There are more than a few differences between the typical luxury hotel you check into, and a boutique hotel. Sure, you can check into any number of hotels and receive a nice bedroom and a bathroom. You’ll probably even get good room service and attentive staff, but that doesn’t even come close to what a boutique hotel has to offer.

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A boutique hotel has a style and decor that is unique. It’s run by staff that appreciates the quirky, and embraces the unconventional. In such a hotel you’ll find an atmosphere that’s both cozy and intimate. Pass through the lobby and you’ll feel as if you’re at home- although a home that’s the very definition of hip and cool. These are hotels that value quality over quantity. They offer a finite selection of rooms- each outfitted in cozy furnishings with oodles of personality- rather than hundreds of luxury rooms, each one identical to the other. Contemporary furnishings mix with handmade glassware and original artwork to create a room full of unique character.

The cool factor of the boutique hotel is often a great indicator for the lively streets of an active city outside. Step from the hip, friendly atmosphere of the hotel to the happening metropolitan nightlife beyond, and you’ll find an exciting night scene of music, coffee shops, and clubs. Within the heart of Toronto sits the famous Drake Hotel. Toronto boasts a thriving nightlife that surrounds this extraordinary boutique hotel. You can walk the busy streets around the Drake and find the best clubs in the area. It’s hard to go far without finding a top nightclub offering live entertainment and good food.

Another great benefit of staying at The Drake is their Dining Room. Your palate will thank you for trying what is surely among the best in dining in Toronto. After you’ve wrapped up with a relaxing beer, stroll through the lobby and soak in the late evening ambiance. Take a chance to stop by and check out their latest art exhibit, showcasing contemporary artists.

Toronto is rightly proud of its hotbed of culture. The Drake Hotel is an integral part of that happening cultural scene, bringing live entertainment to its own venue, The Underground. Any night of the week, you’ll find the latest indie acts performing to a packed room of hip listeners. The Underground and the upscale restaurant, the Dining Room, offer compelling reasons to stay within the walls of the hotel, but if you should decide to sample other locales, the friendly staff will be more than happy to direct you to nearby art galleries and nightclubs. Visit Thedrakehotel.ca to get a taste of the boutique hotel experience at this Toronto institution of culinary, music, arts and culture.