Stylish New Canadian Hotels for Summer Stays Blowing Up Inflation

Luxurious, modern design waterfront property in Halifax. Stylish and new boutique hotels in downtown Calgary. Trump hotel makeover in Vancouver. And stylish new places to stay in both Toronto and Montreal. With inflation hitting Canadian provinces like a summer hailstorm, and gas prices hitting record levels, it’s time for a “stay home” close to home. Here’s a look at some of the city’s recently opened and soon-to-be-opened hotels across the country that are perfect for a local getaway.

Halifax

The Muir Hotel may be a turning point in the game of Halifax, which was never known to be an ultra-luxury hotel destination. Muir means “sea” or “ocean” in Gaelic, and the hotel was built to honor and honor Halifax’s maritime heritage. The 109-room property is part of a massive waterfront development in Queens Mark and opened late last year. Rooms feature curved white oak walls and parquet floors, a subtle nod to opulent ocean travel. The hotel has its own yacht and motorboat, as well as a private art gallery. There is also a restaurant, Drift, that promises you the most delicious classic seafood. Nova Scotia-baked oysters are doused with yuzu kocho and sweet butter. At BKS, the pub/bar, try a margarita with local haskap or the rum-based Noon Gun cocktail, named after the daily artillery fire on the castle.

Montreal

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Part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, The Vogue Montreal, once one of the city’s best hotels, has been completely renovated, including the lobby, common areas, and exterior facade. They also offer a modern way to deal with today’s travel concerns by installing the latest air purification technology and UV rays to purify and disinfect indoor air. Guests will find a TV in the lobby that displays real-time air and water quality information. Reservations are valid from June 21 onwards.

Hyatt Centric Old Montreal is part of a larger urban development around Place Gare Viger, built around Canada’s first railway station. Centric is the more “boutique” line in Hyatt, with fewer rooms and more unique features than “standard” properties. This 177-room development is located at the foot of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, on the edge of Old Montreal. The rooftop terrace has a pool and will offer views of the illuminated bridge and the International Loto-Québec fireworks display during summer. Also known as the Montreal Fireworks Festival, you can watch presentations from different countries around the world every Thursday night from July 21 to September 1. The hotel takes reservations from 15th September onwards.

Toronto

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Designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and the interior design team at Atelier Ace, the 123-room Ace Hotel is the first Canadian location for this boutique chain. It is located in the Clothing District, west of Bathurst Street and north of Adelaide. Ace, a trendy outfit with properties in New York, Palm Springs, Sydney, and other cities, was one of the first hotels to put turntables and vinyl records in their rooms. The new hotel will feature the signature Alder Restaurant, which will be run by Chef Patrick Kress of the famous Alo Restaurant. This means that reservations may be more difficult than winning the Toronto Stanley Cup. There is also a rooftop bar and lounge. The site shows available reservations starting August 1st.

The 254-room W Hotel is a replica of the Marriott on Bloor Street, East Yonge. Find a cool, youthful vibe, including a rooftop bar overlooking one of Canada’s most iconic intersections. ‘W Hotels are always social hubs, and this particular hotel is chic, elegant and full of surprises. The design of our public spaces reflects Toronto’s Brutalist architecture, graffiti art, grid-like expanse, green spaces, theater and music culture,’ said General Manager Craig Riom. A private recording studio and creative space for artists W Hotel Toronto will be taking reservations from July 21.

Vancouver

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The Trump International Hotel and Tower, often the scene of protests by Vancouver residents, has been reconstructed. It recently reopened under the name Paradox Hotel in Vancouver. The owners say they aim to provide a contemporary design with an upscale vibe.

“We wanted to create a hotel concept that embodies the spirit of contrast in Vancouver, where the brand was created; a city where world-class luxury and laid-back lifestyles go hand in hand,” said Lauren Symonds, Head of Brand Experience at Paradox. Look for lots of light gray and white. The hotel has 147 rooms and a rooftop lounge with great views. Karma’s new lobby bar serves signature cocktails and sharing boards based on seasonal fare. There is also a nightclub called Mansion, which seems fitting in to Trump’s former property.

Calgary

Based on the novel by Oscar Wilde Dorian Gray’s photoThe Dorian Hotel (part of the Marriott Autograph Group) is scheduled to open in mid-July. It will contain 137 uniquely themed guest rooms, all of which will contain a copy of the book. The owners say guests should expect a “touch of British whimsy” on the property, such as wallpaper printed in the shape of peacock feathers. Located in nearby Turner Valley, Eau Claire Distillery creates a range of durian spirits. The hotel also has a patio on the 27th floor and the lower floors of the building will house the Courtyard Marriott.

The Westley Hotel in Calgary is a boutique hotel that opened last year in a former office tower. Part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, it has been described as a “classic meets modern” property with bold arched doorways, many geometric shapes and eye-catching furniture, including beautiful blue Delft chairs. The on-site restaurant, Fonda Fora, serves contemporary Mexican cuisine.

Ottawa

Metcalfe HotelJustin Van Leeuwen / Charity

The Metcalfe Hotel in downtown Ottawa plans to reopen summer 2022 after an overhaul. It’s Ontario’s first property in Quebec-based Gray Collection, which includes luxury locations such as the Auberge du Vieux-Port and the elegant William Gray Hotel, both located in Montreal. This represents their first property outside of Quebec. There is an open plan lobby with a five storey atrium. It feels like modern style in an old, well-established men’s club, with deep brown leather sofas and a large bookshelf. Steven La Salle, former chef at Albion Rooms and then feast + revel, will be the inaugural chef at the new Cocotte Bistro in Metcalfe.

A new venue called reStays opened in a heritage building on Queen Street last fall. One- and two-bedroom studio units offer a kitchen and laundry facilities, while a rooftop lounge offers great views of the nation’s capital. Rooms are modern, bright and airy, especially the 75-square-meter Heritage Loft, which offers 13-foot ceilings and close-up views of Sparks Street.

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