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The Drake Hotel Review
Once a notorious flophouse, this 19th-century building is now an ultra-hip hotel peppered with contemporary art and attracting a chic, creative crowd. Hanging near the lobby's 66-year-old terrazzo staircase is a Rorschach ink-blot mural that spans the lounge and dining room. Vintage leather couches, modern ottomans, art curios, and digital-art projections grace the lobby. Hardwood floors and transparent shower stalls decorate guest rooms, which are on the small side (150 to 250 square feet). DJs rock in the lounge, the underground bar, and on the rooftop patio nightly, and there are regular shows by local artists that often spill out onto the sidewalk. Yoga classes are held on the rooftop, and there's a super-trendy lounge that serves food grown in the hotel's garden. Hit the General Store next door for off-beat souvenirs.
Hotbed for Arts & Culture
Anchoring Toronto's trend-setting West Queen West district, the multi-talented Drake Hotel sails way ahead of the city's other boutique properties. The Lounge hosts themed pop-up restaurants, film-festival screenings, and art shows, while the Raw Bar serves up spectacular sushi and retro ambiance. The all-season Sky Yard is the city's go-to for cocktails with a side of nostalgia, and the Underground hosts the hottest indie bands around. After hours, head for one of nineteen Crashpads, design-conscious guest rooms enveloped in charcoal and brick, and outfitted with local art, handmade dolls, and coveted Malin + Goetz toiletries. Swing by the General Store for souvenirs—CBC kit-bags and Marie Antoinette action figures are top sellers.
- Address: 1150 Queen St. W, at Beaconsfield Ave. Queen West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3 | Map It
- Phone: 416/531–5042; 866/372–5386
- Website: www.thedrakehotel.ca
- Metro Osgoode, then streetcar 501 west.
- Location: Queen West
- 19 rooms, 1 suite.
- Rate includes no meals.
- Credit cards accepted.
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