The Drake Hotel in the iconic West Queen West neighborhood in Toronto has a new wing – modern, fun and vibrant.
Until about 17 years ago, West Queen West didn’t mean what the neighborhood means today to Toronto. The opening of The Drake Hotel changed the city. From a hidden corner to a world-famous oasis of art, fashion, and gastronomy. West Queen West is today one of the coolest streets in the world, a remarkable location brimming with life and art, reflecting its young demographics and creative culture. And that is, in part, due to the Drake hotel in Toronto that three years before completing two decades since its doors’ opening has a new wing.
THE DRAKE HOTEL TORONTO
Similar to the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London, The Drake Hotel changed the DNA of the city. And it became a landmark. In the lobby of the trendy and artful hotel in Toronto, guests and local residents commune. The space is pleasing enough to drink a coffee, have a cocktail, work, or be inspired by the aesthetic and the energy the hotel pumps into the city.
The new wing of the Drake hotel in Toronto has turned the historic late 19th-century building into a 32 rooms hospitality unit. Furthermore, the new identity of the iconic hotel proudly exposes its role in the city. Behind its massive brass doors, we find a colorful, fun, modern and memorable space.
THE NEW UNIT OF THE DRAKE HOTEL TORONTO
Three design studios based in the artsy neighborhood of West Queen West worked together to create a new unit for The Drake Hotel. The designers of the Design Agency, John Tong from +tongtong and Diamond Schmitt Architects as building architects created a new unit blending their vision as professionals and residents. The new design of the Drake is supposed to show how the hotel continues to be the center of this vibrant scene, reimagining and reinventing the unit, the neighborhood, and the city.
Behind massive brass doors, the Drake hotel welcomes guests and locals with a bright, modern and very artistic common space with an elegant lobby and a cozy bar behind red velvet curtains. Eclectic mid-century furniture and a stained-brick fireplace create an image of classic hospitality spiced up with a bold design flair. A banquette, flanked by two pillars and upholstered in bright mid-century walnut print, is the focal point of the lobby, while a sculpted reception desk picks up the artistic image of the lobby.
There’s always had a strong connection between the hotel and the city, specifically its streets. The Lobby Bar interacts with Queen Street, and the full-height curved window in the new Lobby Bar proudly states it drawing maximum attention to it.
As residents of West Queen West and avid travelers, the three-part design team added personal taste to the design of the new face of Drake. The rooms are modern, comfortable, and have rich colors. It is notorious for the energy and vibrancy present in graphic wallpapers, zingy rugs, and modern furniture pieces.
The Drake hotel celebrates its 17-year existence and the cultural, economic, and social development of West Queen West with a mature aesthetic – timeless lines, confident colors, and high-quality objects finely sourced with a luxury feel and a vibrant look.
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