The Toronto International Film Festival may have helped put this city’s culture on the map, but the fact is that Toronto has been trendy for a long time. Just look at the Drake hotel, a self-proclaimed ‘Hotbed for Culture’ with its hot music club downstairs, cutting-edge art throughout and the forefront of new Canadian cuisine in its restaurants…
Style Cool, cultural cutting-edge
Setting Art and Design District
Why this week? With the Toronto International Film Festival coming up in early September, Canada’s capital of cool is already gearing up for the influx of celebrities that will amp up its party scene. The Drake doesn’t have to try, though – with its Underground music venue and club, it’s already one of the city’s hotspots, and is only sweetening the deal with a brand-new Smith-exclusive hotel offer: a ‘Vinyl Vacation’ package that can be added to any booking for $50 a night. You’ll get the rock-star treatment with late check-out, hangover coffee vouchers for two, all-access passes to that night’s Underground show, VIP passes to the hotel’s weekend house party, an exclusive Vinyl Vacation LP and so much more.
Our favourite bits Not only are the hip bunk-ups at the Drake fantastically priced but there’s every entertainment and dining option at your fingertips. In addition to the aforementioned Underground club (whose musical guests have included MIA and the Killers), the rooftop terrace is home to the trendy Sky Yard bar, overlooking the city, while the Corner Café, Dining Room and Raw Bar in the Lounge are three of Toronto’s hottest and most delicious restaurants.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ’In the lobby, Mr Smith checks out a display case of flyers from bands’ performances in the Drake’s Underground club while I admire a grainy photograph of Nina Simone, part of the hotel’s rotating art exhibits. Ana, the hotel’s manager, tells me our bags are already in our Den Room. We ascend a staircase that wraps around a giant brass helix-shaped chandelier and enter a dimly lit hallway with squiggle-printed carpet beneath our feet.
Inside the room we are greeted by a sock doll sitting on the queen-sized bed. A flatscreen TV loops indie rock and glossy photos of garage-band gear hang on 1970s-style baroque wallpaper. One wall of windows overlooks the snowy sidewalk and a pale wooden counter offers jellybeans, wine and a black-leather book – the hotel’s ‘pleasure menu’ of packages that include feathers, vibrators and movies such as Carnal Intentions.’ Read the full Drake hotel review…
You say… ‘The room and the Drake itself were tongue-in-cheek hip and a bit raw and edgy but put into perspective with fantastic friendly service.’ — Sarah, BlackSmith. Read all Drake hotel guest reviews.