FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Chicago’s The Drake

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Dec 1, 2016
December 2016

Arrival/Check-In: While a plethora of high-end hotels exists in Chicago, when it comes to history, The Drake does not have much competition. The property joined the Historic Hotels of America in 2014; with a history dating to 1920, The Drake served as a high society favorite in the Roaring Twenties and continues to delight guests through the modern day. Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio even carved their initials into the hotel’s Cape Cod Room’s bar in the 1950s.

It was at this historic hotel that I spent a long Mother’s Day weekend in Chicago with my mom. While not the most modern or shiny new hotel, The Drake offered us comfort, convenience and a perfect location, all with an exceptionally warm, welcoming attitude. It started upon arrival with a speedy and friendly check-in. The gorgeous floral centerpiece in the middle of the lobby offers a spectacular first impression.

Guest Quarters: Could the guestrooms use a bit of a refresh and update? Yes, but there were several amenities in our double-bedded corner room that couldn’t be beat — one being the generous size and the other being the wonderful view of Lake Michigan.

The room opened into a short hallway, with the bathroom to the right and a large walk-in closet to the left. In addition to the two beds flanking a nightstand, our accommodations boasted a flat-screen TV, a mini refrigerator, a couch, a coffee table, an armchair and a large desk with a chair. All this, with more than enough space left over for two women to spread out and unpack.

The warm welcome continued with the in-room amenities, including a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a Mother’s Day card for my mom, a thoughtful mug and tea gift.

Services/Amenities: Speaking of tea, one of the highlights of our stay was afternoon tea at Palm Court. The Drake is iconic for the ritual in Chicago; peach Bellinis and a harpist accompanied our Mother’s Day celebration. In addition to Palm Court, on-site dining options include Coq d’Or, Cape Cod Room, Lavazza Café and Drake Bros’. In-room dining is also available but is not 24/7.

As part of Hilton International, The Drake offers HHonors benefits, including digital key check-in and express check-out. Other on-site amenities include a 3,000-square-foot fitness center, paid access to the nearby Equinox gym, a business center, several shopping outlets and more than 33,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

The Experience: The Drake exudes a truly special ambience that is hard to explain; while some updates may be needed, the charm and historic quality of the property really cannot be beat. The hotel does a great job translating the hotel’s personality through its staff. And the location is ideal, near the lake and right off of famed Michigan Avenue and its shopping. My mom and I enjoyed the city mostly by foot from our base at The Drake.

GT CHECKLIST

[checklist]
[item check=yes]Doorman/valet[/item]
[item check=yes]Less than 10 minutes for check-in[/item]
[item]Separate tub and shower[/item]
[item check=yes]Large vanity[/item]
[item check=yes]High-quality towels[/item]
[item check=yes]Powerful, unattached hair dryer[/item]
[item check=yes]High-quality bed linens[/item]
[item check=yes]Large, flat-screen television[/item]
[item check=yes]Large desk with convenient outlets[/item]
[item check=yes]Large, complimentary laptop safe[/item]
[item]Complimentary in-room WiFi[/item]
[item check=yes]Complimentary bottled water[/item]
[item check=yes]Stocked minibar[/item]
[item check=yes]Ample lighting[/item]
[item check=yes]In-room coffeemaker[/item]
[item check=yes]Iron and ironing board[/item]
[item check=yes]On-site restaurant[/item]
[item]24-hour room service[/item]
[item]24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center[/item]
[item]Turn-down service[/item]
[/checklist]

The Drake

140 E. Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611
tel 312 787 2200
thedrakehotel.com

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Nov 25, 2022

Bottega il Buco and Max Rivera Papic Make Waves in Ibiza

One of Ibiza’s hottest restaurant destinations since its opening five years ago, Bottega il Buco, draws legions of fans with the addition of new head chef Max Rivera Papic, whose kitchen credits include skills honed under the tutelage of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London.

Discover a Journey Filled with Wonder in 2022

ISN’T IT TIME? It's time to treat yourself to the vacation you deserve, and Celebrity Cruises® offers the perfect escapes. With an award-winning fleet of ships that sail to more than 300 destinations around the world, Celebrity will take you almost anywhere you want to go in style. Enjoy stunning staterooms and suites, culinary experiences imagined by Michelin-starred chefs and intuitive service. Celebrity makes sure your vacation is effortless from the start, which is why drinks, WiFi and tips are Always IncludedSM on every sailing.

Daily
Nov 25, 2022

Ski Season and Winter Getaways at Colorado Resorts

Ski season is around the corner. Now is the perfect time to plan your winter ski getaway. These Colorado resorts offer deals designed for skiers.

Daily
Nov 25, 2022

Give a Gift from Around the World this Holiday Season

This holiday season, give your loved ones a gift from around the world to create memories that last a lifetime.

TAP Air Portugal’s Porto

When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.

Daily
Nov 24, 2022

Angama To Open Deluxe Lodge Near Kilimanjaro

Lodging and hospitality company Angama announced the November 2023 opening of Angama Amboseli, an intimate, 10-suite lodge set in Kenya’s private, 5,700-acre Kimana Sanctuary, against the iconic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, located just across the border in Tanzania.

eFlyer News
Nov 23, 2022

Hilton to Bring First Waldorf Astoria Property to Costa Rica

Costa Rica prepares to welcome its first Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts property, slated to open in 2025. Waldorf Astoria Guanacaste will boast 190 guestrooms, as well as 25 Waldorf Astoria-branded residences, all offering sweeping views overlooking the ocean. A presidential suite will also grace the property.

Discover Egypt in Total Luxury with World’s Most Eminent Archaeologists

THE MOST EXCLUSIVE TOURS OF EGYPT EVER OFFERED

eFlyer News
Nov 23, 2022

Cayman Airways Connects West Coast Travelers with Grand Cayman

West Coast travelers can now enjoy easier, more efficient access to the Cayman Islands thanks to a new airlift option via Cayman Airways Ltd. As of Nov. 6, Cayman Airways operates nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman at an introductory fare of $399.