Goodnight. Sleep tight! — Photo courtesy of Connie Tsang / The Drake Hotel
You could go and stay at the Holiday Inn or the Radisson and know what to expect. We don't knock those choices, but sometimes you have to break out of your box and try something new. The Drake Hotel in Toronto will give you excellent hospitality but also a new perspective.
A bathroom in one of The Drake Hotel's suites — Photo courtesy of Connie Tsang / The Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel is situated on Queen Street West, which means that any guest is within stone's-throw distance of the happening restaurants, shopping and art galleries that are the pride and joy of Toronto's venerable artistic community.
The rough-on-the-outside exterior of The Drake leads to a contemporary chic interior. That will teach you to judge a book by its cover!
Check in and get ready to be impressed — Photo courtesy of Connie Tsang / The Drake Hotel
On the way to your room, you'll enjoy the brick-lined walls and numerically written rooms. (Because 2013 was so two thousand and thirteen.)
Welcome home — Photo courtesy of Connie Tsang / The Drake Hotel
Inside the lovely yet small rooms, there are modern amenities like an iPod docking alarm clock and Malin+Goetz cleansers. Things are cozy and surprisingly sound-proof, even though Queen West brings the bustle to the phrase "hustle and bustle."
The coolest sink ever — Photo courtesy of Connie Tsang / The Drake Hotel
Should you want to explore the world outside your room, you don't even need to leave the hotel to have stories and photos that will make your Instagram followers jealous. The attached cafe has urban charm and the potential to fuel you with a coffee or two while you stall the beginning of your day.
One of these seats is waiting for you — Photo courtesy of Dan Chan / The Drake Hotel
Once coffee hour has turned into cocktail hour, make your way to the Sky Bar. The Sky Bar is serious about their cocktails and also has a new art garden, proving that even when space becomes limited, people still make room for the things that matter.
The Sky Lounge will meet your sky-high expectations — Photo courtesy of Connie Tsang / The Drake Hotel
During the winter you can still enjoy the combination of fresh air and cigarettes, as the Sky Bar gets heated with fire pits and provides marshmallows for your toasting enjoyment. You can start the habit of apres ski, even if you never intend to don a pair of skis in your life.
Winter is no reason to stay inside — Photo courtesy of Connie Tsang / The Drake Hotel
Once you are sufficiently sauced, go Underground to see the next big thing, whether it be a comedic act or a band. This intimate space gets packed by people who love music so much that they have to occasionally let out enthusiastic screams. Let out the frustrations of the week and join along.
Rickety Rickshaw: the best name for a cocktail that we have heard yet — Photo courtesy of Connie Tsang / The Drake Hotel
Hungry? There is certainly no need to be. The Drake is serious about finding ways to feed you well. You can choose anything from the fancy mushroom gnocchi in the Dining Room or get serious about comfort food with Baked Mac 'N' Cheese. The comfort doesn't stop there, with the additions of chili, maple syrup and pulled pork.
Maple syrup on everything doesn't just have to be in the movie "Elf" — Photo courtesy of Connie Tsang / The Drake Hotel
With maple syrup as an accent, it's not surprising to learn that the chefs emphasize local flavors as well as seasonal produce, meats and seafood.
No, you have not left the hotel yet. Yes, you probably should.