Our Story

Posted by Drake, October 01, 2011
Our Story

The Drake Hotel is a cultural, entertainment and hospitality landmark in Toronto. Ever since we opened our doors on Valentine’s Day 2004, Drake has come to be known as an energetic hub for visual + performance art as well as dining and hospitality. We’re known for providing one of Canada’s most unique and sought after hotel and culinary experiences. As you can tell, we’re clearly more than a place to eat and sleep: we are a Hotbed for Culture.

With a building that dates back to 1890, we've got a lot of history! The Drake first opened as D.A. Small’s Hotel and went through several owners and names like Hotel Cecil and The Stardust Inn. In 1949 Michael Lundy bought the property, renamed it The Drake and made several improvements that you can see today- like our famous grand staircase in our front Lobby.

The current ownership purchased the property in late 2001 and undertook nearly three years of extensive renovations, dramatically enhancing the existing beautiful cultural and architectural elements that have given way to Drake’s current look.

The Drake Hotel re-opened its doors in February of 2004 and has since gone on to proudly redefine the Toronto boutique hotel experience, creating our own version of a downtown urban retreat where travelers, culture seekers and neighbours all happily intersect to enjoy the thoughtful contradictions of high and low, new and old. We don’t take ourselves too seriously but we are serious about design! Our style has evolved to become forward thinking while being nostalgically influenced.

Staying true to all things Drake, we’re excited about extending our cultural mandate to our new outpost, Drake Devonshire Inn, now open in Wellington, Ontario. The art, food and wine happenings that currently exist in Prince Edward County, as well as our beautiful historic Inn literally hovering over Lake Ontario made the choice to join another incredible community an easy one. With significant refurbishment and expansion alongside seasonal menus, cultural programs, inspiring excursions and a thoughtfully curated permanent art collection, Drake Devonshire will truly be a Drake outpost, Inn the County!

From live music in the Underground, to award winning cocktails on our climate defiant, year round Sky Yard roof-top patio; from ongoing art exhibits and yummy eats, there's always something happening at Drake!

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