Ace Hotel Group’s global expansion continues with the launch of the Ace Hotel Toronto. The 123-room new build in the city’s historic Garment District also marks the boutique hotel brand’s arrival in Canada. Designed by locally based firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the property nods to the neighborhood’s legacy of industrial innovation and its evolution into an artistic hub.
“Long a leading global light for its forward-thinking approach to city-making and design, Toronto is a city that embraces originality and is rooted in the same open-to-all philosophy that founded Ace,” says Brad Wilson, CEO of Atelier Ace and Ace Hotel Group. “We could not be more proud to open Ace Hotel Toronto—the architectural magnificence of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects’ work has created a bona fide wonder. They have built an inherently civic space that respects the neighborhood’s storied past while nurturing its future. Likewise, chef Patrick Kriss has worked in tandem with our team to create something exceptional at Alder, a restaurant with an honest reverence of seasons and quality.”
Beyond a red brick façade, Ace Hotel Toronto is distinguished by a lobby outfitted with rhythmic concrete arches and an abstract three-story installation that recalls the waters of Lake Ontario. Red oak lining spans the lobby, which is suspended by slender steel rods to provide guests with a unique variety of vantage points. Custom furnishings contribute to a warm, tactile ambiance apt for an array of needs.
Anchored by a wood-fired hearth and grill, Alder serves as the hotel’s all-day dining destination and social hub, while the Evangeline rooftop bar and lounge accommodates 80 guests across a cozy indoor area and open-air patio on the 14th floor.
Guestrooms and suites were crafted akin to restorative cabins complete with Douglas fir paneling, copper accents, light fixtures and side tables, and deep-set window benches that reinforce the cityscape.
“It is with great gratitude to the gifts of friends near and far that we welcome all to finally fill this remarkable space,” Wilson adds.