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“Glamour”
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The Drake Hotel
Ranked #79 of 190 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Breda,
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Glamour”
Reviewed December 14, 2007

Location, Location, Loction. At the lake end of "the magnificent mile" you couldn't get a better spot for a shopping trip. Large rooms, clean large bathrooms, excellant staff on reception and in the bars and restaurants and a stunning entry way into the hotel as it was decorated beautifully for Christmas!
This is not a cheap hotel, but worth the money.
I'll be back

  • Stayed December 2007
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Reviewed December 8, 2007

For an expensive hotel, the Drake is pretty cheap, and cuts lots of corners. It is, properly, only a four star hotel in spite of its tradition. Its policy of charging for an unused final night of your reservation is understandable, since there will be many things that make you want to leave early.

But on my first stay, a large ensemble of child violin students at a convention serenaded the lobby, and the memory of that brought me back.

This time, as my wife and I were approaching dark and cold Chicago, expecting a storm, on the hours-late California Zephyr, I got a Drake concierge named Andrea on my cell phone. She arranged for a car to meet us. What she did extra was to inspire confidence in her and the arrangements she would make, and to convey friendly reassurance to us in the snowy Colorado desert. "See you tomorrow," she signed off.

The Drake has been lucky. I'm not sure I would play the odds again.

  • Liked — view
  • Disliked — executive lounge
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank carySc
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Rantoul, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed December 7, 2007

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.

  • Liked — Location, Room Size, Views from the room
  • Disliked — Executive Lounge
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank dananddawn
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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2007

We stayed at the Drake hotel over Thanksgiving and we did not like it at all.
Not only did we have a smelly room (the smell - from a room deodorant??? made us sick) but the room rate ($ 430) for a standard room on the first floor with no view at all was outrageous compared to other hotels in the same category where we stayed before. And for breakfast we had to pay extra!!!
Thank you, never again.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Clarkston, MI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2007

Got a great rate on Hotwire $139.00 The hotel is an old city landmark at the far end of the mag mile. The lobby is ornate with fabulous holiday decorations. The bar is old school with live music and dancing. We requested a room with 2 beds because we were traveling with children. The room was small - the beds were larger than a twin but smaller than a full. When we asked for a larger room we were told that all the 2 bed rooms were the same. There were no roll away beds available. The room was very hot with windows that did not open. We shut the heat off but it continued to cycle on and off all night long. The shower head in the tub was fixed at an angle toward the wall making it impossible for a tall person to shower. I would definitely never stay here again if I needed a room with more than one bed and a comfortable temperature. Complaints to the management were initally met with arogance Eventually we found someone willing to compensate us for a horrible nights sleep with a gift certificate to one of the hotel's restaurants.

Stayed November 2007
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Scottsdale, aZ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2007

We booked on Priceline for $122 per night, an absolute bargain for Michigan Avenue on the weekend of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. While The Drake is old and I prefer newer hotels the price couldn't be beat. The room was acceptable, the hotel location is fabulous and the staff was great. We were even able to extend our checkout time by one hour without any issues. All in all I would highly recommend The Drake if you're on a budget and want to stay on Michigan Ave. If you prefer newer hotels you should consider something else. For $122 a night booked on priceline I would definitely stay here again! This place has charm and character you won't find in other cookie-cutter hotels.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2007

Great hotel, paid $270/night which is at the top end of the spectrum. The room was large, clean and well decorated, and perhaps most importantly it is in a very good location.

I stayed for 5 nights and found the checkin staff very helpful - checked me in at 1pm with no wait - straight to my room. The lobby is fantastic and this is reflected throughout the rest of the hotel. The one area the I would say they could imprve on is the style of the rooms which are good but look dated in the schemes that have been chosen.

  • Liked — Location and style
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled on business
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Property: The Drake Hotel
Address: 140 E. Walton Place, Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL 60611-1501
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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:
#35 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#39 Family Hotel in Chicago
#49 Business Hotel in Chicago
#50 Luxury 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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