TORONTO — Condé Nast Traveller UK has revealed the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with The Drake Hotel recognized at No.11 and Drake Devonshire at No.18 for hotels in Eastern Canada. This prestigious award was previously awarded to Drake Devonshire in 2017 and 2018, and the Drake Hotel in 2020.
The Drake has a long established knack for creating one-of-a-kind experiential stays that weave together the best of art, culture, community and excellent hospitality, all within impeccably designed spaces. Always intertwined with the neighbourhoods and communities they’re located in, The Drake has a mission to enable travellers to effortlessly immerse themselves in the local culture, whether it’s the vibrant energy of West Queen West or the lakeside serenity of Prince Edward County (PEC).
This most recent accolade comes on the heels of several significant years for the brand. Most recently, The Drake unveiled its long-anticipated Modern Wing expansion on Queen Street West, adding 32 new guestrooms – including the decadent Rooftop Terrace Suite – to the original property, plus an expanded lobby, meeting and event spaces, interior courtyard and a much-loved new Lobby Bar. The expansion received local and international recognition, including silver from the 2022 Brick in Architecture Awards and an Award of Excellence from the City of Toronto’s 2023 Toronto Urban Design Awards.
Additionally, Drake Devonshire revealed a significant evolution to its PEC property – a planned lakefront expansion, in collaboration with Toronto-based architecture firm Superkül, which will add 12 luxurious lakefront rooms and additional event spaces. It’s expected to break ground in 2024.
Finally, 2024 marks The Drake’s 20th anniversary. To celebrate the role they’ve played in their communities through the years, all properties will host a series of art, music, food and cultural experiences. Details will be announced shortly.
“To have two of our properties receive this wonderful recognition from readers and guests on the cusp of our 20th anniversary is an incredible validation of everything we’ve worked hard to create for our guests, our communities and our team,” says John Granger, CEO. “The Drake has always been about establishing a strong sense of place at any of our properties, and capturing the creative, modern spirit of the neighbourhoods we’re a part of. We’re glad that this continues to resonate with our guests and look forward to welcoming curious culture seekers through our doors for years to come.”