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
My husband and I celebrated our wedding reception and stayed the night in the hotel. Words cannot express how amazing everything was.So professional and they took care of everything. HIGHLY recommend.
Because we were going to Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival, hotels in the town center were booked, Lucky us, we ended up at The Drake. And what a treat. The hotel and the rooms are full of whimsy, and the enthusiastic staff is part of the joy of the place. The location in the West Queen section added to the charm, with interesting restaurants and shops just steps away. We enjoyed breakfast in the hotel, and appreciated the coffee service available just outside our door.
I visited Toronto in August for a three-night stay and I chose The Drake for its location and its vibe. It was everything I hoped for and then some. The rooms are compact, super clean and very comfortable. Attention to detail here is lovely - from a steaming hot cup of coffee delivered to your room in the morning to the extra care given when you dine in one of the hotel restaurants. This is a hot spot at night so if that's a concern you may want to inquire about quiet rooms or find another place. I had earplugs and I was fine. I checked out (very early) on Sunday morning and the staff had a pot of coffee and paper cups waiting for me at the desk so that I could sip a cup of java as I waited for my Uber. Those details are very much appreciated. I look forward to a return trip!
The Drake Hotel would be my weekend getaway between work trips and a local family function. The website presented a venue of quirky contemporary rooms in the setting of a bustling social scene. Intrigued, I booked myself into a Salon room for two nights.
Upon my arrival, the exterior of the building was rather unassuming. Fitting in with the Queen Street West facade, an outdoor patio lined one side of the building while large windows gave a glance into the eclectic decor of the hotel restaurant on the other. Above, a bustling rooftop patio appeared to be filled with locals and guests alike having a great time. I was immediately shown to the small front desk located in the lobby and warmly greeted by staff. After the check-in pleasantries were exchanged I was instructed to go up the stairs to the second floor where I could find my room half-way down the hall on the left. Staff offered to carry my bags as there was no elevator, but I opted to show myself in.
The winding staircase leading to the second floor had been beautifully restored. A clear relic reborn, the entire building oozed glamour of a different era. The hallway leading to my room was dimly lit allowing the brick walls to fill the space with warmth while touches of greenery gave the space a life of its own.
My room was a creative mixture of colour, textiles, and contemporary accents. I had requested a fruit plate for my arrival and was very pleased with the fresh selection of local and exotic fruits. A nice treat after a long day of travel. The room was spotlessly clean and had everything I could have possibly wanted. The bed was perfectly made, very comfortable, and encased in high quality linens.
After settling in and a short rest I showered up before having guests over for a cocktail. The sunken, glassed in shower was spacious and clean. The high end bathroom products were a well appreciated touch. Nothing about any of the details or offerings at The Drake were anything but high end and luxurious.
The front desk staff delivered a generous bucket of ice and even helped me set up my bluetooth music in the room. Jenna was an absolute superstar. She was friendly, down to earth, and made me feel right at home. She was simply fabulous!
My guests and I had drinks in the room before heading downstairs for dinner. Again everything we needed, other than ice, was already in the room. They really anticipate their guests needs and it didn't go unnoticed. Dinner was so delicious. We indulged in a beautiful bottle of French GSM, steaks, lamb, and after dinner cocktails. The service was on-point and I would go there for dinner any day of the week.
I also had the opportunity to order room service a few times during my stay, and each time was very satisfied. I highly recommend the beef tartar, the bison rigatoni, the Drake burger, and the pancakes. Let's be honest, I could have ordered the entire menu.
The area surrounding the hotel was charming and very walkable. Queen street is lined with boutique shops ranging from high end clothing to odd ball haberdashery. I encourage you to get out and explore, there are treasures to be found.
My two days at The Drake Hotel went too quickly. I was blown away by everything they had to offer. This hotel is perfect for the young professional millennial. I highly recommend staying here and exploring this unique area of Toronto.
We enjoyed our stay at this quirky hotel, but for us it’s downfall was it’s lack of parking. We put our hazard lights & asked where to park and then parked where we were instructed. We ended up with a $30 ticket because we didn’t have a permit to be there. It was a pain to haul our luggage from across the street too.
All of that aside, we loved the ladies at the front desk & the restaurant downstairs is great.