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The Drake, A Hilton Hotel
Ranked #81 of 191 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 20, 2012

As we were attending a dinner dance at the hotel, we decided to bite the bullet and spend the w/e, even though we live less than 30 miles away. The hotel has a definite charm and personality. We didn't splurge on a fancy room overlooking lakeshore but the room was nice. Not the size, you'll get in Vegas, but, hey, this is Chicago.
The meal for the dinner dance was probably THE best we have had at an event like this. It is really difficult to cook filet nicely for 300+ people, but these guys do it. We went crazy the following day and had "Afternoon Tea." It isn't cheap, but as a once every so often treat, it is really enjoyable and to my surprise quite filling. There is a reason why so many good hotels are in this part of the city. The location is fabulous. Being able to walk on the lake shore at this time of year was a joy and made us feel as if we were a thousand miles from home.
I hear the kids calling! Back to reality! For a w/e away, the hotel, food and location take beating.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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RMenkes, General Manager at The Drake, A Hilton Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2012

Dear Trip Advisor,

Thank you for the review regarding your recent weekend stay with us. I am so glad you were able to have the opportunity to attend an event here, and yes, our banquet and culinary staff are top notch. We take great pride in our catering and events team as well. To have made the decision to stay with us for the weekend when you live so close I'm sure was a tough one and we're extremely happy you made it. I am delighted we were able to make the experience memorable, and hope we can welcome you back again!

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Reviewed February 20, 2012

One of the primo hotels in Chicago $$$$, but if you do priceline, bid even lower than we did @ $79 a night, you might get it. And if you check what it costs regulary to stay there, you'd better be sitting down. It's close to EVERYTHING, meaning that you can walk wherever. So, who pays retail anymore, even for a luxury hotel!?

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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RMenkes, General Manager at The Drake, A Hilton Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2012

Dear Trip Advisor,

Thank you for your review and kind remarks regarding our reputation. We are glad you were able to find such a value. Keep an eye on our website for some great promotions. Thank you again for staying with us and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed February 20, 2012

The Drake in Chicago is in a great location, very clean, and only a short walk to many fine restaurants and shopping. The hotel is classic and beautiful, with large rooms. The staff is friendly and accommodating. The only con is the lack of wireless access in the rooms and having to pay $12.95 for 24 hours of wired access. The last several hotels I stayed in NYC offered free wireless access in the rooms. Overall our trip was a pleasure.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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RMenkes, General Manager at The Drake, A Hilton Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2012

Dear Trip Advisor,

Thank you for submitting a review regarding your recent stay at The Drake. Our location is just something we could not be more happy about, as it is one of the greatest areas in Chicago, at the top of the Magnificent Mile. We hope you were able to dine at some of those fine restaurants! There are so many to choose from. Wireless internet access in our guestrooms is an advancement we are looking to make within the next few months. It is currently available in all of our public space. Thank you for your review and we hope to welcome you back very soon.

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Reviewed February 20, 2012

This was our first time in Chicago & the Drake is the best way to experience it.
We were celebrating our engagement so the Hotel very kindly ungraded us from our deluxe exec room to a suite, which was sweet!
The history of the hotel is just great with some very notable people whom have stayed / dined there, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Vince Vaughan, woody Allen are just a few that have enjoyed the Drake.
Breakfast in the Drake Bros restaurant overlooking the lake was a great way to start your day.
We found that you can walk everywhere from the hotel & really take in the sights & shops, & after a day of walking we enjoyed the cocktails & steaks the hotel's restaurants had to offer.
The only downside was we had to call front desk to have our slippers & robes bought to the room as housekeeping had forgotten them & no real spa, in the way of steam room. But all in all just magnificent. We were very happy & look forward to our next trip to Chicago & stay at the Drake
Spoil yourselves & check into this place

Room Tip: Ask for rooms at the back as they look out to the lake, if you are celebrating something tell them...
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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RMenkes, General Manager at The Drake, A Hilton Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2012

Dear Trip Advisor,

Thank you for taking the time to review The Drake and we hope you loved the city of Chicago as much as you enjoyed your stay with us. I am happy to hear we were able to accomodate your special occasion and that you were able to experience some of our restaurants. We do apologize for the oversight of the robe and slippers, and I'll be sure to address this with our Executive Level staff. Thank you again for your review, and we would be delighted to welcome you back when you visit Chicago next.

