Time Out says
Toronto’s longest operating hotel has come a long way from the days the Royal Winter Fair touted it “the only safe place for one's great aunt to stay alone.” Built in 1889, the west Toronto landmark went from skid row to arts and music hotspot after a renovation in 2008. Each one of the hotel’s 37 rooms has been designed by a different artist, a nod to creativity that is also reflected in the three gallery spaces on premise that host a revolving door of exhibitions. The hotel has hung on hard to its roots, preserving the original Victorian floor plans and interior architecture. There’s even an antique elevator, although the stairs often prove faster. The Melody Bar hosts a variety of events, live music acts and karaoke sessions weekly. Food wise, the popular Harvest Wednesdays brings together menus inspired by Ontario’s growing season, featuring local meats, cheese, wines and beers. From $229 per night.
Each hotel room is designed by a different artist. The word “artist” is used broadly here to encompass a number of disciplines and includes visual artists, interior designers, architects and material-based artists. The rooms are based on the artist’s vision while conforming to the needs of the hotel guest. Each of the 37 rooms reflect the diversity of talent in the city of Toronto. The rooms give a taste of the authentic flavour of Toronto to guests who are new to the city and resonate with guests who know the city well.