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What a better way to end my time in Toronto then by staying at The Drake Hotel on Queen Street West, the area of the city that most resembles Berlin?
As a resident of Toronto, I’d only ever been to The Drake Hotel for brunch, dinner, drinks and dancing. I’d never actually been inside of one of the hotel rooms and always wondered what one looked like.
When planning my overseas move from Toronto to Berlin, I knew that I wouldn’t be sleeping my final night at my loft in Liberty Village. All my stuff had either been moved to storage or was on it’s way to Berlin so my place was completely empty. Knowing I needed to do a lot of last minute errands in my neighborhood before I left the city for good, I opted to book the closest hotel possible which happened to be none other than the Drake.
I had others reasons for staying there too. First, I wanted to treat myself one last time before before moving to Berlin to become a poor free-lance travel writer who sleeps on pull-out couches and hostel bunk beds in 8 bed dorms. Second, I wanted and needed one night in a real bed. A good night’s rest was needed for the long trans-Atlantic flight I had the next day.
So just what do the rooms at The Drake look like? As expected, they’re über cool complete with patterned wall paper, funky art, a flat screen and lots of other extra special touches. I loved my room. So weird and quirky, just like … me!
To be honest, this doll really scared me. When I went to bed, I hid it from sight as I feared nightmares and even a potential attack. You never know, maybe it’s an evil creature that comes alive at night hellbent on destroying on life in it’s immediate vicinity. I could have been a casualty.
Usually, I prefer a hotel room that comes with a nice deep bathtub so I can take a long soak in a candle-lit bubble baths while drinking wine. Yes, I like doing this and certainly wouldn’t have minded doing so before going to bed that night either.
In any case, I was glad to shower … alone. Notice how the panes are clear glass? They need to be frosted. What if I was sharing this room with a friend or family member? Could make for some uncomfortable moments.
They have nice amenities in the room such as gourmet snacks, Canadian reading materials and high-end bathroom products (which you can buy in the Drake’s General Store).
After getting settled into my room, I headed downstairs to the dining room/lounge area for drinks.
This Negroni sampler consisted of three really yummy cocktails.
Staying here was a perfect way to end my time in Toronto.
About The Drake. For those of you who want to know more about this place, here’s a little write-up from a previous article of mine.
The Drake’s 19 rooms are chic and luxurious filled with hardwood floors, furniture and art designed by local artists, exposed brick, flat-screen TV’s and large queen sized beds. Their restaurant which serves only local and organic food is a popular brunch hotspot for locals on the weekends. There’s also an indie music venue,a general store, cafe, urban vegetable garden and even a year round roof-top patio.
Address: 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto ON Canada.
A Canadian who quit her job, sold everything she owned and left behind a great life all to move to Berlin for 18 months. Now based at home again in Toronto, Cheryl continues her career as a freelance writer specializing in European travel and expat life. She's now on a mission to slowly re-discover her home and native land through a series of weekend trips.
Cheryl Howard.A Canadian who quit her job, sold everything she owned and left behind a great life all to move to Berlin for 18 months. Now based at home again in Toronto, Cheryl continues her career as a freelance writer specializing in European travel and expat life. She's now on a mission to slowly re-discover her home and native land through a series of weekend trips.
Filled with wanderlust, her nomadic heart and soul has taken her to over 25 countries throughout North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe. Unable to sit still for long, she's always planning her next trip.
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