The Drake, A Hilton Hotel

140 E. Walton Place Magnificent Mile | Chicago, IL 60611-1501  [SEE MAP]Chicago, IL  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Historic hotel in a convenient location
Some guests say rooms could benefit from a refresh

Travelers love the Old World elegance than defines The Drake: 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 admitted the hotel could use some remodeling, they also said the property's old-fashioned style is exactly what makes it so charming. And because of its Hilton Hotels ties, guest rooms here include signature Serenity beds and Italian marble bathrooms, as well as modern amenities like flat-screen HD TVs and high-speed internet access (for a fee). Plus, if you're a member of the Hilton Honors program, you can accrue or redeem points here.

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Location
Chicago, IL
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
Hotel, 535 rooms
Primary View
City center, Lake
Style
Historic
Best For
Business travelers, Families, Couples

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  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards

AAA

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This Chicago landmark features a lobby with crystal chandeliers, a volume ceiling and dramatic flower arrangements.

Fodor's

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Built in 1920, the grande dame of Chicago hotels stands tall where Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive intersect in the city's swanky Gold Coast.

National Geographic Traveler

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

Frommer's

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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.

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 4465 have reviewed the The Drake, A Hilton Hotel, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4465 reviews 4.0 (based on 4465 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms at The Drake, A Hilton Hotel have maintained their historical opulence while incorporating modern comfort. Every room is equipped with Italian marble bathrooms, signature Hilton linens and, in some rooms, views of Lake Michigan.
  • Twice-daily housekeeping service available upon request
  • In-room Wi-Fi access costs $12.95 per day; free for Hilton Honors members

Standard room size320 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

This historic hotel is located on The Magnificent Mile, just two blocks from Oak Street Beach. The Drake 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 station sits seven blocks southwest
  • Approximately 20 miles southeast of O'Hare International Airport; 13 miles northeast of Midway International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($70)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($49)
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

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

Dining

Two restaurants are available at The Drake. Coq d'Or, which has been at the property since 1933, serves spirits, lunch and dinner daily. And at The Camellia Room, American breakfast fare is available in a dining room inspired by acclaimed designer Dorothy Draper. Palm Court is also available for afternoon tea, and at Lavazza Espression, guests can grab a coffee or a quick bite to eat.
  • Room service available every day from 6 to 1 a.m.

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast

Kids

The Drake 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
  • Rollaway beds for $30 per night
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for 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 are also available.
  • Guests can pay to use adjacent Equinox fitness center
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

Business

The Drake offers 33,657 square feet of event space. Executive boardrooms and private lounge spaces are also available. Additionally, the property features a full-service business center with computer access and printing services.
  • Audiovisual equipment rentals
  • Mail services
  • Wi-Fi hotspots

Number of meeting rooms18

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

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