This Grand old hotel is like an old Duchess, she may look a little old world round the edges, but she's all class when you take a closer look! From arriving and going up the staircase to the reception desk you know your not in a standardised modern chain hotel. The place has some grand and historical features. Try afternoon tea in the Palm Court or a cocktail/beer in the Coq d'or and you get a feeling of the history and class of the place.
We booked a British Airways package, that included a lake view room. The room 129 was large, comfortable and had a good bathroom. However, certain things let it Down. Firstly, the room had a poor view of the lake, due to its first floor level, we could just about see it through the trees over the road. Secondly, first floor rooms on the lake side are subject to noise from the roof top air conditioning units. This may cause some people problems, but we found it bearable and didn't loose sleep. Rooms on this side of the hotel are also subject to traffic noise from Lake Shore drive! So if noise is an issue for you avoid lower floors at the rear of the hotel!
Although the bathroom was good we did have problems. Firstly, the sink blocked up. This was dealt with promptly by maintenance, so no complains. But hot water was an issue during our stay. Although it was adequate for showering it was not hot enough for taking a bath. Also in a hotel of this standard why was there no shower gel or bathrobes?
My last small moan is not just directed at the The Drake. I can't understand why hotels still charge for WiFi. It's free in airport lounges, coffee shops etc. why charge $12.95 it takes a little
Gloss of the establishment in my opinion! A plus point is that our room had tea and coffee making facilities, a first in my experience for American hotels.
However, the hotel is still a great place to stay when in Chicago and retains a feeling of grand hotels of the passed. Service was excellent and helpful. Location is good and not far from b
Bloomingdales and the Hancock building,
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Drake Hotel Chicago
- Hilton Hotels Chicago
- Chicago Drake Hotel
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