Cool nights in the city

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION CANADA - JIM BY­ERS

BISHA HO­TEL TORONTO: Sched­uled to open this north­ern sum­mer, this prop­erty will of­fer ho­tel rooms and res­i­dences in the city’s boom­ing en­ter­tain­ment dis­trict. It’s a project by Toronto restau­ra­teur and night­club owner Charles Khabouth, so ex­pect a sleek, ur­ban style; early ren­der­ings are rem­i­nis­cent of a pent­house suite in, say, Mi­ami, with bold colours and chic fea­tures. The de­sign is from Stu­dio Munge, a Canadian firm known for tak­ing chances. One floor is be­ing de­signed by singer Lenny Kravitz’s com­pany Kravitz De­sign. Akira Back will be the celebrity chef, serv­ing Ja­panese and Korean-in­flu­enced fare in one of the four din­ing spots. Back, born in Korea but raised in Aspen, Colorado, has restau­rants in Bangkok, New Delhi, Dubai, Las Ve­gas and other cities. Bisha will fea­ture 96 gue­strooms, in­clud­ing 14 suites, plus 355 res­i­den­tial con­do­mini­ums. There’ll be a lobby bar with street-level pa­tio ac­cess, a 24-hour cafe and a 44th-floor rooftop restau­rant with an in­fin­ity pool and grand views. From $C449 ($455). More: bisha.com. THE BROAD­VIEW HO­TEL: Lo­cated in Toronto’s trendy Riverdale dis­trict, The Broad­view Ho­tel has just opened in a beau­ti­fully re­stored 125-year-old build­ing that once housed a no­to­ri­ous strip club called Jilly’s; some racy­look­ing wall­pa­per and other touches re­call its past. The ho­tel fea­tures 58 gue­strooms and five venue spa­ces that can be used for the likes of wed­ding re­cep­tions, sem­i­nars or cor­po­rate events. The sec­ond-floor Lin­coln Hall has space for up to 240 guests for cock­tail re­cep­tions, while the smaller Lin­coln Ter­race is an out­door spot with fab­u­lous views to down­town, just across the Don River and reached by the pop­u­lar Queen Street street­car. The 7th-floor rooftop bar has un­ob­structed views of down­town, along with a glass pyra­mid-shaped sky­light. Ex­pect a cool, mil­len­nial-friendly de­sign and a colour­ful lobby. All gue­strooms fea­ture a record player for on-trend vinyl, mini­bars stocked with lo­cal pro­duce and top-qual­ity king­size beds. From $C309. More: the­broad­viewho­tel.ca. HO­TEL X TORONTO: This prop­erty, due to open in the north­ern au­tumn, is in the Ex­hi­bi­tion Place dis­trict, best known for the an­nual Canadian Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion (Au­gust 18 to Septem­ber 4 this year) and con­ven­tions. It’s a few kilo­me­tres from down­town, but quite close to the edgy restau­rant, bar and shop­ping scene of the West Queen West neigh­bour­hood. They’re call­ing Ho­tel X an ur­ban re­sort, with rooftop pool and bar and a grassy area that should suit sun­wor­ship­pers; views of Lake On­tario and down­town Toronto will be spec­tac­u­lar. Din­ing op­tions in­clude one on the ground floor with plenty of nat­u­ral light and an­other on the roof. Ho­tel X is part of The Li­brary Col­lec­tion, which op­er­ates branded bou­tique prop­er­ties in New York plus Aria Ho­tels in Bu­dapest and Prague. There’s a mas­sive sports com­plex planned next door, with swim­ming pools, ten­nis courts and other fa­cil­i­ties. The ho­tel will fea­ture cin­ema space, per­fect for the an­nual Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, held ev­ery Septem­ber. From $C350. More: hotelx­toronto.com; tiff.net.

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