Famous Names Adorn Our Guestbook
Prominent guests from around the world have graced us with their presence, from sports legends to Hollywood, music, and British royalty. Rock Hudson, Frank Sinatra, and Prince Charles have all stayed here, and golfing legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus have golfed here as well.
A Renewed Sense of Self
The Drake style and our hotel’s renown can be mostly attributed to bastion of hospitality Gino DiRenzo. DiRenzo is a symbol of excellence in this industry, apprenticing abroad in hotels such as the Savoy in London and the Ritz in Paris. From 1962 to 2009, he brought a class and polish to every event as the Drake’s catering manager.
However, even DiRenzo’s experienced touch couldn’t save The Darke from what seemed it’s ultimate fate. In 2009, after 48 years of faithful service to guests, the hotel fell prey to a Ponzi scheme, shutting the doors for what seemed for good.
All was not lost, though, because local investors James and Tely Nagle came to the rescue and purchased the property. After two years of extensive renovations, The Drake is better than ever, having been restored to its once grand splendor.
Where Time Rests
Ubi Tempus Quietus, meaning “where time rests,” is more than an inscription upon the building’s crest—it’s a way of life. As our guest, you’ll find the worries of the world washed away in a beautiful, detailed atmosphere. Regardless of your plans, we invite you to stroll along the verdant golf course, settle into our sumptuous leather chairs, and dine in style with us..
Classic Décor That Speaks to You
Richly carved wood pieces hailing from Tely Nagle’s home country of Mexico are sprinkled throughout the hotel. You’ll also find pieces from the same artist that crafted artwork for Pope John Paul II adorning our hotel, from the sumptuous art table in the lobby to the detailed vanity in the women’s restroom to the intricate crown molding prominently hanging in the entryway.
Continue the Tour
Once you walk into The Café, you’ll find it impossible to ignore the expansive mural gracing the walls. This Zuber & Cie wallpaper—entitled Scenes of North America—is the same as was installed by Jackie Kennedy in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. Here, it has been restored to its former glory for the next generation’s enjoyment.
Always Renovating for Our Guests
One of our most recent updates is inside the Flower Terrace. The décor immediately draws your gaze to the delicately detailed blown-glass pieces floating above your head. Designed by Tely herself, these ethereal flowers were painstakingly handcrafted in Mexico to add color and joie de vivre to the space.