I left Chicago 5 years ago to move to London, and return regularly. I always stay at The Drake, not only because it holds a part of the Chicago I left behind, but because it has provided us with the location which was only down the street from our former residence. We are still members of The Club International, the private dining club within the hotel, and have always received wonderful personal service throughout the many years that we have used the hotel while living in Chicago and living abroad.
From the minute we arrive from the airport, we are greeted enthusiastically by the front door staff, and the bellman. We don't always get the same people at the reception desk, they seem to be always changing or training new people, but still as Club members, and Diamond Hillton Honors card holders, we have experienced a wide range of rooms that the hotel offers generally and to those with Hilton Honors cards. The best rooms face the lake, and the executive rooms offer the best bedding. Yes, the hotel is tired, and yes the bathrooms need to be updated. But the personal service has made up for this over and over. All the staff is friendly. The food in the Executive Club Lounge is excellent, and you would be hard pressed to find a better view--anywhere enjoying a light breakfast or early evening cocktails. The breakfast in the restaurant is always consistently good, and the friendly restaurant staff has always greeted us personally.
Where the hotel falls down is the constantly changing reception staff, and many of the rooms need to be updated. But the location is fantastic, the rates are excellent compared to some trendy hotels, especially in the winter off season months, and little Coq D'or bar and restaurant offers a great informal menu. It was always a great neighborhood bar for those who lived in the Streeterville area, and it continues to be that and more to those staying in the hotel. it offers great burgers, light music, and good cocktails.
Although there is no health club within the hotel, one only has to cross the street and use the gym in the lower level of mall that houses Bloomingdales.
I hope the hotel continues to keep up with the times. I will always hold it in high regard.
- 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:
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- Hilton Hotels Chicago
- Chicago Drake Hotel
- Drake Hotel Chicago