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The Drake Hotel

140 East Walton Place | Chicago, IL 60611-1501 [See Map]
#38 in Best Chicago Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 2120 reviews
Property Type Hotel with 609 rooms, 11 floors
Primary View(s) City center, Lake
Style Historic
Best For Business travelers, Families, Couples
AMENITIES Room Service, Internet Access, Business Center See all amenities

U.S. News Review

Travelers love the Old World elegance than defines The Drake Hotel: think New York's Plaza Hotel done Chicago-style. Once the preferred choice of both Winston Churchill and Princess Diana, this Gold Coast neighborhood outpost knows how to deliver a quality experience. (If you really want to blend in with the posh clientele while you're here, recent guests suggest attending the traditional English tea service in the Palm Court, offered every afternoon.) Unlike its trend-setting neighbors, The Drake boasts a distinctly vintage ambiance with high ceilings, upholstered walls and glittering chandeliers. Though recent guests admit the hotel could use some remodeling, they also say the hotel's old-fashioned style is exactly what makes it so charming. As a member of the Hilton Hotels portfolio, guest rooms include signature Serenity beds, as well as more unique features like Italian marble bathrooms and period furnishings. But that doesn't mean you won't find modern technology: Accommodations are also equipped with HD flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet access (for a fee). Plus, if you're a member of the Hilton HHonors program, you can accrue or redeem points here.

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Critic Reviews

AAA

“In addition to the elegant guest rooms, this long-established Chicago landmark features a jaw-dropping lobby and a popular afternoon tea served in a luxurious salon within sight of the lobby.”
Award: AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015

Fodor's

“The beautiful lobby was inspired by an Italian Renaissance palace, and the sounds of a fountain and harpist beckon at the Palm Court, a traditional setting for afternoon tea, especially appealing during the winter holidays.”

National Geographic Traveler

“1920 grand dame of Magnificent Mile; well located for shoppers.”

USA Today

“Chicago's Magnificent Mile welcomed this new luxury hotel on New Year's Eve in 1920, and it soon gained international fame by hosting the Prince of Wales. ”

Frommer's

“The comfortable rooms don't have quite as much character, but those facing north offer only-in-Chicago views of Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive. ”
Award: Frommer's Highly Recommended

Other Awards:
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

The guest rooms at The Drake Hotel have maintained their historic opulence while incorporating modern comfort. Every room is equipped with Italian marble bathrooms, signature Hilton linens, and some rooms offer views of Lake Michigan.

  • Twice-daily housekeeping service available upon request
  • Lighted makeup/shaving mirror

Standard room size:

320 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

This historic hotel is located on the Magnificent Mile, two blocks from Oak Street Beach. The Drake Hotel is surrounded by tons of shopping, dining, and Chicago excursions. Right on the lakefront, it has spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the cityscape.

  • Various bus routes located nearby; the closest L train station is seven blocks southwest 

  • 24-hour valet parking ($67)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($47)
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Dining

The four restaurants at The Drake Hotel contribute to the rich history of the hotel. The Cape Cod Room has been notorious for its fresh seafood since it opened in 1933. The same year, Coq D'or became legendary as it opened the day after the repeal of Prohibition. Drake Bros' is the hotel's namesake restaurant which is open daily for breakfast and lunch. Palm Court offers French-inspired afternoon tea and light bites.

  • The Drake also features a coffee shop, Lavazza Espression 
  • Room service available during varying hours, including late-night menus until 2 a.m. on the weekends

Number of restaurants:

4

Cuisine types:

American, French
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

Spa

Kids

The Drake Hotel caters more to leisure and business travelers, however cribs and high chairs are available at the property. The hotel also features Family Rooms with two bathrooms and additional square footage to accommodate families. 

  • Family packages offered
  • Rollaway beds available for $30 per night

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The Drake Hotel has a 3,000-square-foot fitness center equipped with cardio equipment, free weights, and plasma TVs.

  • Towels and yoga mats provided
  • Guests have access to off-site Gold Coast Equinox fitness center
  • Spa, pool, personal fitness, and group fitness available for a fee at Gold Coast Equinox

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats

Business

The Drake Hotel offers 33,657 square feet of event space. Executive boardrooms and private lounge spaces are also available. The property also features a full-service business center with computer access and printing services.

  • Audiovisual equipment available for rental
  • Mail services
  • Wi-Fi hotspots available

Number of meeting rooms:

18
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

The Drake Hotel allows pets for a one-time, nonrefundable $75 fee.

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting

Golf

Wedding

Weddings of various sizes can be held in one of the five ballrooms at The Drake Hotel. The largest space is the Gold Coast Room featuring 6,838 square feet of space.

  • On-site event planners for assistance
  • Customized menu
  • Special wedding accommodations available

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

510
  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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The Drake Hotel

140 East Walton Place | Chicago, IL 60611-1501 [See Full Map]