Toronto’s iconic Thompson Hotel will soon have a brand new name and look.
The Entertainment District hotspot, that’s hosted countless celebs during TIFF and the MMVAS and thrown star-studded rooftop parties, will soon be replaced by a newly redesigned, sustainable living retreat, known as 1 Hotel Toronto.
With locations in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, Toronto is a fitting addition to the growing sustainable hotel group, that prides itself on incorporating nature in its design and culinary collaborations by connecting with the local community to make a meaningful impact in the way people travel, eat, live, and work.
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Barry Sternlicht, 1 Hotels founder, CEO and chairman of Starwood Capital Group, announced the new Toronto project on Wednesday, which will be inspired by “Canada’s natural beauty, the vibrant character of King Street West, and the Toronto marketplace.”
Don’t expect to see the decor and fixtures that you might find in a typical luxury hotel, as 1 Hotel reuses existing structural and reclaimed materials gathered from the local community, including timber, driftwood, and local limestone.
The hotel’s design balances refined elements with a comfortably curated atmosphere, that are inspired by the creativity and craftsmanship of local artists, builders, chefs, and others.
But more importantly, 1 Hotel Toronto won’t just be a place to stay, it will be a place to “get inspired, focus, grow, connect, and recharge.”
Some of the sustainable elements found in other 1 Hotels include filtered water all throughout the building, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, rainwater reclamation system, and low-energy lightbulbs throughout the hotel, green cleaning solvents used to clean all rooms and linens, and shower timers to encourage guests to be mindful of water use, to name a few.
“1 Hotel Toronto will introduce the city to a new standard for an eco-conscious luxury experience, and is the first of its kind in Canada,” said Sternlicht in a statement.
The hotel is being developed in partnership with Mohari Hospitality, a global real estate investment company and owner of the building which is currently operated as the Thompson Toronto.
“We look forward to sharing our mission to inspire conscious consumption with guests from across the globe as well as the local community. Our partnership with Mohari is key to the re-development of the project, and we are pleased to be collaborating with them.”
The hotel will remain open and operating as the Thompson until the renovation begins, and it’s set to open in Summer 2020.