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Reviewed February 18, 2012

This grand old hotel is in the perfect Water Tower Michigan Ave location with spectacular views of the Gold Coast, Lake Michigan and Oak Street Beach. The Drake takes you back to the opulence of the 1920s. We had a lot of fun watching what we assumed to be octagenerian neighborhood regulars dancing to a live jazz band in the Palm Court. Like the Drake they were old and a little worn but they still got it baby. I hear the rooms can be hit or miss. Ours was great - a 6th floor Jr. King Suite. It was very spacious with the best views. It was a little drafty, a little noisy and a little tired but that was easy to overlook given the location, charm, spacious room and the price. The old girl's been around the block a few times but still worth asking to the dance.

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RMenkes, General Manager at The Drake, A Hilton Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2012

Dear Trip Advisor,
Thank you for your review regarding your recent stay at our hotel. We take pride in the character of the hotel and the character of our guests, and I'm glad you were able to witness our weekend activity in Palm Court. It is a great atmosphere in there during entertainment hours, and of course afternoon tea time. There is so much history associated with this hotel. I love to see our guests gravitate to, and appreciate all that that means. We hope to welcome you back soon, and maybe next time you can take to the dance floor yourself!

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Reviewed February 17, 2012

I chose a king room for 2 adults, in the most inexpensive class, street vs/ lakeside. Although I sincerely wanted the lakeside (as did everyone else), The interior room was quite adequate. No, it was beautiful! From the carpeting to the pull-down blinds, to the bed, pillows and view.

We were very familiar with the Drake and always wondered what it would be to stay here. I can tell you that:
beginning with the street-side valet (which was included in the room price along with as many in & outs free), the relaxing breakfast lakeside breakfast whose staff were attentive to your every need, to the multiple restaurants, ambiance, and luxury thorough-out (and much more), THIS IS CHICAGO'S FINEST!!!

I mean it, my stay was wonderful. I sat in the club chair looking out upon the streets of Chicago and just relaxed. The bathroom had a new bathtub (I took my first bath that night, the first in years), a rather odd arrangement for the toilet with the paper on the wall behind you. There is an individual cup coffee maker in the room. The bed seemed to be larger that a king, and it was a first, my husband didn't snore that night. BTW, The room is QUIET! I heard nothing from other rooms, doors, hallway noise or wheeling carts. Nothing.

I was extremely happy. We will stay here again when we are looking for a place to stay in the city. This hotel exuded classy elegance vs. the Trump I stayed at who had a very large and metal feeling to it. I wish I had not bothered reading others reviews. I was told what a long walk it was in the hotel to your room. Mine sure wasn't.

This was an extremely unusual February, it is 40-50 deg, it is windy, of course, but not cold at all to us who live in Illinois or Cchicago.

The only thing I can think of would be a night turn-down with chocolates on your pillow. Now wouldn't that be nice?

Room Tip: I always bring an extra tea bag or two since I'm not a coffee drinker. (They do supply 1 or 2...
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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RMenkes, General Manager at The Drake, A Hilton Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2012

Dear Trip Advisor,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I am surely not disappointed to hear your kind words regarding our staff and hotel. Our mission is to create an experience for our guests, and your review surely proved we succeeded. We have received some feedback regarding that added touch of a turndown service, and be assured we are hearing everything our guests are saying. Thank you again, and yes, it has been a wonderful February! We hope to see you back for every season.

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Reviewed February 14, 2012

The Drake, I can't get enough of you!

Pros:
-Historic, nicely remodeled building
-Unionized staff
-Streeterville/Magnificent Mile location
-Got a great conference rate for rooms
-Really nice conference/banquet space
-Nice soap/shampoo in the rooms
-Nice coffee makers in rooms

Cons:
-Internet in rooms is wired only (and costs $12.95 for 24 hours)
-$6 charge for room service (instead of the usual $2.50)

I would definitely stay here again. It is a lovely place, with friendly and helpful staff. There is a cafe on the lower level for low-key simple breakfast, plus their full restaurant breakfast. I didn't try their fancy night bar, but it looked nice.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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RMenkes, General Manager at The Drake, A Hilton Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2012

Dear Trip Advisor,

Thank you for your review regarding your recent stay with us at The Drake. The next time you are here you will just have to stop in the Coq d'Or lounge for an Executive cocktail. It is an experience in itself! We greatly appreciate you taking the time to list what you liked and did not like about your stay and know that we recognize the cons you mentioned. Great strides have been made to keep The Drake Hotel’s profile relevant and in-room wi-fi is next on the lisit of advancements to be made. Again, thank you for this great review and we are looking forward to welcoming you back.

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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
#51 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
Price Range: $151 - $475 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Drake, A Hilton 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, A Hilton 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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