Room Service: The Anndore House – Toronto
Retro glamour combines with hip, modern amenities at this buzzy boutique hotel.
- By Jessica Huras -
This newly-opened boutique hotel at Yonge and Bloor restores the former glamour of the luxury hotel and residence that once occupied the space. Originally opened as the Anndore Hotel and Apartments in the 1950s, the revamped property looks to the hotel’s heyday for design inspiration.
Techie features, however, are firmly rooted in present-day, with the hotel’s app giving guests the option to check-in on their mobile devices, as well as order room service and control in-room lighting and temperature. The standard reception desk is replaced by a long table set under an impressive skylight, removing the usual barrier between staff and guests for those who prefer in-person check-in.
Mid-century touches are sprinkled throughout the rooms, which are outfitted with retro Smeg kettles, vintage postcards and Crosley record players along with a selection of vinyl LPs. Exposed brick walls and brass-accented bathrooms add a modern element and give the rooms a loft-like feel – a hipster home-away-from-home. The latter also come with fluffy bathrobes and bath products from C.O. Bigelow. Mini-bars are stocked with a selection of trendy brands, including Sugarfina and Flow water.
Four room categories range in size from the 225-300-square-foot Loft King Rooms to the 550-square-foot Master Suites, which include separate living areas with sectional sofas and two-person dining tables.
Anchored by Constantine, a stylish Mediterranean restaurant from the team behind La Palma, the Anndore House’s dining options are good enough to make it worth a visit even if you’re not staying here. The restaurant continues the hotel’s sophisticated yet homey aesthetic with its richly-coloured accent walls and open-kitchen ringed by a chef’s bar. Middle Eastern influences spice up classic dishes like pasta and pizza, which pair nicely with an extensive wine list and a menu of spirit-forward cocktails.
An adjacent bar serves up small plates and drinks, while the Scarlet Door cafe offers casual, grab-and-go fare like pastries and breakfast sandwiches. The main floor is also home to the second Toronto location of Crows Nest Barbershop, and an upper-floor meeting and party room is slated to launch this summer.
Set on a quiet side street, two blocks south of Yonge and Bloor, the hotel’s central Toronto location makes it a great base for visitors and staycationers alike. It’s less than five minutes by foot to Bloor-Yonge station as well as to the shops and restaurants of Yorkville.
Rooms start at $299 per night
15 Charles St E, Toronto, ON, 416 924 1222, theanndorehouse.com