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
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.
This certainly a happening place. Karaoke and live bands in one night and an art gallery all in one. Who new a hotel would be such a happy and entertaining place. Located in an area of the city with lots of restaurants too. I often look forward to visiting this place.
I stayed at The Drake for a long weekend and was not disappointed! This place was great!! Our room was so cute and the whole hotel is just funky and fun! Checking in/ out was a simple and all the staff were great too! At night the bars were packed and there were tons of people dancing and having fun - we loved it it was just what we wanted! Any trip I make to Toronto this will be my go to!
I stayed at the Drake hotel only for 3 days but it was a great experience. The staff were very helpful and very kind, the rooms were very clean and neat, and the shower and soaps were very relaxing. our first day a hotel employee brought us a fruit and treat tray with some of the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever had. They suggestted a great spa just down the road from them. There Drake Cafe and main restaurant were both very good.
Next time I'm in Toronto I know where I'll be staying
Amazing hotel, sumptuous rooms with everything you need not to leave the room! We stopped for one night on the way home from Cuba and it was a perfect base to explore Toronto, once I'd wrenched myself away from the room. Staff were ultra helpful and friendly. Decor is amazing and I had the most delicious salad bowl of my life in the cafe there!