
  • Food
    75% found the breakfast to be wonderful.

Nearby Hotels

Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Avg. rating:
9 reviews
Park Hyatt Chicago
Park Hyatt Chicago
Avg. rating:
11 reviews
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
Avg. rating:
9 reviews
View all Nearby Hotels

Nearby Attractions

John Hancock Center
John Hancock Center
Avg. rating:
117 reviews
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
Avg. rating:
23 reviews
Water Tower Place
Water Tower Place
Avg. rating:
27 reviews
View all Nearby Attractions

Nearby Restaurants

The Signature Room at the 95th
The Signature Room at the 95th
Avg. rating:
33 reviews
Sprinkles Cupcakes Chicago
Sprinkles Cupcakes Chicago
Avg. rating:
8 reviews
View all Nearby Restaurants