The next time you’re visiting Toronto, look beyond the predictable downtown accommodations and consider staying at the newest boutique hotel to open in Toronto’s eclectic Annex neighbourhood.
Exuding character and minimalist architectural elements, each detail of The Annex hotel has been carefully crafted, from the hand-selected artwork to custom finishes, ensuring that the Annex embodies the spirit of the neighbourhood.
The hotel, centrally located between Yorkville and Koreatown at 296 Brunswick, is steps away from some of the city’s most talked about restaurants and hotspots.
Or if you want to venture into the city, you’re a quick Uber away from all the restaurants, bars, and attractions Toronto has to offer.
The Annex boasts locally made artwork and the key markings of a boutique hotel with a few small nuances: no room service, no TVs, and no front desk. Instead, the hotel focuses more on creating a welcoming, social and hyper-local experience for all of its guests.
But thankfully, this stylish space will leave you feeling worlds away from the tourist-laden downtown core.
Upon arrival, guests will note the stunning lobby, which houses a dual purpose bar: café by day, wine bar by night.
This is where guests can get their caffeine fix with beans from Reunion Island Coffee, and in case they get hungry, they can fuel up on healthy breakfast offerings from Toronto locals The Tempered Room and Ripe Nutrition.
Early risers can snack on savoury items like the seasonal vegetarian quiche, veggie breakfast sandwich, avocado toast, house-smoked trout ‘lox’ bagel, zucchini muffin and toasted coconut granola.
At night, the cushy spot gets intimate and visitors can peruse from the carefully crafted menu of shareable plates, mouthwatering cocktails, and an impressive wine list boasting natural and biodynamic wines.
We recommend getting cozy and starting your evening with the Newly Fashioned, featuring Bulleit Bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, walnut bitters, and orange wheel.
This could be followed with a wine chosen from the in-house sommelier and the seasonal burrata and the steak tartare or a cured meat plate and you’ve got yourself one hell of a night.
As for where you rest your head, there are 24 rooms available, ranging from small (one queen) to extra large (two queen beds).
Each room is accented with design details by local artists and artisans and boast amenities such as walls that are decked with local artworks, iPad pro’s, turntables and a selection of albums, and a fully stocked minibar with a selection of healthy snacks, along with locally distilled spirits.
Think of The Annex as a hybrid between an Airbnb and a design hotel, where guests can make reservations via The Annex website as well as the Airbnb platform for rates between $150 and $250.