The Drake Hotel was once the grand dame of Chicago luxury, and walking into its elegant, formal lobby is like entering Gatsby’s West Egg. While modern hotels have really shrunken their lobbies, the entry here is multiple levels, and the harp music emanating from the Palm Court tearoom is the perfect soundtrack with which to explore. The comfortable rooms have been updated in a way that’s actually taken away some of the character of years gone by, but considering the price and ideal location, I won’t complain. Rooms have high ceilings, polished woodwork, and marble bathrooms. Units facing north offer only-in-Chicago views of Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive (those rooms come at a premium). Don’t miss out on afternoon tea in the Palm Court during your stay; it’s pricey at $50 per person, but worth it—and a treat for kids. To experience even more grandeur, make a reservation for dinner at the Cape Cod Room and enjoy classics such as clams casino and Lobster Thermidor before having a Manhattan at Coq d’Or, a boozy throwback of a lounge that opened at the end of Prohibition.
The Drake Hotel
140 E Walton Place (at Michigan Ave.), Chicago, IL 60611
Our Rating Neighborhood Near North & the Magnificent Mile Transportation Subway/El: Red Line to Chicago/State Phone 800/555-7253 or 312/787-2200 Prices Doubles $129–$339 Amenities 2 restaurants; 2 lounges; tea service; concierge; executive-level rooms; large exercise room; access to nearby health club with pool; room service; Wi-Fi with surcharge Units 535 units Book a Room Now http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/the-drake.html?aid=1254987&label=frommers-hotelpage-deeplink Web site The Drake Hotel
Map140 E Walton Place Chicago
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