Sometimes, you need a breather.
The hustle, the heat, the go-go-go… it’s what makes you love the city, and it’s what makes you feel like you could rip your hair out sometimes too.
Before you decide that the only way to cool down this summer is with a battery-operated fan two inches from your face while your toes are dipped in the questionable waters of Lake Ontario, take heart.
The rooftop of the Broadview Hotel offers the refuge you seek, for both body and brain.
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The lobby of the hotel welcomes you with the warmly-lit restaurant The Civic to your left, which serves up seasonal fare in an elevated fashion.
The bright Bistro and Bar space to your right, where you’ll find live music on the last Wednesday of each month, is ideal for an after-work drink and snack session.
Straight ahead are the elevators.
Count 1…2…3…4…5…6…7 floors before the doors open, and you are brought into a space that makes you feel like a blooming plant in a greenhouse.
Skylights, earth tones, and plenty of greenery make this indoor-outdoor experience truly immersive.
You choose whether to lean into the calm interior and rest on the couch, to head outside to peer at the bustling streets from above, or to gift yourself with a little bit of both.
As evening descends, the space evolves from lovely to breathtaking.
The sunset shares a warm glow with the room’s golden lighting, turning your greenhouse into a starlit, mythical forest.
One with a stellar cocktail menu.
The Basil Elderflower Smash, made with St. Germain, Aperol, lemon juice and simple syrup, tastes herby, earthy and grounding, tied together with a little bit of oomph.
The Dram and Basil is served up with Johnnie Walker Red, Crème de Cassis, and apple cranberry juice, combining warmth with a slight, snazzy bite.
Which might be the perfect descriptor for the space as a whole: warm, but with an edge.
It’s long been said that the hotel could be haunted, so when you visit, you may notice a vibe.
But it isn’t one that’ll leave you anxious, peering around corners for fear of what may be hiding just out of sight. Instead, it’s one of long-lasting enjoyment. One that’ll have you empathizing with the ghost down the hall.
Why would they want to leave this space, after all?
Address: 106 Broadview Avenue