The hotel's 77 spacious rooms are all decorated in a similar style, with a palette of rich purples, fresh greys and lavish fabrics and carpets. The rooms start at a generous 500 sq ft in the deluxe category. Most of the rooms at the hotel are in the Luxury category and come in at 600 sq ft. Not only are the rooms are extremely cosy and tastefully designed, but they come with all the latest in the way of gadgets, like iPod docking stations, large flat-screen televisions, and a control panel with functions for everything in the room from the drapes to the lights. A little advanced for our simple minds, but tech-savvy guests won't have a problem finding their way around.
The focus of the decor is on the rich textures used, which range from marble tops to zebra-striped wood. Every room has a walk-in wardrobe space leading to the bathrooms. A nice detail was the heated floors - handy in the Canadian winter. Bathrooms are al stocked with the French high end brand,L'Occitane en Provence, giving the bathrooms that extra pampering edge.
Although the hotel is a modern build, there is plenty of cachet, as discreet as it may be, but pay attention to the rounded bay windows and the French doors some rooms have. This adds a welcome charm to the hotel.
The exclusive boutique hotel is one of our favourites in the city, especially for its friendly staff that couldn't be further from snooty, which is rare to find in this sort of establishment. If you're headed to the hotel, keep your eye peeled as the entrance is so discrete that it is easily missed.
The hotel was built in 2007 and the aim was for it to be a permanent art hub for high-profile local artists like Bruno Billio (who also designed a room at The Gladstone Hotel on Queen Street West). As guests enter the hotel, not only will the hotel's signature scent (yes, we are serious) draw you into its depths, but a large silver sculpture of stacked suitcases by Canadian artist, Bruno Billio, at the entrance, sets the scene for the rest of the hotel's shared areas. Although the hotel isn't like its five star rivals in the city, you will appreciate its elaborate contemporary art collection with pieces scattered all over the hotel, including in the lobby, where you will find an ancient light projector, which acts as a clin d'oeil to show business, the industry a lot of the hotel's clientele is involved in.
The lobby itself isn't very big, giving away the fact that guests aren't really the type to linger in hotel lobbies. But through the lobby you will find the beautiful slick bar with an outdoor terrace for the warmer months. An extremely popular hang-out for yuppie Torontonians mainly, you will also be able to spot a star or two here, especially during the Tribeca film festival.
Back through the lobby is the access to the upper floors, where you will find the rooms, the spa, gym and indoor pool. With only three floors, the hotel feels a lot bigger than it actually is due to its private feel and quiet ambience.