As the next season of Netflix’s “The Crown” introduces Princess Diana, The Drake Hotel is offering a royal package that gives a glimpse into the late royal’s time there.
In particular, the package at this hotel includes two overnight stays in the exact same suite the princess slept in almost 25 years ago.
“We felt it was a timely alignment to bring forth our unique history with the royal family and Princess Diana’s stay with us during her visit to Chicago in 1996,” said General Manager Damien McArdle, in a media statement.
The Drake’s “Crowning a Lady” package is based upon not only where Princess Diana rested, but also some of her favorite things.
With a required minimum two-night stay, with upgrades available, guests will get to experience what the beloved People’s Princess enjoyed during her stay within this 1,500-square-foot opulent suite.
They will include:
– A stationary bicycle and mineral water;
– Fresh forget-me-nots, which were Princess Diana’s favorite flowers, that are placed throughout the suite and sourced from the hotel’s Mangel Florist;
– A copy of “ABBA: The Official Photo Book,” as a nod to Princess Diana’s favorite band;
– An in-room set-up to binge watch “The Crown”;
– Princess Diana’s favorite perfume, Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris.
The Drake’s “Crowning a Lady” package treats guests to other hotel services that Princess Diana also partook in. In particular, they involve dining.
An exclusive afternoon tea service at the hotel’s Palm Court will incorporate Princess Diana’s favorite tea, Rose Pouchong. In the evening, a once-in-a-lifetime dinner will revive the same three-course menu served to Diana, plus her cocktail of choice, a Peach Bellini.
Guests will also have access to an incredible piece of The Drake’s history with Diana. Via a white glove service, they will view her original and authentic signature documented in the hotel’s Official Drake Autograph Book.
“We really strived to bring to fruition a caliber of delightful service and royal treatment to inspire travel with this limited time package offering, especially while so many people across the globe are dreaming of their next jaunt,” said McArdle.
Princess Diana stayed at The Drake for three days during June 1996. She was in Chicago to raise money for cancer research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
She occupied what was known then as the hotel’s Presidential Suite. Since that time, the suite has been named after the princess, and its interiors remains largely unchanged in her honor. A 360-degree tour of the Princess Diana suite can be seen here.
This prestigious experience comes at a hefty price tag. The Drake’s “Crowning a Lady” package begins at $32,000 and is valid now through December 15. Its reservation is taken only by phone.
To still feel a bit royal but for a fraction of the cost, try the hotel’s Centurion Holiday Afternoon Tea service. Its availability begins on December 3 at Palm Court. It’s priced at $59 adults and $29 children.