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“Historic Hotel”
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The Drake Hotel
Ranked #78 of 189 Hotels in Chicago
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25 reviews
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“Historic Hotel”
Reviewed 3 June 2012

Beautiful Historic Hotel. Rooms was very comfortable.Staff was efficient and pleasant. Very close to Navy Pier .

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

Stayed at the The Drake - Hilton Hotel in Chicago for 3 nights for a conference. What can I say - everything was wonderful!! The smiling efficient staff who checked me in early, the complimentary plate of chocolates & bottled water delivered because I am a HHonors member, a knowledgeable Concierge desk who not only made great referrals but heated up my leftovers, loaned me an umbrella, and printed out my boarding passes. Room was not only elegant and spotless but updated with a flat screen tv and Peter Roth toiletries. WiFi worked 99% of the time, hotel and conference rooms are simply beautiful. Hotel is centrally located to shopping and great restaurants. Thanks for making this Southern girl feel right at home and completely safe. I've recommended that we meet there again!!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2012

It was our First visit to CHicago and we stayed at the Drake for a coference. Can't be disappointed. Excellent location, nice restaurant and ambiance, we all felt like the royal family... The rooms were huge, 2 bathroom in each one, marvelous visit. The gym was large and well equipped relative to other hotels, but no swimming pool, shame. Otherwise. Excellent.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2012

I was very excited to go on my first trip to Chicago and stay at what I thought was a historic and beautiful hotel, but quickly found out historic was another word for OLD. The air conditioning in are room did not work and they did nothing to fix it. In fact we left the hotel early because we couldn't sleep in the hot room and they would let us out a day early and charged us for it. My biggest problem was the hotel manager. It was obvious that he didn't respect me as a woman and did nothing but talk down to me. I travel a lot and he was by far the rudest hotel manager I have ever encountered. The Super 8 Motel is a better choice.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

I have been coming to this property for decades and have never been disappointed in terms of the accomodations, the staff, or the amenities. No matter where your room is located, you will experience comfort, a clean room, and outstanding service. One of three best hotels in Chicago.

Room Tip: Walk a ways to enjoy some of the sites, then catch a cab and visit Michigan Avenue. The view of the...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

We stayed at this iconic hotel in April. It has a fantastic location at the end of Michigan Avenue and wonderful classic function rooms. The staff are friendly and helpful. On the downside the bathrooms are way out of date and need modernising, as does the noisy AC system. The double glazing does not block out the noise (and being near NorthWestern Hospital means you have ambualance sirens at 4am) and in 2012 wifi is still only available in the common areas. Most people staying appear to be attending a function at the hotel or an a deal. With so many up to speed modern hotels at the other end of Michigan Avenue, Hilton need to spend some money and restore this hotel to its former glory.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the lake.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2012

I have stayed at the Drake on 4 occasions now and still like it. While the rooms are showing their age they have been updated with new TVs, efficient A/C and nice beds. The downer is the details such as carpeting, wood work and layout.

The location is top notch and is great for exploring everything north of the loop.

The restaurants and tea in the hotel are legendary and it almost begs you not to go anywhere else.

For a high class trip to Chicago this place is on the short list.

Room Tip: The executive lounge is wonderful. Stunning views, good food and fast WiFi!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Drake Hotel
Address: 140 E. Walton Place, Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL 60611-1501
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Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Magnificent Mile , Near North Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#35 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#39 Family Hotel in Chicago
#49 Business Hotel in Chicago
#49 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Drake Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 535
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
No other Chicago hotel has inspired more legendary acclaim on par with The Drake. This timeless property affords guests easy access to the city's most exclusive shopping, nightlife and dining.A fully equipped fitness/wellness center, business center and meeting rooms are available (surcharge). The stunning Gold Coast Room can accommodate 600 guests.Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel is as Chicago as a hot dog at Wrigley Field or a ride on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. High society has always recognized The Drake Hotel as the quintessential social hotspot. Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth and the Empress of Japan have all been seen in the Palm Court.Though The Drake has progressed both architecturally and technologically over the past 93 years, the roots of The Drake Hotel run deep beneath Lake Shore Drive into Real Chicago. ... more   less 
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