The Drake, a Hilton Hotel
What We Love
- The Prohibition-era Coq d’Or bar for the martinis, the red leather booths, and the jazz pianist
- Its excellent location on the Magnificent Mile, right across the street from Oak Street Beach
- The hotel has been featured in movies as diverse as Carol and My Best Friend’s Wedding
What To Know
- Afternoon high tea, served daily in the Palm Court and accompanied by a harpist, is a Chicago tradition worth sampling
- There’s a charge for WiFi, although it’s free for Hilton Honors members
- Ask for a north-facing room for views of Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Public areas are appropriately decadent for a hotel of this pedigree, with coffered ceilings, upholstered walls, and countless chandeliers. Everyone from Grace Kelly to Marilyn Monroe has walked through the Drake’s doors, and it’s easy to see why, with its Italian Renaissance-style period elegance. Guest rooms are more modern, with amenities like HDTVs, but still feature the occasional nod to the hotel’s historic status in the form of gilt mirrors and tasseled drapes, while family guest rooms come with two queen-sized beds and – a stroke of genius – a second bathroom. Downstairs, the nostalgic Cape Cod restaurant, where copper pots dangle from wooden beams, harkens back to the old days with a Mad Men-worthy menu of lobster thermidor, Dover sole, and clams casino.
In the Area
The Drake sits at the north end of the Magnificent Mile in the swanky Gold Coast neighborhood, within strolling distance of the area’s luxury shops as well as the fabulous collections of the Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s a mile and a half to the theater, ice rink, and art galleries of Millennium Park, whose forward-looking design and displays of public art have garnered international praise. A subway stop is a ten-minute walk from the hotel and 360 Chicago (formerly the John Hancock Observatory), with views from the 94th floor, is just a block away. Sporty types will love the proximity to the Lakefront Trail.
How to Get There
Great location, very spacey room, friendly staff. Older hotel so the bathroom was tiny, and we couldn’t believe that there was no mini fridge or microwave in our huge room. Great location, but you pay for it with the loud street noise. Other than that, we really enjoyed our stay.
My friend and I have visited the Drake many times, and always feel pampered and happy at the Drake. This time we had a large room with 2 queen beds and 2 full baths, overlooking Michigan Avenue (room 221). What a luxury! Comfortable beds, a refrigerator and coffee maker, and two closets. Thoughtful details like makeup mirrors in both bathrooms, and floor length mirrors on the closet doors. We did have an issue with a request we'd made, but the management did an excellent job making it right, and fast! We look forward to our next visit, including our traditional drinks in the Coq d'Or bar downstairs. Very pleasant front desk staff (thank you Dominique!) and door staff. So nice to enjoy the old world beauty of this landmark hotel.
Customer service made the trip for me. Little issue with the room upon arrival but they owned it and made it right. Mistakes will happen and issues will come up but acknowledgement and correction is key. They got this right. Location was great for our outing. One thing that was not up to par was the breakfast. We upgraded our room to include breakfast in the Executive lounge and we got this frittata which appeared to be boxed eggs with left over breakfast meats and veggies from the week. Was not terrible but not worth what we paid. Just because you choose to bake the boxed eggs in a pan instead of just scrambling does not make it better. You get better breakfast that included made to order omelets at Embassy Suites. Little selection; along the line of ecomomy hotel that serves continental breakfast.
Room was decent. I am not a big fan of nostalgia when it comes to hotels so the detail was not a factor to me but it was comfortable. Bar in the hotel was great as well as the service.
Overall, good stay but I would get a regular room and get breakfast in one of thier restaurants or go out to eat. Service was excellent.