We think the neighbourood around 300 Bloor Street West is one of the best spots in the city, and it seems we’re in good company. Earlier this summer we welcomed a new neighbour to the block – the Kimpton Saint George.
“Toronto is one of the most dynamic cities in the world right now with its own distinct identity and culture, making it a perfect home for Kimpton,” said Ron Vlasic, Vice-President of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. “We’re thrilled to be opening the first boutique hotel that embodies the essence of the lively Annex neighbourhood, in the hub of the city’s arts, culture and dining scene.”
The San Francisco-based boutique hotel chain handpicked Bloor Street West as the location for Canada’s only Kimpton outpost (66 other properties are located in 35 cities around the world). According to a press release, the new 188-room hotel (a complete renovation of the old Holiday Inn) is “the kind of social gathering space that will capture the spirit of this chic, dynamic neighborhood.”
Residents at 300 Bloor Street West may notice some parallels in the development approach – Kimpton is recognized as a leader in transforming existing buildings into artfully designed hotels that pay homage to their environment, an ethos that’s informed the design for the new BSUC and 300 Bloor Street West.
At the Saint George that translates into natural materials, rich textures, mid-century-inspired design, eclectic guestrooms inspired by the Annex’s heritage houses, artwork and décor by top Canadian talent, and an exterior that Toronto Life called, “a chic, subtle ode to the Canadian landscape.” The property has also held on to an old neighbourhood favourite, updating the Fox & Fiddle into The Fortunate Fox, a gastropub where travellers, locals, and students will still find their beloved Sunday night karaoke and half-price wine.
The overall atmosphere at Kimpton Saint George is intimate and intriguing, a great addition to Bloor Street West and another dynamic component in this diverse community. In a “city of neighbourhoods,” it’s great to know that Kimpton has chosen ours for their new home.
Image Courtesy of Kimpton Saint George