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The Drake Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   140 E. Walton Place, Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL 60611 (Magnificent Mile)   |  
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Tucson, AZ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A great hotel in a great city!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I just had a nice weekend in Chicago to celebrate my birthday. Since it was a big birthday for me, we decided to splurge and get a Jr. Suite. This suite was amazing. Two bathrooms, a huge living room, separate king bedroom with excellent linens, etc. Since I was visiting friends, we enjoyed entertaining in the suite. The service was friendly and excellent from the moment we checked till we checked out this morning. When my husband ordered some wine for room service, he thought they said thirty minutes (not unusual). Instead he said 3 to 5 minutes. And the server was there in less than 5 minutes. We enjoyed the afternoon tea. First rate in every way. My only complaint is that there was no makeup mirror (my eyes aren't what they used to be) and a few pieces of furniture looked a little tired. I think it was a great value, and as a travel consultant, I think it would appeal many of my clients.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Recently my Wife and I spent some time in the beautiful city of Chicago.While there we stayed in the magnificent Drake Hotel.This hotel is a joy to behold with its old world decor beautiful flower arrangements with a harpist playing in the afternoon yet still completely up to date in all amenities.The staff were most helpful ,friendly and informative.The Cape Cod restaurant (which is part of the hotel)is a must for anyone visiting.The food there (mostly fish) is out of this world and be sure to visit Joe Demagio and Marlyn Monroe initials carved into the Bar counter during one of their many visits.Other World Leaders have also stayed but find that out yourself (you will be surprised).The bedroom was large and very comfortable with a view of the lake .I would without doubt stay in this hotel if I decided to visit Chicago.Maybe the best I have stayed in to date.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Check in was fast. Bellman and Valet were very nice and helpful and not pouting for tips all the time. Concierge was great when I needed help organizing some challenging bookings at the last minute.
Room was huge and while the view wasn't fantastic, I always request a low room for other reasons so that's my trade-off. Internet was chargeable (get with the program , Hilton) but at least they allowed multiple devices without multiple charges.

Gym is 24 hour and has all modern Precor cardio equipment and ample quantities of everything. The weights were a bit dated but in good condition.

Breakfast was fantastic, with a great selection of berries and cereals and breads and yogurt for the healthy types as well as hot breakfast options.

Check out was very fast.

I've been staying at the Drake about once every 10 years for the last 40 years and it remains elegant and very special.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I was there for a business meeting for two days. I thought the rooms were okay. I understand this place is a historic place for many people to go to, but I just wasn't "wow'd" with it. Its clean, its nice and most important its a great location to Michigan Avenue, but there are nicer places I would stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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west marin, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in Chicago and the Drake gave us access to the heart of Chicago. We enjoyed breakfast in the Drake Boys, watching the joggers and dog walkers run to the Lake. The concierge, Ken, was very helpful in setting up our city tours. One evening, a jazz festival was held in the lounge, and beautiful people thronged in and jazz swooped out and into the lobby where I was using my Chromebook. Very fine!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012 via mobile

This place is top notch. I was able to drop my car off at the valet during afternoon rush hour and I was checked-in and in my room within 5 minutes.
I even left a sport jacket in my car and when I informed the front desk, the valet attendant brought it to my room in less than 15 minutes! My room had a king size bed, large closet and decent size bathroom. Very clean and comfortable. I didn't try any of their restaurants, but I've heard only positive things. The location is perfect.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

This hotel was great for our weekend stay in Chicago. The location was walking distance from the water and all of the North end bars and restaurants. It was also steps away from Michigan Ave. shopping. The old glamour of the hotel was great too, as was the fitness center. We got a great rate for Chicago. This was actually one of the more inexpensive hotels!

The one thing was that the toilet was SO close to the tub and SO high off the ground! My feet didn't touch the ground when I sat, and I'm 5'4.There's also no counter space in the bathroom and the toilet blocks half the tub. It's a tiny space. The beds are also queen for a standard room so if you want a king bed you need to upgrade for around $50.

Overall, great for a weekend stay in Chicago if you care about location!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 140 E. Walton Place, Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL 60611
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Magnificent Mile , Near North Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#31 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#35 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#36 Family Hotel in Chicago
#50 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Drake 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 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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