The etymology of the word “Toronto” refers to the fact that the city was originally a place where several rivers converged, making it a literal meeting place where different types of worlds all came together. While much has changed since the city was originally founded, Toronto, Canada is still a place of convergence and meeting for the millions of people who live there and the countless tourists from all over the world who visit every year. There are many wonderful places to meet, be entertained and socialize in Toronto, such as at its many art galleries, museums, clubs, sports arenas and marvelous shops. The city boasts an unprecedented amount of cultural diversity, and has a broader range of culture for visitors to experience than practically any other place in the whole country.
When deciding on a place to rest their heads while they’re discovering everything Toronto has to offer, a lot of folks are choosing a boutique hotel over the more traditional chain options that have long been thought of as the only real choice for anyone who wants a decent place to stay in the big city. These new boutique hotels offer a much more intimate and personalized atmosphere, with outstanding amenities and a “welcome home” type of feeling in the air. Most of these places are locally owned, and do their best to fit into and participate in the local culture around them. Each one is unique in the type of style it exudes.
Inevitably, anyone who visits Toronto is going to want to see what its much-vaunted restaurants have to offer. Cuisine from every country on the planet is available, and there are restaurants of all kinds on practically every street, from five-star fine dining establishments to fast food options from every possible country and down-home cooking. One of the most popular culinary destinations in the city also happens to be located inside one of its most popular boutique hotels – which itself is within walking distance of all the best downtown Toronto food spots. Between its restaurant, its café, and its several bars, the Drake Hotel is one of the hippest hang-outs in the city, featuring local cuisine, live music, innovative drinks, and a welcoming atmosphere. Their Underground venue is a wonderfully varied performance venue, packing the house nightly, and their Lounge features a rotating art exhibit as a background for a variety of activities every week-end. All this on top of the fact that the rooms are uniquely decorated and furnished by local craftspeople and artists, and you can see why it’s become one of the city’s premiere destinations.
When it comes to the cuisine available to guests, the Drake Hotel didn’t get where they are by following the crowd. Their menu (http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/dining/) is full of down-home dishes as well as more exotic fare. Each time the season changes, so do the items on the menu. The variety is endless, with food choices from many countries and cultures as well as locally raised steaks and chops. You’ll want to try some of the reinvented classics that they offer.
One of the best things about any boutique hotel is that the staff will go the extra mile to ensure that your stay is as pleasant as possible, and at the Drake Hotel it’s no different. The rooms vary in size from small crash pads to a suite large enough for a party. Each room is complete with a contemporary glass shower, hardwood floors, original artwork, scrumptious treats and even a handmade doll. Once you have been a guest at The Drake Hotel, you will want to come back again and again to revisit the cutting edge style and happening atmosphere!