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
After living in Toronto for nearly 10 years, I decided to put my tourist lenses on and stay somewhere in my own backyard. The Drake Hotel was my top choice.
My room (The Den) was a perfect oasis of coziness in an ultra modern aesthetic. I loved being greeted by a cute little stuffed creature on the bed, and all the helpful notes resting on the desk. The shower was fully decked out with Malin and Goetz products which was such a nice treat.
Jenna at the front desk was super nice and helpful as I checked in and let me know what was happening at the hotel that night before I could even ask. It was nice to know I wouldn't even have to leave the hotel to find entertainment or delicious food if the mood struck me.
The bed was super comfortable, the shower was hot and well pressured, and the complimentary kettle popcorn was scrumptious! I also loved the bose speaker and the Drake robe hung in the room. It was these small touches that really made it feel like such a special escape from my everyday routine.
In the morning I went down to the Drake Cafe for a cup of drip coffee (unlimited drip coffee/tea during the stay) and then checked out shortly after. It was a perfect and restful treat and I would stay there again in a heartbeat. I already knew it as an amazing venue/restaurant/bar but now I can say confidently that it was one of the best places to stay when visiting Toronto!
The Drake hotel is the greatest getaway any couple could ask for. The staff is EXTREMELY friendly and they are very accommodating. Any time My husband and I needed something (coffee sent up to the room, dinner reservations made, etc) they helped us with a smile. The food in the restaurant and cafe is all amazing, especially the honey fried chicken in the lounge. You can tell that the chefs and bartenders have a lot of pride in their craft. The atmosphere is super cool and very hip, and there are so many events going on each weekend, you don't even need to leave the hotel to stay entertained. The Drake Hotel is a class act, and we will definitely continue to visit at least once or twice a year. Simply can not get enough of this place!!!
Held a cooperate dinner with team mates and clients (party of 12). Our server - Virna K -was fantastic!!!
The Drake was accommodating, and catered to our every need. They created a large table for us, and set up a special space in the back to allow our team to relax and spend the evening dancing up a storm.
Thank you very much for the little extras that made our evening extra special. My clients were wowed, and my team was well taken care. The food was amazing and we especially liked the way the atmosphere changed into a nightclub after dinner service was through. I will be back again!!.
Virna ... you rock!!!
Stayed here for a work and short vacation and was surprised. Very unique building, nice and genuine staff, and the one time I ate here (breakfast) the food was really good.
- eggs benedict. Good location (west end?). Go if you like something a little different.
We came here for brunch and everything was perfect. Our food was high quality, creative, and delicious. Coffee was great. Service was really good as well. We would absolutely return and would love to see what else the hotel and restaurant have to offer.