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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Drake Hotel Chicago
- Hilton Hotels Chicago
- Chicago Drake Hotel
- Drake Hotel Chicago