My husband & I stayed at the Drake hotel for an anniversary get away this past weekend. We booked and paid for a king room two weeks before our arrival. We received a free upgrade to an executive suite upon checkin. Our room (number 625, the Churchill Suite) was enormous with great views of both the lake and the city. The room was clean & the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was spacious with an ok bathtub & a nice seperate shower. We had no complaints with the room & would highly recommend spending the extra $$ to get a suite at this hotel.
The hotel itself is beautiful. The hotel staff was courteous & helpful from check in to check out.
Valet was very prompt upon check in but a little unorganized when we checked out.
Things to definitly do at this hotel:
Sunday brunch at the Drake Bros. restaurant. Pricey but well worth the $$.
Entertainment in the Palm Court on Saturday evening. They had a jazz group there the night we stayed & they were very good.
Check out the shops on the lower level of the hotel before heading out to Michigan Ave.
Things to skip:
If you don't like tight crowded spaces...skip dining in the Cape Cod restaurant.
The Saturday night lines can be long waiting for the hotel staff to get a cab for you. Take the 1 minute walk to the end of the block & you will be in a cab much quicker than waiting in front of the hotel.
If you do have access to the Executive Lounge don't bother. This was the only thing we were dissapointed with. It had the exact same view that we had in our suite. There was a very small bar with a bartender that was not as friendly as the bartenders in other parts of the hotel. They have a free breakfast in the lounge but we opted for room service after our experience in there the evening before.
- 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
- Drake Hotel Chicago