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The Drake, A Hilton Hotel
Ranked #80 of 191 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 August 2014

With our Amtrak arriving late (by about 400 minutes) and missing our connection to NYC, we had to find a place to stay in Chicago. A friend recommended the Drake, a classic hotel with some great history.
The check-in staff was great, efficient, and able to answer questions as needed, though they could not help(and neither could the concierge service) with getting us tickets to NYC as early as possible for the next day.
The room we booked was small and a tad old, just below the executive floor, and would have benefitted from some refurbishment. The hotel has the feel of past grandeur, but it really needs some remaking to attract the clientele back.

We paid about $150 in January, but I don't think I would pay any more than that for a standard double room, especially with some many hotels nearby offering more modern and better fitted furnishings.
It was a nice experience to stay at this hotel, where so many famous visitors stayed in the past, including princess Diana.

Room Tip: Get the room with a view over the lake! It's terrific!
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

The Drake is a classic hotel. The public areas are well done and classy. The guest rooms could use a refresh as they start to show the hotels age. Everything is clean - no worries there. It's just some of the bathroom fixtures are dated and the rooms soft goods could be modernized while paying respect to the legacy that is the Drake.

Great service in the pub... menu is perfect for a light or late bite. Staff is very attentive. Can't be the location at all!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

The Drake Hotel is not for those who want ultra-modern. This is a classic, older hotel that is updated, clean, classy and priceless. We enjoyed a fantastic experience last week in Chicago and The Drake Hotel made it that much better. Fantastic food, people, bar scene.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

The hotel is an upscale swanky style place. It is a great place for a special trip with a significant other. The hotel's location is great if you wish to stay near the lake side. The hotel was a fair walk from many of the downtown restaurants - but there is no problem getting a taxi. The hotel is pretty much at the end of the magnificent mile so shopping is in easy access.

Room Tip: ask to get a lake-view rooom
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is a very nice hotel in my opinion. It has it all: a great location on the magnificent mile, great lake views and the rooms very plenty spacious. If you are going to be in downtown Chicago it is definitely worth a visit. I would gladly stay again next time I visit.

Room Tip: I would suggest a higher floor with a room facing the lake. Its really a nice view!!!
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

I was there for a weekend conference. We utilized not only the rooms, but some of the meeting rooms, restaurant, Gold Coast room, food, and bar areas. Everything was fantastic! Can not think of a single thing to comment negatively about. Rooms were very comfy and clean, food was spectacular, meeting rooms were comfortable and well set up, front desk staff, concierge, and bellman were polite and helpful. I would return again.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Stayed there for the first time and was a very positive experience. 1940's theme very classy. Some of the elevators even have a sofa! My room was fully updated with modern technology (flat screen LCD TV's, flawless wireless connection). Conveniently located to Michigan Ave. and Navy Pier and major shopping.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled on business
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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
#50 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
Price Range: £112 - £348 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Drake, A Hilton 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, A Hilton 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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