We stayed here July 16-18. Though it's an older hotel, the Drake has been renovated and kept up very well. It still has that charm of an older, exclusive hotel, but the rooms are big and have new furnishings (including flat screen tvs). We stayed in a king room and the bedding was very comfortable. We didn't use WiFi but were told it was available in our room on the 5th floor. The hotel is a totally non-smoking hotel.
The lobby is smaller than most lobbies these days but is very beautiful. Just a few steps up from the lobby is the Palm Court, which is where they serve afternoon tea and seemed to have some sort of music (piano, harpist, etc). There's a also a full bar in that area.
Located at the top of N. Michigan Ave., the Drake is directly across the street from Bloomingdales and the other shops on Michigan are nearby. The Hancock building is a block away and the Water Tower Place mall is 2 blocks away.
Overall, the service was great. We had plenty of towels, check in was quick and easy, check out can be done by phone from your room. Taxis are always available right outside the front door. The El station is a few blocks away on Chicago Ave.
I highly recommend this hotel. On the next block over, we ate at The Grill and Cafe Med, both of which were casual but had great, upscale food and a nice wine list. Both also had sidewalk seating. We came across the restaurant Feast, which was also good, but the service was a bit slow. If nightlife is your thing, the Wit hotel near the loop has a great rooftop bar called Roof. Very trendy with fire pits and a great view of the city. The crowd was all ages who were dressed in everything from shorts and t-shirts to summer dresses. Of course, if you want Chicago deep dish pizza, check out Giordano's. It's nearby on Rush.
- 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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