Drake Hotel Toronto

Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel is a rock and roll boutique hotel that's expanded since resurrecting 17 years ago as a Toronto landmark with art and culture as its pulse in the heart of the city.

The storied spot for live music and stylish overnight stays now has a brand new five-level wing with 32 additional guest rooms, a spanking new lobby, and a lobby bar looking out at Queen West.

Drake Hotel TorontoRevolving doors just east of the original entrance bring you into the new front lobby where guests will now go to check-in for their stay.

Drake Hotel TorontoIt's still very much Drake with terrazzo floors and plenty of wood, textures and bold colours playing off each other in the lobby and rest of the wing, created by the in-house team in collaboration with Diamond Schmitt Architects, DesignAgency, John Tong and Michael Awad. 

Drake Hotel TorontoThe mural in a meeting room off the lobby by Toronto Inuit artists Angela Aula and Oscar Flores is based on a pencil crayon drawing by artist Saimiayu Akesuk and is one of the first pieces you'll see of the new art collection around the hotel. 

Drake Hotel TorontoThe original hotel lobby (which can be accessed from the new lobby by passing through the restaurant) has also gotten a facelift, though it still retains historic elements like the grand staircase. 

Drake Hotel Toronto

An 800-square-foot apartment formerly used by touring musicians has been turned into what they're calling the Artist Loft while the rooftop suite on the top floor can be booked for $2,000 a night. 

Drake Hotel TorontoThis grandiose room feels like your very own apartment with a full kitchenette, eight-seat dining table and Memphis-styled living area looking out to a private 540-square-foot terrace. 
Drake Hotel TorontoThe suite features two bedrooms that incorporate colours of mustard and teal, as well as wallpapers and art pieces unique to each floor. 

Drake Hotel TorontoThe private bathroom adjoining the master bedroom comes with a walk-in shower, double vanity and soaker tub all surrounded by an art-deco, arch rainbow tiling on the walls. 

Drake Hotel Toronto

Acrylic mirror paintings by Toronto artist Sarah Alinia Ziazi, which focus on female empowerment, can be found at the elevator landing on every floor. 

Drake Hotel TorontoBut guests are encouraged to also take the stairs with a light-hearted piece of text by Toronto artist Owen Marshall dubbed the "Unremarkable Staircase" to make the extra steps worthwhile. 

Drake Hotel TorontoThe rest of the guest rooms in the modern wing come with a fully stocked mini bar and snack cubby. Nightly rates range from $350 to $500 depending on the day of the week you're staying and whether it's a double, queen or king room. 

Drake Hotel Toronto

Accessible king and queen rooms are a first for the Drake. The accessible queen room on the second floor is level with a Queen West traffic light and features reflective pieces from Japanese-Canadian artist Toko Hosoya. 

Drake Hotel Toronto

The 19 guest rooms in the classic wing remain the same, also coming with their own original artwork. Nightly rates start around $259.

Drake Hotel Toronto

The hotel is complemented by a ground-floor restaurant lounge and bar area, known as "Stardust" in the 90s. Find a selection of seasonal dishes on the menu alongside staples like the signature Drake burger. 

Drake Hotel TorontoA slightly sweet applewood-smoked roast chicken ($26) pairs with fingerling potatoes, carrots, parsnips and Brussels sprouts in thyme and molasses. 

Drake Hotel TorontoPumpkin ravioli ($24) is a standout, done with fermented cashew brown butter and parsnip purrée. Sage and hemp-seed parmesan are sprinkled over top. 

Drake Hotel TorontoSous-vide lamb rack ($42) from Ontario is another seasonal dish by Exec Chef Laura Maxwell. The pinky braised shoulder is served with couscous and carrots in a chimichurri sauce. 

Drake Hotel TorontoDrake Underground and Sky Yard keep the party going out of the classic wing while the new lobby bar is more of a quiet reprieve from the city hustle. 

Cocktails created by Drake's team of bartenders, including resident star drink maker Sandy de Almeida, shine a light on local spirits. Queen St. Dawa ($18) is a Toronto take on a Kenyan cocktail with green tea infused Spirit of York vodka, melon, lime and honey. 

Drake Hotel TorontoThe Departed ($17), named after the film starring Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon and DiCaprio, features around Lot 40 rye whisky with apple brandy and maple syrup. 

Drake Hotel Toronto

Snacks at the Hollywood-inspired bar include a cheese board (half: $26, full: $42) perfect for sharing. Four different kinds of artisanal cheeses, creamed honey, pistachios and sourdough crostini make up the platter. 

Drake Hotel Toronto

Scallop Ceviche Tacos (three for $20) come in taro shells and are filled with papaya, jalapeno, avocado, onion and cilantro.

Drake Hotel TorontoBang bang shrimp ($19) covered in hot honey sauce are too good to put down and taste good on the side of pecorino dressed fries ($10) with truffle and tarragon aioli.

Drake Hotel Toronto

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