A bit of welcome news is coming for visitors travelling to Toronto as early as mid-June of 2022: the uber-cool Ace Hotel — known for its beloved locations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Kyoto, and more — will be opening its doors in the city’s downtown core, marking Ace’s first location in Canada. This addition to the city’s luxury hotel portfolio will equally appeal to locals who’ve been longing to revisit the brand’s inspired and innovative properties without having to board a plane to get there. Stylish rooms and great service aside, the restaurants and bars attached to the Ace have always been top notch, and regardless of hotel occupancy rates, both the rooftop bar of the Ace Los Angeles and the Lobby Bar of the Ace New York are consistently bustling with youthful exuberance.
The high-end hipster establishment, known for its vintage-meets-industrial flair, will be nestled on Toronto’s Camden Street in the heart of the Fashion District — adjacent to Queen West, Chinatown, and the Downtown business core.
The 123-room hotel is housed in a new building designed by award-winning Toronto firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. The property will also introduce a rooftop bar and lounge debuting later this summer that is still yet to be named — as well as dining from highly distinguished chef Patrick Kriss who helms the signature restaurant Alder — which intends to be an all-day hangout spot in Toronto, with a full bar program and a casual yet refined Mediterranean-inspired menu.
“We’ve long admired Toronto, a free-thinking city and international cultural capital, and we are thrilled to open our first Canadian home here. Ace Toronto is housed in a brand-new building inspired, both in design and ethos, by the electricity and independence of this remarkable place,” says Brad Wilson, CEO of Ace Hotel Group, in a press release. “Along with our brilliant collaborators, including Shim-Sutcliffe and Chef Patrick Kriss, we have created a site that reflects the city’s legacy as a global meeting ground and aims to actively share in its future. We look forward to opening our doors and welcoming everyone — locals and visitors alike.”
When entering Ace Hotel Toronto, guests will happen upon a suspended lobby overlooking St. Andrew’s Playground Park. The hotel’s common spaces as well as guest rooms are created with a refined material palette in mind consisting of clay, copper, wood, and concrete. The guest rooms feature minimalist design, modern deep-set window benches, a view of the below park, and is a calming place for comfort, relaxation, and to rejuvenate after a day in the bustling city.
Comforting and creative furnishings and lighting that complement the building’s style — and are specific to its new Canadian location — were custom-designed by Atelier Ace and Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and include an array of locally sourced vintage furniture. Original artworks are also displayed across the hotel from a range of artists, primarily ones from Toronto.
Although Ace Hotel Toronto will officially open its doors on June 15, the property is already taking reservations. Whether you’re planning a trip to “The 6ix” or live in the area, you’re going to want to secure a room — fast.