First Look: Ace Hotel Toronto

Slated to open in June 2022, the 123-room Ace Hotel Toronto will become Ace’s inaugural project in Canada.

Housed in a newbuild designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the property features locally inspired interiors by Ace’s in-house design team, as well as a signature restaurant – Alder – helmed by acclaimed chef Patrick Kriss, who will also take charge of a yet-to-be-named rooftop bar and lounge debuting later this summer.

The hotel is located in the Garment district just blocks from music venues Horseshoe Tavern and Velvet Underground, the Art Gallery of Ontario and Toronto Film Festival’s HQ, together with the city’s artistic, cultural and recreational public space. As such, it reflects the area’s past through a prismatic and future-facing vantage, preserving its layered legacies and adding texture through design. Intentionally crafted as a civic space, the property stands both in homage to and in dialogue with the neighbourhood it inhabits.

“We’ve long admired Toronto, a free-thinking city and international cultural capital, and we are thrilled to open our first Canadian home here,” says Brad Wilson, CEO of Ace Hotel Group. “Ace Toronto is housed in a building inspired, both in design and ethos, by the electricity and independence of this remarkable place. 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.”

A guest bathroom at Ace Hotel Toronto in Canada

Upon entering, guests will be greeted by a suspended lobby overlooking St. Andrew’s Playground Park – the site of the city’s first green patch devoted to children’s play. The public spaces are defined by an honest and refined material palette of concrete, clay, copper and wood, which is echoed throughout the guestrooms too.

Bespoke furnishings and lighting have been custom-designed by Atelier Ace and Shim-Sutcliffe Architects to bring tangible comfort to the building’s design, and playfully intermix with vintage furniture sourced locally in Toronto. Original artworks by primarily Torontonian artists will also offer reflection and joy across the hotel, while the guestrooms, conceived as urban cabins to offer respite from the city, feature deep-set window benches that invite conversation and closeness, and grant sitters bird’s-eye views of the park below.

Brigitte Shim, co-founder of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, comments: “Our intention with was to make a positive contribution to our city, a welcoming civic space where both locals and guests feel equally at home.”

Photography: © Graydon+Herriott

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