Stayed at The Drake for one night with friends last Saturday. It's been a few years since we last stayed here and I'm sad to say we probably won't return. We feel like The Drake is in a very slow decline. The public areas still have that wow factor but the rooms and corridors are showing their age. Our friends' room was not ready at the check-in time of 3pm so they were offered complimentary breakfast. The front desk service was just ok. The doormen were generally ok, although upon leaving one doorman who asked if we had bags, but then did not help us load them in our car, yet still he hustled for a tip by holding open one door of the car. He did not get a tip. The room was clean and the bed comfortable. The bathroom was accessible so it had a lot of bars that had been retrofitted into a standard sized bathroom leaving little space in the shower/tub. The cost for the room was not excessive by Chicago standards and probably reflects the hotel category.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Drake Hotel Chicago
- Hilton Hotels Chicago
- Chicago Drake Hotel
- Drake Hotel Chicago