Staycation Mode

Take Artistic Cues from This Colorful, Immersive Toronto Hotel

Quiet minimalism has its place, but The Drake Hotel in Toronto takes a more maximalist approach. The 19-room boutique hotel works with local artists to decorate the walls and common spaces with modern paintings and rotating installations, and the rooms are filled with one-of-a-kind commissions by contemporary talents like Greg Ito and Kendra Yee. Also home to a thriving live music venue, the Drake is a vibrant home base for exploring Toronto—and it might just inspire you to some livelier vibes to your own space.

What to Know If You Go

Vibe: The Drake Hotel is all about fun, right down the asymmetric, bookshelves. Each of the rooms has a mid-century modern feel, but with just the right amount of punch, thanks to primary paint colors, geometric quilts, and textured wall hangings—there’s a unique one dangling above every bed. A few short steps away (in a space that used to house a pickle factory!), the Drake Commissary serves as a bustling restaurant, a cafe, a neighborhood bakery, and an incubator for up-and-coming chefs. Overall, the space very much feels like an upscale, working art studio that’s as inviting as it is creative.

Fun Fact: The Drake Hotel is committed to helping the local arts community and has partnered with organizations like Sketch, an art studio for homeless or at-risk youth artists, and the Mount Sinai Foundation, where they fund and organize a program to bring art therapy to patients. 

Notable Neighbors: Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Trinity Bellwoods Park, House of Anansi Press, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

How to Recreate the Feel at Home

To pull this look off, it’s crucial to start off with some basics and then to layer on the fun. Think classic maple furniture and simple light fixtures, all topped off with bright, printed rugs and throws—and, just like that, you’ve got yourself an artist’s dream getaway.