Classic style, good location

September 30, 2005

Product Image: The Drake Hotel
My rating: 4 out of 5

Some Plaxoes (Joseph, Rikk, Tod, Janice, Trevor) and I went to focus groups in Chicago and Phoenix this week and while in Chicago, we stayed at the Drake Hotel for a night. It was done up in a very classic style and compared to other historic remodeled hotels, it was about middle of the pack. Here’s my back of the envelope comparison of the landmark hotels I’ve stayed at (starting from the best to the worst):

  1. Regent Wall Street (NYC) – This hotel appears to not be a Regent property anymore, but when I stayed there a few years ago, it was top notch. The building was built in 1842, but it has been completely remodeled – very nicely done too. The hotel, room, service, restaurant and amenities were all excellent.
  2. Fairmont San Francisco – This place is old, but done up quite nicely. The lobby and hallways are very stately and the rooms seem to have been remodeled recently, but still in the original style.
  3. The Drake Hotel (Chicago)
  4. The Benson (Portland) – Kept up pretty well and they have Tempur-Pedic mattresses… very nice! 🙂
  5. The Palace Hotel (SF) – Old and not kept up as well, the standard room is diminutively small
  6. The Plaza (NYC) – Ugh. Thinking about this hotel makes me cringe. It looks very awesome and stately from the outside and it’s right on the corner of Central Park; however, when you get inside, it’s a completely different story. The rooms are all old and decrepit, there are stains on the carpets and furniture, and everything felt dirty. Looks like they are closed for remodeling though, I hope the new and improved Plaza is much better.

So all in all, in my experience, the Drake as a hotel runs right in the middle of the pack.

Congrats to the White Sox? 🙂

Classic style, good location
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4 out of 5
The Drake Hotel
http://www.thedrakehotel.com/

Some Plaxoes (Joseph, Rikk, Tod, Janice, Trevor) and I went to focus groups in Chicago and Phoenix this week and while in Chicago, we stayed at the <a href=”http://www.thedrakehotel.com”>Drake Hotel</a> for a night. It was done up in a very classic style and compared to other historic remodeled hotels, it was about middle of the pack. Here’s my back of the envelope comparison of the landmark hotels I’ve stayed at (starting from the best to the worst):

<ol>
<li>Regent Wall Street (NYC) – This hotel appears to not be a Regent property anymore, but when I stayed there a few years ago, it was top notch. The building was built in 1842, but it has been completely remodeled – very nicely done too. The hotel, room, service, restaurant and amenities were all excellent.</li>
<li><a href=”http://www.fairmont.com/sanfrancisco/”>Fairmont San Francisco</a> – This place is old, but done up quite nicely. The lobby and hallways are very stately and the rooms seem to have been remodeled recently, but still in the original style.</li>
<li>The Drake Hotel (Chicago)</li>
<li><a href=”http://www.bensonhotel.com/”>The Benson</a> (Portland) – Kept up pretty well and they have Tempur-Pedic mattresses… very nice! :)</li>
<li><a href=”http://www.sfpalace.com”>The Palace Hotel</a> (SF) – Old and not kept up as well, the standard room is diminutively small</li>
<li>The Plaza (NYC) – Ugh. Thinking about this hotel makes me cringe. It looks very awesome and stately from the outside and it’s right on the corner of Central Park; however, when you get inside, it’s a completely different story. The rooms are all old and decrepit, there are stains on the carpets and furniture, and everything felt dirty. Looks like they are closed for remodeling though, I hope the new and improved Plaza is much better.</li>
</ol>

So all in all, in my experience, the Drake as a hotel runs right in the middle of the pack.

<a href=”http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=250929106″>Congrats to the White Sox</a>? 🙂

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No Responses Yet to “Classic style, good location”

  1. rose Says:

    when did you stay at the palace?

  2. markjen Says:

    I stayed there over 4th of July weekend the summer of 2002 while I was working for IBM in San Jose.

  3. Steve Says:

    The “new and improved” Plaza will certainly be much better. It just won’t be a hotel. It is being converted to apartments, with only a small portion remaining a hotel. Even that was a comprimise from the owners when New Yorkers freaked about about the loss of the hotel.

  4. Allen Says:

    If you ever get a chance to go to Hong Kong I suggest you stay, or at least drop by, the Peninsula. This shouldn’t be anything new, since it’s super popular as being the oldest, and still best, hotel in HK, but I thought it’s worth a mention if you ever go.

  5. rose Says:

    if you worked (and lived) there, why did you stay in a hotel?

    and if you go to hk, you should definitely cramp into my grandma’s apt for 14.

  6. markjen Says:

    Ah, at the time I lived in South San Jose and I didn’t have a car. We wanted to hang out in San Francisco for the weekend and I found a cheap deal online 🙂

  7. rose Says:

    …but the BART!

    what was in san francisco? doesn’t seem like anything special happens for 7.4 anyway.


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