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Highly praised and hip Toronto-Queen West boutique hotel with live entertainment and dining

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described this hotel as charming and stylish
  • The food at the on-site restaurants was frequently praised
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their attentive service
  • Many reviewers thought that their rooms were well-appointed and comfortable
  • A few guests enjoyed the vibrant neighbourhood immediately surrounding the property
Cons
  • On-site parking is $25 per night by reservation only. There is also a Green P lot across the street.
  • Several guests were disturbed by noise and partiers into the wee hours
  • A couple of reviewers thought that the design of the in-room showers lacked privacy
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 1, 2015
Overview
Located in the Art and Design District, this property is situated among galleries, restaurants and boutique shops. Each room of this hotel is unique in size and decor and features original artwork and a handmade doll on every bed. This property is well-suited for guests who prefer boutique-style accommodations and an artsy atmosphere.

This hotel is 100% smoke-free and all rooms include free Wi-Fi, a 27" flat screen TV, a DVD player, iPod docking station, a glass wall shower (no tub), windows that open, safe deposit boxes, snack and beverage selection and evening turn-down service. Rooms are furnished with either one twin bed or one queen bed. This property offers one suite that provides more spacious accommodations and features two flat screen TVs and a daybed.

Parking is available on site for an additional fee of $25 per day by reservation only. A public parking lot (Green P) is located across the street from the hotel and charges $7.50 per 12 hours.

There are multiple on-site dining options: a cafe, a lounge, a restaurant and a rooftop bar (Sky Yard). Food is available from 7:30 am to 11 pm, Sunday through Thursday and from 7:30 am to 1 am on Friday and Saturday. Smoking is permitted at the rooftop bar. Live entertainment events are also available 

Original artwork is featured throughout the interior and exhibits are changed every couple months. Other on-site amenities include a business centre, banquet and meeting space and a boutique shop. Guests also have access to a nearby fitness facility.

This hotel is located on a street car route and many attractions within downtown Toronto may be accessed via public transit. The Kensington Market area (dining and outdoor farmers' market), Art Gallery of Ontario and Chinatown are all about 20 minutes away via public transit. The intersection of the Eaton Centre and Nathan Philips Square are both about 23-minute ride away on public transit, while Front Street area attractions, including the Rogers Centre, CN Tower and Metro Toronto Convention Centre, can be accessed within 25 minutes via public transit (or a 15-minute drive). 

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is 22 minutes away by car. (All public transit and driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, most guests gave this property rave reviews. One guest said that this property "blew me away". A few other reviewers, who admitted that they were hard to please, said that this hotel was impressive.

Many reviewers made comments about the interior design throughout the property and in their guest rooms. Guests described the decor as stylish and charming and one reviewer said that the hotel had a "fun vibe". A few reviewers added that their rooms in particular were cozy, attractive and functional.

Many guests praised the food, ambience and wait staff at the on-site restaurants and bars.

The staff were frequently complimented for their enthusiastic and attentive service. One guest said the she "felt taken care of in every way", while one couple said that the staff "made us feel like superstars". A couple of reviewers noted that the staff were always eager to help guests tote their luggage to their rooms.

A few reviewers mentioned that they enjoyed the neighbourhood immediately surrounding the hotel and said that they found many restaurants and boutique shops within walking distance. A couple of guests mentioned that the hotel location provided convenient access to public transit.

A couple of guests thought that this hotel offered attention to detail and one reviewer listed the following in-room amenities as an example: hooded bathrobes, pre-loaded iPods, cookies with turn-down service, and a selection of brown paper bag packages that contained a selection of liquor with its corresponding mix (i.e rum and coke, gin and tonic).
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The Bad
There were very few concerns mentioned by the guests who reviewed this property, among the reviews used for this analysis. However a few guests mentioned some noise disturbances. One reviewer said that she could hear traffic noise, while a couple of other guests said that they heard sounds from neighbouring rooms.

A couple of guests did not appreciated the glass wall showers and thought that this design element did not allow for sufficient privacy. A couple of other reviewers found the lack of an on-site elevator to be an inconvenience.
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Show Sources
Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.9 out of 5, with 100% of 16 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #9 out of 138 properties in Toronto, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 259 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8.2 out of 10, based on 17 guest reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
Writing chose Tammy from the moment she could hold a pencil. The stories may have changed through the years, from creative fiction to television news reporting, but Tammy's passion for words (and fondness for pencils) continues on.
Guest Reviews
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hotels in Toronto

Rated 9.0/10 based on 504 reviews

Ranked #17 out of 138 hotels in Toronto

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Map Marker Drake Hotel Toronto
1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON