In this July 1, 1997 file photo, Princess Diana smiles as she arrives at the Tate Gallery in London. Picture: AP
In this July 1, 1997 file photo, Princess Diana smiles as she arrives at the Tate Gallery in London. Picture: AP

Chicago hotel hopes to ride on ’The Crown’ success by offering a Princess Diana package

By Travel Reporter Time of article published Nov 19, 2020

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In honour of season four of ’The Crown' on streaming giant Netflix, The Drake Hotel in Chicago is giving visitors the opportunity to book an overnight package to experience the hotel — and tea and dinner — as the late Princess Diana did 24 years ago, the Daily Mail reported.

The hotel is also giving guests the chance to stay in the same room that Princess Diana once stayed in in June of 1996.

A year before her death, she visited Chicago for three days at the invitation of Northwestern University's then-President Henry Bienen.

“I love Chicago,” she told reporters at the time. “It's been wonderful.”

According to the Daily Mail, she stayed in the presidential suite, which was customized for her visit and equipped with a Lifecycle exercise bike and mineral water.

The Drake says the room has been left exactly as it was then, with the addition of photos of Diana from her trip. It has also been renamed the Princess Diana suite.

The hotel is currently offering a special 'Crowning a Lady' package that includes Diana’s favourite flowers (forget-me-nots), a photo book of her favourite band (Abba), and her favourite perfume (Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris).

The package is available for a minimum of two nights, starting at $32 000 (about R495 700), and can be booked through December 15.

Season four of the Netflix drama has proved quite controversial. The royal who is portrayed by Emma Corrin plays an integral role in the series.

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