I spent 5 nights at the Drake for a conference (acting as host). The hotel is located at the top of Michigan Ave, with close proximity to high end shopping and other sites in the city.
The hotel is very extravagant, which speaks to the era that it was built in. It wasn't over the top, and they have updated the hotel to include modern technology.
My room was quite unique, which seems to be a common theme at the Drake. My room was in a "T" shape, with the bed being in a elcove of the room, which made it very appealing. The room was for the most part comfortable and well maintained. I was on the second floor of the hotel, and my view was of the roof of the conference area. I did have a small view of the beach and the lake. Overall the room was good.
Some issues that I had with my room: the toilet was difficult to flush at times, but not a major problem. The sofa had a small rip in it.
The service was relatively good. When I required some items, the staff were quick to attend to them. I did have used glasses pile up in my room and were not cleared until the end of the week. But I was able to request clean ones to use.
Overall, the hotel was very nice and would I stay there again, if the price was right.
- 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