Chicago >The Drake Hotel
140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061141.900016 -87.623887
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, Central
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.
Caveat Emptor! – I attempted to cancel a room reservation with this hotel 2 months before my scheduled trip, and was told that the entire amount (which had been debited from my credit card by that time) was non-refundable. Please do not patronize this hotel, or any other hotel with such restrictive cancellation policies. As consumers, we need to stand up for our rapidly shrinking pool of rights.
Luxury in the Windy City! – My husband, daughter, and I stayed three nights at The Drake. We booked an Executive Room with access to the Executive Lounge. The superbly-decorated room had a king-sized bed, sofa, mini-bar.
The Lounge had views of Lake Michigan. Breakfast was juice, bagels, eggs, lox. Evening canapes were cheeses, shrimp, chicken drumettes with homemade blue cheese sauce. Did I mention happy hour?
The staff was courteous. Problems were fixed immediately. (The handle to the closet which housed my dress for dinner jammed, but maintenance came to our room within five minutes.)
We paid $950--a steal considering everything. Recommended: dinner at Drake Bros.' with its mouth-watering steaks; Coq d'Or for after-dinner drinks.(Try the Executive Martini. It's $14, but one of the best I've ever had).
We'll definitely stay at The Drake again. What other hotel offers mini-bathrobes, slippers, & turn-down service with milk and cookies for a two year old?
Drake Hotel – Absolutely fabulous hotel. Large and filled with old world charm and service. A million miles away from the antiseptic chain hotels I encounter on a regular basis. Superb location by the magnificent mile and bordering on the lake.
The Best of the Best – The Drake Hotel is without a doubt the finest hotel in the city. The classic elegance can't be matched anywhere. Everything was perfect for my three night stay. The food was also extrodinary. The stay was a dream for the moment we entered the main lobby to see a beautifully restored regel lobby. Emploies were helpful and friendly and added to the splendor of this hotel which was one of the first on Michigan Ave. The views from our lakeside room were stunning and a delight to see after waking from an excellent sleep the night before. I thank the Drake for the greatest experience I have ever had at a hotel.
Elegant and Comfortable – On a little weekend getaway, we stayed at this glamorous hotel. The decor of this place left us in awe. The staff was pleasant and serving. The concierge was extremely helpful in assisting us to where and what we were looking for.
We had a lake-view room and, granted it's frozen, gave us a beautiful view - what we were looking for. The room is elegant and, but, a room. The high-speed internet TV for $11 (for 24 hrs) was handy ... using it to gain access to this site :-) Mini-bar, nice bathroom, and real comfortable bed and pillows.
Got good internet price to hotel. We enjoyed it.
The wonderful Drake Hotel. – The "Drake Hotel", is the best there is because they have good room quality,service,amenties,good value,and overall they are the best.
Total Class – I approached our recent stay with some trepidation, wondering whether we'd find frayed, psuedo-elegance. Wrong! The lobby is gorgeously restored, featuring a breathtaking autumn arragement. Every staff member I dealt with was competent and friendly. The room seemed tiny for what we've come to expect, but it was PERFECT--including a fabulous bed. We only spent one night, but it was so great, it felt like a real vacation!
Believe This Review – I wonder what hotel other reviewers actually visited that slammed the staff at the Drake. We made our reservation through Priceline for $99. From check-in to check-out, everyone was friendly and helpful. Our bags arrived in our room about 5 min after check-in. The front-desk person was bubbly and friendly. Two other housekeeping requests also came in less than 5 minutes. When we checked-out, the bell hop was at our room in less than 5 minutes. See a pattern? Overall the staff was friendly and concerned we were enjoying our stay. That all said, our room was just OK. We did get a non-smoking King. The bathroom was very nice. The room had a walk-in closet. But the room smelled old (it is) and the climate control wasn't very effective. Had we paid $250, we probably would not have been as happy.
old world style, staff – The absolute worst front desk staff I have ever dealt with, they were rude beyond belief. No smiles, not friendly and probably all wish they were somewhere else. After the rude reception, I took the unairconditioned elevator to my room, the only room in the entire hotel that was available, so I was told. The room was rundown, the airconditioner rattled all night, but did keep the room cool. the public areas were nice and I had great service and a meal in the Cap Cod Room. Overall, with so many good hotels In Chicago, why bother with this dump. If you want Old world class, try the Hilton or Whitehall.
The best! – The Drake is the best hotel in town! We were pampered from check in to the time we were leaving. All staff were very friendly, they took their time to talk to you and made us feel really special.
Thank you! We will be back.
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