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On the main drag of the Art and Design District
The Drake Hotel is located on Queen Street West in the Art and Design District. The up-and-coming area is frequented by art students -- it's not as refined as other areas of Toronto, but is arguably more lively and vibrant.
Queen Street West is lined with restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops, and galleries. Once a run-down railroad ghost town, the area now draws large crowds during the day and night, so it is never quiet. A "hotbed for culture," Queen Street West is also home to Trinity Bellwoods Park, which features tennis courts, a volleyball court, and a playground and wading pool, as well as a recreation center with pools and a fitness center, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Harbourfront, the Toronto harbor, which has a waterfront park and trails, is just a quick car ride away.
Located in the newly gentrified area of the Art and Design District, the 19-room Drake Hotel has funky decor and a design that fits in nicely with the neighborhood. Each of the nineteen rooms has its own hip style, complemented by modern touches such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. But the hip vibe comes with a price -- with a hot club that stays open until the wee hours of the morning, The Drake Hotel is not the place for guests looking for a good night's sleep. Those who prefer more peace and quiet should consider hotels outside this hopping neighborhood, like the equally modern (and less expensive!) Hotel Victoria, located ten minutes away.