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The Drake Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   140 E. Walton Place, Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL 60611 (Gold Coast)   |  
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Ranked #54 of 167 hotels in Chicago
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Thanksgiving '12”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Our family has been staying with The Drake for over 75 years. Most reently my son and I chose to stay there as our "home base" while visiting relatives in the Chicago area over the Thanksgiving holiday. We felt so at home at The Drake even though it has been at least 3 or 4 yrs since our last visit : ) We had a lovely suite looking over Michigan Ave. and the ability to just pop out the front door and walk to Macy's or Lawry's Steak House, Uno's Pizza, etc... is such a treat for us! One day we even walked down to the Art Institute!
Another day my cousin & her daughter met us at the Coq d'or (in The Drake) for lunch and once again The Drake did not disappoint - our lunch was delicious!! Honestly THE BEST burger I've had in years!! For those of you not familiar, the Coq d'or is basically the stuff legends are made of! LOL! It's a lounge/bar that first opened it's doors one day after prohibition ended in 1933. No kidding! They have this really cool red leather piano there and on Fri & Sat nights there is always live music. They have lounge singers/piano players other times too and you never know what famous face you may run into! Be it a local author or a well-know actor, the dimly lit old-world ambiance is just the type of place one can keep a low profile! In my humble opinion if you are going to visit Chicago you should check out The Drake.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Dallas, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

While the ownership has changed since my last stay, the charm of this historic edifice has not. The 4 restaurants are wonderful. We particularly enjoyed an incredible brunch buffet seated at a window overlooking a park and Lake Michigan. As we looked out our window on the city, a car with a whole family, parents and children alike, all dressed up like Santa stopped at the traffic light below us long enough for a funny and memorable photo op. The shops in the lower level arcade are also charming, and we frequented several of them, and struck up a few friendly conversations with the owners of the flower shop. Since we came in December, the lobby was festooned in Christmas decorations: a huge Christmas tree, a gingerbread village with an electric train, and many beautiful seasonal accents. The staff was the most prompt and courtesous I have encountered in a very long time. And the concierge is like no other I know: to our request about architectural boat tours, he nnot only got us signed up and ready, but told us what seats to select and when to get there and how to go about getting them! When's the last time YOU had service like that? Great place for business, but an awesome place for a romantic or holiday getaway! Oh, and the price? I got my reservation online through one of the big booking sites about 2 weeks before traveling, and it was less than 1/3 the advertised price - the same or less than I would have paid at the least expensive places in this part of Chicago. So in terms of value, I would rate it higher than the highest rating!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

I stayed at The Drake for 5nights for a business trip. If you like historical hotels, this is the one for you. I am more of a modern hotel guy and therefore I didn't like it as much. The room was very spacious, bathroom was ok and you will not feel lonely because you can clearly hear your next door friends! The staff is very helpful. The hotel has the best location, Michigan Ave and a block from restaurants, Hancock tower and lakeshore drive a block from the back entrance.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We stayed for a week in late July to pick up my son from Northwestern. It's within walking distance to everything. The staff is very helpful and the building itself it beautiful. We also had a spectacular view of the lake.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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99 reviews 99 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

The Drake hotel has lots of character, and is extremely charming. My only suggestion would be that it may be time to spruce the rooms up a bit - especially the bathrooms. This is a bit of a challenge because you don't want to lose any of the charm. If you like hotels with a history and magical feel you've found the place!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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116 reviews 116 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This is a classic hotel on the mile and has a ton of charm. The staff (except the bartender in Palm Court) were very friendly and helpful. The room was very nice and the tree and life-sized nutcrackers in the lobby made it really feel like the holidays. The proce is reasonable for the location.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York, United States
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Stayed at a junior suite at the Drake. Room is somewhat nice and spacey, though some parts just seem out of date but overall good. Also had in room breakfast with sausage + croissant with tea and cranberry juice, on top of that, service called and asked whether I enjoyed the meal. Sweet.
One down side is, bell men always seemed to be distracted.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 > Gold Coast
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:
#28 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#40 Family Hotel in Chicago
#44 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#54 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Drake Hotel 4*
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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