It's been five years in the making, but Hotel X Toronto, the newest (and most eagerly anticipated) property from the Library Collection, has finally arrived at Exhibition Place. President Henry Kallan's vision, seen elsewhere in Budapest's Aria Hotel and New York's Library Hotel, is alive and well in this new location.
With a huge roster of great features, including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, multiple dining options, rooftop pools and above all, superb views of the skyline, this hotel is so much more than a place to rest one's head.
While the rest of the hotel boasts some exciting interior design (don't forget to look up in the lobby at the stunning light fixtures), once you're inside the rooms, cool, clean lines abound. Depending on which one of the 406 rooms you stay in (39 of which are suites), you can expect pared down decor with crisp white sheets, given an injection of colour with plush sofas and leather armchairs.
All rooms are equipped with a Nespresso Zenius coffee machine, L'Occitane toiletries and big squishy mattresses that'll ruin sleep in your own bed forever after – console yourself with the stunning views of the lake.
Each room has a one-of-a-kind print on the wall, shot by Neil Dankoff, whose work is showcased at the Kandy Gallery, located on the bottom floor. The Canadian travel photographer was given a remit to travel the world and take pictures for Hotel X Toronto by none other than Henry Kallan, President of the Library Collection.
Like all of the Library Collection's properties, this boutique hotel has some impressive features that were customized especially for the city it calls home. Hotel X Toronto has a 50-seat screening room and a larger 250-seat cinema, reflecting the city's love of film; they hope the space can become a hub for film screenings, particularly during TIFF, in the future.
Ten X Toronto, their huge onsite fitness centre, is especially fitting given the hotel's proximity to the sports corridor (BMO Field and Biosteel are both nearby). With nine squash courts, four tennis courts, dedicated studios for yoga, spinning and pilates and a tech-heavy gym (which also accepts private members), guests will have no excuse for "off days".
Food options are plentiful here; enjoy dinner on the second floor at Maxx's Kitchen, daily complimentary breakfast and an evening wine and cheese reception in the Library Club Lounge (with Library Club Access), and cocktails with a view of the Toronto skyline at Falcon SkyBar. Additionally, Pétros 82, will be opening in the fall, promising guests upscale Mediterranean food overlooking Stanley Gardens. The Beer Garden at Stanley Barracks is also slated to arrive in 2019.
Hotel X Toronto may cut a solitary figure as the only accommodation located at Exhibition Place – but the views afforded more than make up for that.
Despite the building's towering presence, Hotel X Toronto was originally intended to extend beyond its 28 floors. Due to it's proximity to Billy Bishop and its emergency flight path, the City of Toronto was forced to dash those plans during the early phase of construction. Nevertheless, the hotel's rooftop bar and pool give guests a spectacular birdseye view worthy of wiling away those golden hours.
Peek to the west and you'll see the Budweiser Stage and Humber Bay off in the distance. The real tour de force, though, is reserved for the easterly view, which showcases a fairly unobstructed view of the CN Tower from a perspective not often enjoyed.
Rooms start at $299 per night.
111 Princes' Boulevard, corner of Lakeshore Blvd W &, Newfoundland Rd, 647-943-9300, hotelxtoronto.com