The Drake Hotel
What We Love
- One small hotel – five places to order a drink
- Live music most nights
- Super-friendly staff makes guests feel like locals
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What To Know
- Noise and vibration from bar travels to some rooms on second floor
- Big name retailers and downtown Toronto attractions are at least a 10-minute cab ride away
- Guestrooms are open-plan and a bit on the small side
- No elevator
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Drake’s eclectic interior embraces both the building’s rich history — including its 1890s construction and 1940s refurbishing — and its current role as a cutting-edge cultural icon in the West Queen West art and design district. A 2001 renovation gave new life to the Drake’s old bones. Instead of a face-lift, 3rd Uncle Design highlighted many of the original design elements — wrinkles and all — and layered them with their own edgy stylings. Turn-of-the century terrazzo floors, mahogany wainscoting and exposed brick mix with Midcentury Modern furniture and vintage objets to give the Drake an authentic retro cool. A full-time art curator rotates a prominent and playful display of contemporary art.
Bed and Bath
The well-conceived guestrooms are models of space and design efficiency. Though smaller than most other Toronto rooms (starting at 150 square feet), they don’t feel cramped thanks to creative and functional open shelving, high ceilings, lots of natural light and glass separating the bathroom from the sleeping area. Entertainment options include an iPod loaded with a Drake-approved playlist, a selection of cool Hollywood classic movie rentals and, for the frisky, a “pleasure menu” with toys and erotica for sale.
For a 19-room hotel, there’s a lot going on. Choose from one of five spots in the hotel to drink, dine or take in live music. The main floor lounge are accessorized with vintage radios, murals and the endlessly looping, eclectic Drake TV. Head to the rooftop Sky Yard for fresh air, or join the hipster crowd downstairs for a live indie show at the Underground. The bright and cheerful Corner Café is the perfect recovery breakfast spot. Get some of their yummy homemade jam or baked goods to go.
How to Get There
We needed a room at the last minute and they were able to help us .The room was nice and clean .The staff was polite ,pleasant .We had breakfast downstairs it was very good a bit expensive. At night we went for there happy hour Fun the staff was GREAT !!!Overall my husband and I really liked it !!!
Awesome experience. Hotel is beautiful & up to date with decor; staff was friendly & offered great service; lastly, the hotel is in a great area with lots of restaurants and things to do. I stay there every chance I get!
Drake benny: Best eggs benedict ever (brown butter hollandaise -excellent)!!! Drake breakfast: really good! Sean, our server, was so good. He made us feel special. Lovely time with my granddaughters, who live near the Drake and chose the Drake. Then we took fun pics in the photo booth from days of yore. Fun memory.
Loved our stay in the crash pad, it is designed in a way that it does not feel that small and for two people, it was perfect for a one night stay. Loved all the little touches in the room, and the complimentary coffee was great.
I stayed at The Drake for a couple nights on a work visit and it was a great experience. I stayed in one of the Salon rooms on the 2nd floor. Very well appointed - great artwork - hotel/area information - TV - minifridge - snacks - place to work (if you have too) - 2 chairs to sit and relax. Loved the added touch of morning coffee available in the hallway. Staff was amazing and always willing to help. There are no elevators so if you are someone with any type of mobility issues this is something you should note - having said that the front desk staff asked if I needed assistance carrying my bags to my room.
I would definitely recommend staying at The Drake for a truly unique experience.