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Review: A Night at the Drake Hotel, Toronto

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Looking for a cool, funky place to stay in Toronto? Read on, I’ve got you covered!

On a recent trip to the city, I got the chance to spend a night at The Drake Hotel. I was first drawn to this spot because it just looked so cool! This is not your average hotel- it has personality, it’s unique, it’s artsy. Forget boring white bedding and motel art- The Drake has more of an underground bar feel, with all the cool and none of the grunge.

The hotel is slightly out of the downtown core and located square in the middle of trendy Queen West, an artsy neighbourhood filled with bars, restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. It’s a great neighbourhood to stay in if you want to enjoy a lively culturally-rich part of the city while avoiding the craziness of downtown/the financial district.

The Drake has a number of different rooms ranging from the 150 sq ft. XS Nook to the 385 sq. ft. XL Suite. The rooms are all decked out in the hotel’s signature funky style, and while you won’t find the grandeur of your typical boutique hotel, they have their own kind of glam and charm.

© Lisa Petrole

While the accommodations were great, the highlight for me was the food! Even if you don’t spend a night at The Drake, I recommend coming in for a meal if you’re in the neighbourhood. They actually offer not one but five food and drink venues! Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the Café (I had a chocolate acai smoothie bowl and thick sliced toast- heaven!), book a private event at Room 222, enjoy a variety of events including trivia night, brunch, and dancing at the Lounge, head up to the Sky Yard for dinner and a drink on one of the city’s best rooftops, and then end the night at the Underground, considered one of the best bars and music venues in the city.  Not bad for one hotel!

Sky Yard | © Lisa Petrole

While kids are invited, I’d say due to the overall vibe, the hotel is better suited for adults. Also, walking in I have to say I was a bit disappointed. The lobby looks more like the entrance to a potentially shady hostel than a cool hotel, so if you’re like me and you walk in wondering if you’re in the right place, reserve judgment until you’re checked into your room! I generally find that lobbies are the most impressive part of a hotel, but the reverse is true here.

Cafe | © Lisa Petrole

Overall, I had an awesome stay at The Drake and definitely recommend it for your next trip to Toronto. If you want to check out some of my favorite spots in the city, you can read my post here.

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