Like New York’s West Village or London’s Notting Hill, the real charm of Toronto’s mid-town Annex area is found along its tree-lined residential streets. Around the corner from Chanel and Gucci boutiques, world-class museums and swish open-air restaurants is block after quiet block of Edwardian and Victorian homes that fuel dreams of 14-foot-high ceilings and original crown moldings set off by fine, contemporary furniture. It’s a vibrant, historic mix that captures the city past and present, and also inspired the neighborhood’s latest resident, the new Kimpton Saint George hotel.
The 14-storey boutique hotel welcomed its first guests in June following the top-to-bottom renovation of a former Holiday Inn. Local design firm Mason Studio worked with the Kimpton to give the 188 pet-friendly guest rooms (including 20 suites) the warm, collected feel of a thoughtfully-appointed apartment. Almost all of the art pieces are original, and the palette combines soothing on-trend shades of dusky blue, green, rust and blush pink with natural wood and stone surfaces. The result is soulful and sophisticated — a true reflection of Toronto itself.