Canada: The 123-room Ace Hotel Toronto has opened, located in the Garment District of the city.
The ground-up project has been designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, which installed a three-storey piece of abstract art in the hotel’s lobby, said to represent Lake Ontario.
Atelier Ace led the hotel’s interiors, including custom furnishings in the communal areas. Artwork from nearly 40 artists are featured in the hotel’s public and private spaces.
The Lobby will host a series of music and arts events. In the morning it will offer a menu of pastries and coffee followed by cocktails and small plates later in the day.
Patrick Kriss will oversee all dining menus at Ace Hotel Toronto, working alongside executive chef Devin Murphy and pastry chef Victoria Ammendolia. The main restaurant Alder can be found on the ground floor, serving wood-fired cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean.
Alder’s house red and white wines are blended and bottled for the restaurant by Canadian winery Pearl Morissette. Beverage manager James Park oversees the bar program, and sommelier Arashasp Shroff curates the wine list.
On the fourteenth floor, the 80-seat rooftop bar and lounge Evangeline includes an indoor area and open-air patio. It is due to open later this year and will be the hotel’s late night venue all year round.
Other amenities at the property include an in-room vinyl collection curated by record label Arts & Crafts, as well as three multifunctional events spaces.
Brad Wilson, CEO of Ace Hotel Group, said: “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. 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 neighbourhood’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. It is with great gratitude to the gifts of friends near and far that we welcome all to finally fill this remarkable space.”