The Beverley Hotel Toronto
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The Beverley Hotel at the time that I am writing this is a relative newcomer to the Toronto hotel scene, and being a fan of the Queen Street West area I decided to make it my home base for the weekend.

While perennial hipster favourites like The Drake Hotel, and The Gladstone are located further west on Queen Street near Dufferin, the Beverley is squeezed between top tier retail near Spadina, close to the legendary Horseshoe Tavern, the Umbra Store, and the former Much Music studio. From here it's a short walk to Eaton Centre, nightlife on King Street, and a Jays game down at the Air Canada Centre. While this end of Queen West is decidedly less gritty and thus, interesting, it is a very central and convenient location.

The Beverley itself is basic. There's a rooftop bar and a restaurant on site. The space is modern and simplistic with Scandinavian styling cues. After humping my luggage up the stairs I found there is in fact a small elevator located in the restaurant on the ground floor. The staff were all very friendly, and the rate I paid was good. The location suited me well, and it made for a good home base. While I do prefer the Drake and Gladstone at the other end of Queen Street, in large part for the social aspect of the hotel and the neighbourhood, the Beverley is actually better situated for business activities close to Yonge and Bay streets. I'd definitely give it another go on my next trip into Toronto.

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Chris Stenberg is a creative director, photographer, filmmaker, and traveller. In his spare time you can find him biking and boarding in the mountains of British Columbia.