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The Drake Hotel

Toronto, Ontario View map

About

If you’re looking for a unique wedding experience, then The Drake Hotel is the perfect option. Located in Toronto, this hotel is trendy and chic, which is perfect for those who want to set themselves apart with their wedding celebration. The staff is attentive and wants to make your wedding happen with style, elegance and sophistication, the perfect elements for the modern day bride. So if you are looking for an amazing venue that offers multiple opportunities to have your wedding laid out in various formations, then The Drake Hotel is right for you!

Facilities and Capacity

There are seven different event spaces for your wedding to occur. The South Lounge can accommodate up to 150 guests for a strolling cocktail reception and the North Lounge is ideal for 50 seated guests or 60 for a cocktail reception, and they can be combined if needed. The Underground can accommodate up to 125 guests for a cocktail reception while the Sky Yard can host 30 seated guests and 80 to 125 guests for a cocktail reception with food stations. For more intimate weddings, Room 222 can accommodate up 16 seated guests with a plated set menu. The Cafe Bistro and South Patio have indoor and outdoor spaces, where they can host 30 seated guests inside or up to 70 guests including the outside area for a cocktail reception.

Services Offered

Your friends and family will loves the hotel rates. In addition, the staff consists of superb event planners, helping take care of multiple wedding details. This includes décor, catering, custom bake sales, and fresh flowers. In fact, the hotel can take care of nearly everything if you want.

History

The Drake first began in 1890. The hotel was at a convenient location, considering the major Canadian Pacific Railway hub near downtown. The hotel changed owners and names several times, including “Drake” by owner Michael Lundy in 1949. In 2001, the hotel was further renovated, and reopened in 2004.

Location

The facility is located in Toronto, ON. While the hotel offers art, music, and other contemporary events constantly, it’s also near many of the other activities available within Toronto, ON. Toronto Pearson International Airport is the closest airport, which is only 18 minutes away.

Highlights

Type

Hotel, restaurant

Style

City, eclectic, modern

Event Services

Accommodations, bridal suite, catering / bar, event planning, event rentals, lighting / sound

Reception Site Fee - Peak Season

$3,500

Plated Service (per head)

$65

More information

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5 event spaces on site

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail reception
Dessert
Family style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne toast
Open bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink

What event items are available?

Audio equipment
Dance floor
Furniture
Lighting
Photobooth
Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$3,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Event planning
Chairs
Tables
China
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/sound

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$85

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$65

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

$30

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$45

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Limited bar
Open bar
House beer
House wine
Specialty wine
Champagne toast
House liquor
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Bartenders
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    Chris P. Married on 07/10/2018
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    Perfect Venue

    The Drake was the perfect venue for what we were looking for - which was a venue for 130 people that felt intimate, could provide just enough of the traditional fixtures (ceremony, speeches, etc.) but was also much more of a party. The 'standing buffet' style meant that we could talk to everyone, and the party felt very informal - and the expertise the staff brought to the format meant we could relax.

    Plus - the venue is incredibly stylish, and exactly what we were looking for.
  • Natalie
    Natalie K. Married on 25/03/2017
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    Thank you to The Drake Hotel ***especially Jessica*** for helping to make our wedding dreams come true!! It is difficult to put into words but I shall try. After going to so many weddings, we felt that many of them started to blend in together and they had a similar format. We wanted to prioritize music, dancing, great good, and mingling/socializing in a fun but unique venue. The Drake Hotel could not have been more perfect for us. Jessica was incredible to work with. She is responsive, really understands what her clients are looking for, obviously a great planner, and really goes above and beyond to bring everything to life. There was not one detail missed. The food was incredible and plentiful, and Jessica's day of coordination kept everything on schedule. We stayed on the main floor for dinner and some initial dancing, and then decided to go downstairs to the Underground for late dancing and snacks. We had an incredible live band (Soular) so how could we not use the concert stage down there! We had 150 guests and it wasn't too crowded or too empty feeling. Anyways I digress.... although of course the wedding would have been amazing because I married my amazing husband, it was that much better because it literally brought everything we wanted in a wedding to life. THANK YOU SO MUCH to Jessica and everyone at The Drake for giving us the best wedding, and our guests an amazing night. Everyone is still raving about it and so many people said it was one of the best parties!! Not that our intention was to be the best, but again, just being different helps to freshen things up. If you are looking for a downtown Toronto wedding venue that is not as traditional, with all the bells and whistles, pick the Drake!
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    Lauren B. Married on 17/10/2010
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    We had an amazing experience at The Drake from planning to day of. I can't stop bragging about how wonderful our experience was. So many of our guests have commented that we had "The coolest wedding they've ever been to" also. Not one thing went wrong on the big day, and I have nothing but great things to say about Ashley, her team and The Drake Hotel.
    Thanks!
    Lauren Baker
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    Christine L. Married on 18/04/2009
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    Ever since I stepped into this venue, I knew I had to have my wedding reception there. It is an old hotel (circa 1890) that was recently renovated and is now the hottest place to be in Toronto. Everyone I told that I was having my reception there was excited for me. It's got so much character, there's real art installations on the wall, the service was IMPECCABLE... my grandmother, who came over from Northern Ireland over fifty years ago, said the salmon we had at our reception was the best she's had this side of the Atlantic. Everyone had a wonderful time. The food was terrific - especially the wedding cupcakes. They carried them out on a wooden plank and they were so big with heaps of buttercream icing and a shortbread cookie on top with a personalized motif - an ivy leaf, because that was our new name. I had a small wedding - only 60 guests, and we had our party in the room called the underground. It was dark and intimate, like a romantic restaurant, and my husband and I spent a lot of time (because we didn't have appetites) upstairs, getting amazing photos around the building. The architecture, light fixtures, art installations - it's all so cool, and so young. AND, we didn't break the bank.

The Drake Hotel Real Weddings

  • Sandra & Vince
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