Once the Holiday Inn on Bloor, the Kimpton Saint George has undergone a major revamp, reincarnating into a gorgeous boutique hotel with plenty of local touches. The small but perfectly formed space was designed by Mason Studio and has a laid-back aesthetic, with wood and marble accents, moody dark blues and greys paired with rich pops of colour and local art curated by Art and Objects, a Toronto-based art production studio.
Walking through the corridors, there’s the feeling of being in an Agatha Christie novel, with the hotel's arches and 1920s peacock blue palette, but things are much brighter in the downstairs lobby. Grab a selfie while you wait for the elevator - there’s a mind-bending mirror that seems to stretch back forever.
The King Deluxe, at 274 square feet, was more than enough room for us to stretch out and relax. There's a small table and chair next to the window where you can plug into the multimedia ports if you need to do a little work during your stay. The rooms are decorated in cooler colours and earthy tones, and there’s a distinct art deco vibe to the boutique abodes.
Each room is kitted out with a custom wooden armoire (ours had a little white squirrel from local artist GreatBeard hiding out behind the door), housing handy items for your stay including an umbrella, an ironing board, super-soft Frette bathrobes and a yoga mat. The rooms all feature locally-sourced artwork and sleek light-fittings, with plenty of low-lamps that are perfect for reading in bed.
If you find a tub in your shower, don’t be alarmed. As a space saver, some of the suites are kitted out with a bath inside the shower space, so you can soak using the Atelier Bloem toiletries provided in whatever way you see fit.
Pets are welcome to stay at the Kimpton Saint George free of charge - so you can treat your fur babies to a staycation, too.
In the lobby, enjoy complimentary tea and coffee in the morning. Guests are also invited to a daily wine hour. If you're looking for a workout, visit the fitness centre or explore the city on one of Kimpton's custom designed PUBLIC bikes, available for guests to use. For those who want to enjoy their room for the duration of their stay, in-room dining is available 24 hours a day.
The Fortunate Fox may have kept some of its name (it was formerly The Fox and the Fiddle), but the similarities end there. The new gastropub, located inside the Kimpton Saint George, has created an elevated pub menu - you can still order a burger or fish ‘n chips, but now the meals are made from scratch. Cocktails are available and local brews can be ordered from the Fox's circular bar.
Kimpton Saint George is located at Bloor and St. George, a minutes walk from both St. George and Spadina subway stations. Situated in the "Culture Corridor," guests will be a short stroll away from the ROM, the Gardiner Museum and Yorkville's winding avenues filled with shopping and dining options.
If you return to the hotel from the west of Bloor, look up and you’ll spot the 4-storey tall owl mural on the side of the building. Toronto street artist Jerry Rugg (known as BirdO) was commissioned by Kimpton to create the geometric artwork, which shows the skyline of Toronto reflected in the bird’s sunglasses.
Rooms start at $329 per night.
280 Bloor St W, Toronto, 416-968-0010, kimptonsaintgeorge.com