More Fine Places to Stay: Toronto

The Drake Hotel is a hip boutique hotel offering guests a memorable lodging experience with art, nightlife, delicious cuisine and comfortable guestrooms. It is located in Toronto’s Art District, just minutes from the excitement of downtown. Funky, individually designed rooms feature modern artwork by local artists, hardwood floors, high ceilings and windows that open.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 19 rooms (14-35m2) • hotel opened: February 2004 (originally D.A. Small’s Hotel, opened 1890) • bathroom amenities: Malin + Goetz • parking possible nearby (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

In a former “shady” area, which is now a great location near upscale Yorkville, the Bloor Street museums, the Yonge Street shops, arts venues, and more, the Anndore House started life as an upscale apartment building. The sexy residential style has a dimly lit lobby with moody greens and purples, dark woods, and glam gold-framed art. Past the kitchen island–style reception desk lies a sexy bar in velvet and wood paneling. Rooms comes with cushy beds and rainfall showers.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 113 rooms (21-51m2) • hotel opened: 2018 (previously Comfort Inn) • interior design: Ciccone-Simone • bathroom amenities: C.O. Bigelow • on-site parking (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

The Gladstone is a boutique art hotel uniquely blending historical Victorian architecture with contemporary luxury. It is located in Toronto’s downtown art and design district. Local artists turned the guest rooms into works of art, ensuring no two rooms are the same. Highlights include Cecilia Berkovic’s room 305, Teen Queen, a homage to the cool chicks that rule the school; Simone Moir and Corwyn Lund’s ethereal The Parlour of Twilight; and Bob Blumer’s Surreal Gourmet, a den of food-inspired kitsch.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 37 rooms (12-66m2) • hotel opened: 2008 (originally opened 1889) • parking possible nearby (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

A historic Toronto East End neighbourhood landmark dating to 1891,the redbrick Romanesque Revival-style building has been transformed into the hip Broadview Hotel. Each of guestrooms is refreshingly unique, and fully outfitted with luxury linens, a vinyl record player and a mini-bar offering locally sourced goods. There is a popular Rooftop bar serving small plates and a ground floor Café+Bar.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 58 rooms, including 1 suite (25-65m2) • hotel opened: July 2017 • interior design: DesignAgency • parking possible nearby (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk

The Kimpton Saint George looks more like a residence than a hotel, full of fun quirks, clever details, and arched doorways, hallways and mirrors uniting the design of the public spaces. There is a sense of place with an artsy, lived-in look brightened by craftsmanship and pieces by top Canadian talent. Expect lots of wood, patterned rugs and many other earthy colours and textures, including loads of natural light. A fireplace warms up a cosy and comfortable living room-like lounge off the lobby, a fine spot to settle in with the newspaper.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 188 rooms & suites (25-84m2) • hotel opened: 2018 (formerly Holiday Inn Yorkville) • interior design: Mason Studio • bathroom amenities: Atelier Bloem • parking possible on-site (charged) ✅ pets allowed, no charges • 24-hour front desk

Coming soon: 1 Hotels are setting up shop in the former Thompson Hotel Toronto. 1 Hotels purposefully reuses existing structural and reclaimed materials gathered from the local community, including timber, driftwood and local limestone. The hotel’s design balances refined elements with a comfortably curated atmosphere, inspired by the creativity and craftsmanship of local artists, builders, chefs, and others.

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