Toronto’s Drake Hotel is popular with out of town visitors and renowned as an arts and entertainment destination, and this summer they’re trying to build on this by luring Toronto residents to escape in the city instead of heading to cottage country. The highlights at the Drake this summer are a menu featuring virgin cocktails, a lobster fest, as well as an art installation by Ron English.
The Drake Hotel is celebrating summer with style as they launch their unique take on the traditional summer fairground on Queen Street West in Toronto. Dubbed Drakeland, the special summer-long event includes an art exhibit, hotel packages, parties, and a fresh menu to celebrate the season.
A good friend of mine (Josh Stone from the Fairmont Royal York Health Club) was looking for something unique to give me for a birthday gift–what he came up with was unique all right, im fact it was uniquely unique! He treated me to walk around the outside of the roof of the CN Tower, an adventure known as the EdgeWalk.
Living in the ever changing, exciting world of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel reminded me that, as familiar with a place you think you may be, it can and does show you constantly that there is more to the place than meets the eye.
Such was confirmed for me recently on a wonderful evening that begin on the roof of the hotel and ended with a splendid dinner with the hours in between being filled with great company, great food, and lots of hotel talk.
In the latest instalment of the great Fairmont Royal York Writer In Residence adventure, Christopher Heard takes a look at life in the hotel this week, and then wanders down the corridors of memory lane for a look back through his career as a writer.
There is something incredibly social about living in a hotel – even if you are not particularly a social person you cannot help but be enveloped in the constant motion and movement of people in and out. The pace is quick here but not in the rat-race kind of way – the quickness here comes with an excitement and happiness. Visitors are on their way out to explore or are dragging their luggage across the lobby to quickly check in and get their adventure underway.
I woke up this morning in a lovely suite in the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. The curtains in the bedroom area were open a foot or so and my view from bed was of a gryphon shaped gargoyle perched over the corner of the tenth floor. I thought to myself, “This is a hotel.”