Drake Hotel

1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada
Parkdale

Action Bar

18
Rating

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Ratings Breakdown

  • Rooms17.5
  • Public Spaces18.5
  • Service18
  • Overall18
25
Reviews

Most recent review:

What I liked:

The lounge and cafe! Excellent places to eat, convene, and work in.

What the hotel could do better:

Leave some of the mini-bar stuff out of the room. It's retro in a way that insults intelligence, when you think about it. Plus that room was small; we could have used the shelf space.

Megan

Stayed March 2015

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Hotel Description

At the far end of Toronto’s Queen Street West, at the frontier where the newly hip Parkdale district meets the unkempt edge of the grittier neighborhoods beyond, the Drake is not in the ideal location for visitors looking to “do” the city in the traditional touristy sense. It is, however, perfectly located for anyone interested in Toronto’s art scene, and everything that goes along with it — at the risk of straining the point, Queen West isn’t worlds apart from London neighborhoods like Clerkenwell or Hoxton, or Brooklyn’s flourishing arts districts.

Despite its classic-sounding name, the Drake is not at all a traditional hotel. The rooms take second billing, sold as “crash pads” for visitors to the Drake’s exhibition and performance spaces. That’s selling the rooms a bit short, to be honest: though smallish, they’re exquisitely stylish, leaving shopworn boutique minimalism decades behind. Here the interiors are more a sort of reclaimed retro, with references that effortlessly span decades without ever bordering on kitsch.

It’s not all style over comfort, happily — all rooms feature hardwood floors, plush queen beds, exquisite glass-walled bathrooms and smart yet modestly-sized LCD televisions with DVD and CD players. Downstairs the Dining Room, the Raw Bar and the Lounge serve cocktails and eclectic dishes in a fashionably lived-in atmosphere, and the Corner Cafe is a neighborhood institution, serving brunch, juices and traditional café fare. The Underground is the performance space, playing host to all manner of acts, musical and otherwise. And Queen Street is a worthy alternative to the city center, the galleries and funky boutiques giving way to big-brand shops and swanky restaurants as you travel farther east.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 19 Rooms
  • Style: Cutting-Edge
  • Atmosphere: Happening

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boardroom
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Offsite gym facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Wake-up service
  • Yoga

Need to Know

Valid credit card required.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

11am

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boardroom
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Offsite gym facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Wake-up service
  • Yoga

Need to Know

Valid credit card required.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

11am

Map