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Part of what makes the Drake the perfect TIFF retreat lies in its history. The hotel opened in 1890 as an upscale retreat for railway travellers stopping in what is now Toronto's west end. As the... Read More
Part of what makes the Drake the perfect TIFF retreat lies in its history. The hotel opened in 1890 as an upscale retreat for railway travellers stopping in what is now Toronto's west end. As the neighbourhood fell on hard times, the building became little more than a seedy flophouse but after 2001 received millions of dollars in upgrades. Today, the Drake Hotel houses a great restaurant and several bars and lounges where creative drinks, great live music and DJs draw crowds nightly. It is one of Toronto's hottest social hubs. Hotel aside, the Drake is a more economical way to stay near TIFF. It has a boozy launch party that is for the everyman: no tuxes or red carpets necessary. The Drake's 19 rooms are ready to house overnight guests in spaces that are small, but neatly designed in a mix of modern artistic and old-time charm.
- Best for Hotels near Toronto International Film Festival Because: The Drake is our lowest cost option to keep your money at the movies. Sorry to say that Toronto's Drake does not live here.
- Best for Romantic Hotels Because: Dinner, dancing and in-room adult toys make for an completely out of the box romantic experience.
- Best for Budget Hotels Because: Drake Hotel is a boutique hotel in one of the hippest areas of the city and yet has rooms for under $200.