Chicago >Lodging > The Drake Hotel
140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061141.900016 -87.623887
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
A classic, old school Chicago hotel, The Drake is located just off Michigan Avenue. The hotel is famous for tea at Palm Court and the dark and cozy Coq d'Or.
The Palm Court is one of the prettiest places in the whole city, and, for the right couple, High Tea at The Drake might make the perfect daytime getaway. It's tasty, boozy (if you want) and if you're feeling extra romantic, you can always get a room for the night...
My dad worked in the kitchen of the Oak Brook location when he was in high school, so this place has always held a sweet spot in my heart... but staying there made it even sweeter.
Great Place for High Tea! Between the elegance of the DRAKE and the harpist, it is a true delight!
A grand old hotel in a grand location – This place is beautiful from the outside, but some of the rooms are quite dated. The location at the north end of Michigan Ave, with the lakefront path and Oak Street beach steps away, is perfect.
Old fashioned. Just the way I like it – I always stey at the Drake when visiting the windy city. You get what you pay for.
One on the few classics that still stick out in a scenery with high-rises and busy streets.
Comfort and luxury.
To much for a Drake – I was expecting so high class hotel, but it did have a funky old smell to it. Maybe they need to seal the brick walls from the rooms. I dont know, all i know is it was creapy. I rather have stayed at The W.
Such a Beautiful Place – The Drake Hotel has been around for a very long time, and is actually a place where I enjoyed my Senior Prom. It is a very historical in its architecture, in its longevity, and all that it offers. It is very spacious, being a venue for alot of special occasions in their ballrooms. It is located close by Lake Michigan so it offers nice views.
Floating on it's reputation – My partner and I enjoy fine hotels, and often when we need a break we'll spend a weekend or an overnight at a fine hotel. Who doesn't want to feel luxury once in a while? We had high expectations for the Drake b/c of it's princess Diana reputation. We were EXTREMELY let down. The greeting staff was messy and rude, they make you stand in a line then call you up like cattle. The lobby is tacky, looked and smelled old. Once we got into the room, the carpet had stains on it, and the bathroom was NOT clean. The room smelled like there was mildew growing somewhere. We wanted to run away screaming, but chose to stay positive and look at another room. After our complaints and an unnecessary amount of convincing the front desk upgraded our room. We thought for sure we'd like it. But again, yuck yuck yuck. It was matted down, stained carpet, smelly old linens and a dirty bathroom. The room looked like it hadn't been touched since the early 80's. Or like a set to a 70's adult film. There was even a murphey bed in the wall...gross and creepy. We just coudn't stay. While checking out there was a prom exiting, with wild, loud, tackily dressed teenagers dominating the lobby. And they were rude to us when we requested our money back and kept saying, "Well, we know it's not a new hotel...and if you're looking for newer and more modern this isn't it." Nothing about this place is refined or even classically old. It's just gross. Like they stopped caring once Princess Diana stayed there. I suggest saving your money and staying somewhere else.
Amazing Historic Hotel! Perfect Chicago Location! – This is my favorite hotel in Chicago! I have stayed at over 20 different places and this one is amazing! Very historic and beautiful inside. Very romantic ambiance. Great access to Michigan Avenue too.
THE best hotel in town – Old world charm. this is not some ny buyout and redo, this hotel is every bit of a showplace as it was 50 years ago. Stay the night or just have tea or drinks you won't be sorry
Guests in search of old-fashioned splendor find it in spades at this world-famous Magnificent Mile hotel. – The Scene
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, there are vintage delights everywhere, especially in the ornate lobby. Lounge lovers will enjoy the clubby, intimate Coq d'Or. Also on the arcade level are many high-end shops including George Mangel florists, Chanel, Georg Jensen Jewelers and W.H. Smith gift and sundry shop.
For all its historic splendor, the Drake offers all the amenities that guests have come to expect in a premium modern hotel, such as minibars, 24-hour room service, modem lines, a fitness room and complimentary newspapers. Its 537 guest rooms are large and luxurious and have separate seating areas and foyers; suites offer views of the city or the lake.
a great hotel – the drake is just beautiful. it's my #1 place to go for afternoon tea... especially during the holiday season when it's decked out (even though it's more packed then). i've been there with my boyfriend for afternoon tea on our anniversary... and also with my mother and sister for our ladies' day in chicago. the finger sandwiches are delicious, as well as the french pastries. the english breakfast tea is my favorite. i can't say enough about trying this hotel for afternoon tea. :)
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