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- 98%History Buffs
- 79%Luxury Travelers
- 70%Local Culture
- 70%Art & Design Lovers
- 60%Business Travelers
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- The DrakeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Aug 19, 2014
I stayed just down the street at the Waldoff Astoria. The Drake is about two city blocks closer to the action of Michigan Ave. It is also surrounded by shopping and elegance. Whereas the entrance to the Waldoff Astoria is across from a Walgreens. Nothing glamorous there..., but its location is better. From what I could tell they both cater to money and every guest is treated like a rock star. The Drake is American luxury at its finest.Recommended for:
- The DrakeJul 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:
- The DrakeMember ofLuxury TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 5May 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.
- The DrakeMember ofLuxury TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 2Jun 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.
- The DrakeMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersJun 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.
- The DrakeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodiesJul 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:
- The DrakeJul 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.
- The DrakeMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 5Aug 01, 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:
- The DrakeAug 06, 2014
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.
- The DrakeJun 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.
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 is open Sunday to Thursday 6am -1am and Friday- Saturday 6am to 2am for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverage service.
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
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.
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- Fitness Center
- Room Service
- Data Ports
- Hair Dryer
- Air Conditioning
- Electronic Room Keys
- In-House Bar
- Meeting Rooms
- Clothing Iron
- In-House Dining
- Wake Up Service
- Mini Bar In Room
Excellent!1776 reviews across the web.
- Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
- Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
- Location97% liked the proximity to shopping.
- Ambiance92% were fond of the entertainment options.
- Service90% found the staff to be very friendly.
- Hotel89% thought it was clean.
- Hotel Building77% enjoyed the lobby entrance.
- Restaurant75% found the breakfast to be wonderful.