The Ace Hotel has finally arrived in Canada, with its first location in our fair city of Toronto. Located in the historic Garment District, Ace Toronto is a brand-new 123-room building constructed from the ground up by Toronto firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. Situated conveniently west of the city’s core on a quiet parkside corner, the hotel blends perfectly into the neighbourhood with little more than a small hotel sign below an impressive curved wood and red brick entrance.
Envisioning the space from the ground up, every part of the hotel speaks to Canadian sensibility, with magnificent poured-in-place concrete arches from which the distinctive hotel lobby hangs. With furnishings created by designer Garth Roberts in collaboration with Atelier Ace, the lobby is chic, inviting and cool, flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows and a white glazed-brick bar. It’s the perfect place to meet for a midday meeting, coffee, or work session, as well as a post-work cocktail or small bite.
Below the lobby bar is Alder, the hotel’s main restaurant helmed by the Michelin Star-winning chef Patrick Kriss of Alo Food Group. Though we’ve yet to snag a formal reservation, the ever-booked-up restaurant features upscale wood-fired fair heavily reliant on seasonal ingredients. A yet-to-open rooftop terrace bar called Evangeline is also in the works this fall (hopefully before the first snowfall).
Should you be looking to stay the night in one of the rooms spread across 14-stories, you’ll find each a little different depending on the layout, with a distinct recessed wardrobe and window constructed out of Douglas fir plywood with a leather couch, concrete ceilings offset by a cozy custom-made quilt of deadstock fabrics by Canadian artist Kyle Parent on each bed.
In the restful urban cabin rooms you’ll find works by primarily Canadian artists, including Dahae Song, tahsine al hassane, Nadia Gohar, Dennis Lin, Guillermo Trejo, and others, enhancing the walls, an in-room vinyl selection curated by Toronto record label Arts & Crafts, and of course locally curated snacks and drinks. The spaciously tiled bathrooms feature both showers and tubs, and of course, robes by Vancouver brand Wings & Horns (a staple we’ve come to enjoy in every other Ace Hotel).
Brad Wilson, CEO of Atelier Ace and Ace Hotel Group calls Toronto “a city that embraces originality and is rooted in the same open-to-all philosophy that founded Ace,” and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to Toronto.
Room rates start at $399 CAD ($305 USD), click here to reserve your stay.