Inside the Drake Motor Inn, the last hotel outpost in Prince Edward County
When Drake Hotel founder Jeff Stober was a kid, his family took summer trips to Cape Cod, where they stayed in retro roadside inns. He has loved them ever since. Last year, his team bought a hostel just off Drake Devonshire in Wellington (formerly Cribs on the Creek) and spent six months transforming the rooms into playful spaces that combine modern comfort with nostalgic whimsy.
Visitors will find plenty of nods to old-school trips and family vacations (think Polaroid cameras, vending machines, and board games). Rooms are more spacious than most in Devonshire, making it easier to accommodate families and, most importantly, dogs are allowed to stay overnight (dog beds are available on request, and they charge $ 35 per day. for pets – related housekeeping costs). Here is a glimpse of the interior.
This is a Studio King room. Mia Nielsen, curator of the Drake, chose pieces in the same warm tones as the Kodak film, like these shots by Toronto artist Steven Beckly:
The bedside tables were handmade in Toronto and the beds were custom made in Quebec:
Drake’s in-house design team, led by Carlo Colacci and Joyce Lo, used a combination of drum wood panels and grass canvas wallpaper on the walls:
The Den Queen room has a sofa bed. Toronto still-life photographer Alison Postma created works of art hanging behind the sofa:
Each room is equipped with its own Polaroid camera, and visitors can purchase films to capture memories. There is also a personalized vending machine that dispenses souvenirs from the Drake General Store, snacks from the minibar, and a selection of items from the “Pleasure Menu”, which includes bondage tape, vegan condoms, anal plugs and vibrators:
Here is the minibar configuration in the Studio King room. The Danish design brand Woud produced the shelves:
The stationery is at the mark:
The bathrooms feature works by Philadelphia artist Roxana Azar:
Each bathroom also has a bespoke vanity stocked with Malin and Goetz products. French designer Charlotte Perriand made the wall lights:
43 Wharf Street, Wellington, ON. Thedrake.ca.