We'd never been there but had heard good things about it. So we thought we'd spend three nights there to celebrate my 'very big number' birthday.
On Thursday, April 12 we made our way over to the Drake Hotel at 1150 Queen Street West in Toronto at about 8:30 in the evening. And boy.....am I ever glad we did! Nothing prepared us for the absolutely fantastic place that is the Drake Hotel.
From the moment we walked in it was perfect. We were greeted so wonderfully by Stephanie at the front desk. What a sweetie. No sooner had we asked for a suggestion our two for local restaurants then she had a complete list, hand-written, for us with the names, phone numbers and info about each place. Talk about personal service!
Things just kept getting better and better. We decided to actually stay at the Drake for dinner and wow.....what an amazing dining room they have. We were served by yet another warm and wonderful Drake employee, Hailey, who made our first meal there a totally satisfying and fun experience. She was so friendly and helpful. And she had a lovely smile to boot!
The next morning we met two more 'Drakinans' who raised the employee bar even higher. We met hotel manager Jonathan and Drake curator, Mia. They took us on a tour of the hotel and told us everything there is to know about the hotel's history and the stories behind all of the fantastic artwork that graces so many of the hotel's spaces. Mia is such an 'artist at heart'. She has a superb eye for detail and colour and made our art-gazing experience so much richer than it would have been had we done it without her. And Jonathan? What a warm, caring, fun guy! The two of them made a super team of tour guides and we loved all that we saw and heard about the Drake.
We came in contact with several other people worth mentioning- Craig, another warm and wonderful 'front desk' guy. He helped us with answers to questions and just by being so attentive to everything.
At the little front-door kiosk we met and fell in love with Laura and Matthew. These two 'cuties' both hail fromScotland and just listening to them talk made us happy. They are both so friendly and helpful. Laura taught me a few things about my digital camera that I had no idea about. She even offered to bring her battery charger in the next day in case I needed it. Now that's service!!!
And Perry (sorry if that's not how you spell it) was our server in the Lounge on our last night. She was as warm and bubbly as all of the others at the Drake.
From the wonderful ambiance of the hotel to the incredible service to the out-of-this-world food (you MUST have the Lobster nachos....to die for!!!), the Drake is the only place we want to go in Toronto to have so many fantastic experiences surrounded by so, so many fantastic people.
We absolutely can't wait to go back and have decided to make The Drake our 'staycation destination' of choice for our wedding anniversary in June. Only 11 more weeks to go!!!!!
Thank you, Drake Hotel, for the most wonderful weekend ever!
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