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The Drake Hotel 3.5

Art and Design District, Toronto, Ontario

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Pros

  • Hip, modern rooms with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and iPod docks
  • Your room card let's you skip the line at The Drake Underground, a popular club and music venue
  • Great location, blocks from parks, museums, and shopping
  • Nightlife and dining hot spot, with two restaurants, a rooftop patio bar, a lounge, and a cafe
  • Extensive room service options, including a raw bar and late-night menu
  • Malin + Goetz toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Loud at night
  • Pricey hidden fees on amenities such as toothpaste and lotion
  • Rooms are small and not particularly kid-friendly, featuring a "pleasure menu"

Bottom Line

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.

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Location

On the main drag of the Art and Design District

Map of The Drake Hotel

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.

  • 25-minute drive to Pearson International Airport
  • 8-minute walk to the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
  • 10-minute walk to Trinity Bellwoods Park
  • 8-minute drive to Union Station
  • 10-minute drive to Bloor Street, lined with shops, historic sites, and theaters, or 20 minutes via public transportation
  • 10-minute drive to CN Tower, one of the world's tallest buildings, with an observation deck overlooking the city, or 20 minutes via public transportation
  • 10-minute drive to the Royal Ontario Museum or 30 minutes via public transportation
  • 10-minute drive to Eaton Centre, a huge shopping mall that's one of Toronto's most popular attractions, or 30 minutes via public transportation
  • 10-minute drive to Harbourfront
  • 12-minute drive to Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival style mansion and museum
  • 15-minute drive to the Distillery District, a historic area of shops, restaurants, and galleries, or 25 minutes via public transportation
  • 35-minute trip to Centre Island via driving and a ferry ride

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Address

1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1J3, Canada

Room Types

  • Crash Pad
  • Den
  • Salon
  • Suite

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