The transformation from Jilly’s to the New Broadview Hotel is finally complete.
While Civic, the ground floor restaurant is still a work in progress, the 58 guests rooms are already occupied and the new cafe and bar, rooftop patio, and second-floor event space are already open for business.
At a media launch, the top floor lounge shows off its menu of patio-appropriate nibbles; beef tartare, fried smelts, and single bites of a foie gras parfait that prove so good that stalking the servers for another canape crosses my mind more than once… or at the very least solidifies what I’ll be ordering on my next visit.
The top floor offers a mix of historic and modern touches; mid-century furnishings and luxe velvet textiles against industrial beams and floor to ceiling windows. The view is epic and all of the east end is on display from a 360-degree vantage point.
The terrace wraps around the south and east sides and also houses a private rooftop venue, a tower with vaulted ceilings and seating for 20 or so guests at long banquet tables.
Hotel General Manager, Murray Henderson is personally offering tours, while DesignAgency’s Matt Davis is happy to share the vision behind the interior transformation; a conscious nod towards the buildings nefarious past but with all the luxe finishes one would expect from a boutique hotel.
The guest rooms, Davis describes as having a bit of boudoir feel decorated with rich velvet curtains, patterned textiles, and the occasional utility pole that functions as the support for bedside tables or mirrors while also resembling a brass rail. Wink wink.
When it comes to amenities, each room in this hotel is outfitted with a record player and a selection of vinyl. Meanwhile, the mini bar takes pride in its east end address and is stocked with goods from local purveyors– chocolates from the soon to open Soul Chocolate are offered in part of the turn-down service for instance.
Downstairs, in the cafe and champagne bar, I learned that the wallpaper is an exact reproduction of the original wallpaper found layers deep during demolition. It’s a sleek space with brass accents and leather stools surrounding a central bar.
The menu at dinner time offers selections of steak frites, roast chicken, salads, and seasonal pasta dishes, though the space opens daily at 7 am for lighter fare.
Address: 106 Broadview Avenue, Toronto