Ready to travel? Here are five gorgeous new hotels that will open in Canada in 2021
The luxury downtown retreat: 1 Hotel Toronto
Bringing its chic and sustainable style to Canada for the first time, 1 Hotels is set to launch its 112-room outpost in downtown Toronto in early August, complete with a rooftop pool and lounge ideal for summer stays. The eco-credibility of a brand always lies in the details, and here it is reflected in the choices, big and small. Design elements feature reclaimed wood and native plants create the lush oasis scene. The four on-site restaurants will focus on Ontario ingredients; Casual meals at 1 Kitchen Toronto, for example, will be sourced largely from organic suppliers within a 50-kilometer radius. And the company’s purchase of carbon offsets helps reduce its current footprint (which it is also working to reduce): 1 Hotels reports that it is now 100% carbon neutral in its US properties, a standard that they plan to reach in all locations.
The architectural landmark: Hotel Humaniti Montreal
Opened last month within walking distance of Old Montreal, the Humaniti Montreal hotel joins the city’s first âsmart vertical communityâ – an architect’s speech for an H-shaped high-rise complex that also houses condos, offices and retail businesses. The 193-room hotel promises plenty of on-site entertainment, including poolside aperitifs on a spacious rooftop terrace; a restaurant with a menu obsessed with the region by chef Jean-SÃ©bastien GiguÃ¨re; a 3,000-bottle wine cellar curated by award-winning sommelier Hugo Duchesne; a 24-hour gym equipped with hand-crafted wooden NOHrD machines; and a 2,000 square foot urban spa featuring skincare designed by celebrity Montreal facialist Jennifer Brodeur (an Oprah fan).
The relaxed getaway: The Westley Hotel, Calgary
In downtown Calgary, steps from Eau Claire, a former ’70s office space has been reimagined to become the city’s newest boutique stay: The Westley Hotel, which opened this month. latest. Despite the vintage decor accents, however, there is no trace of that button-down corporate past – the interior has been completely redone. You will find 104 modern rooms and contemporary artwork, including custom artwork by Maya Gohill and Tanya Klimp. Stop by the hotel’s restaurant, Fonda Fora, for a new Mexican take on YucatÃ¡n’s coastal influences, as well as creative cocktails.
The off-grid adventure: Klahoose Wilderness Resort
Guests must board a boat, seaplane, or helicopter to arrive at the Klahoose Wilderness Resort in Desolation Sound, BC, but that’s part of the escape experience. Here you’ll find off-grid luxury – the remote destination generates its own energy – in a 6,100-square-foot log lodge and three freestanding cedar cabins. Notably, the new eco-resort is 100% owned by the Klahoose First Nation, which acquired the site (formerly Homfray Lodge) last year and reopened last month. Now operated with the aim of protecting nature while supporting the local community, the resort offers a diverse range of activities: trek through ancient forests with native guides, learn traditions like weaving bark from cedar, watch grizzly bears in Toba Inlet, or kayak among porpoises. Expect outdoor adventure to meet cultural immersion.
The haven of peace by the water: Muir, Halifax
Set to anchor the new Queen’s Marque neighborhood of downtown Halifax – a living / working / gaming hub of restaurants, shops and other spaces – Muir (Gaelic for “sea”) redefines the place of honor. Almost all of the 109 rooms of this Autograph Collection hotel, scheduled to open in December, offer a privileged vantage point from which to admire the Atlantic Ocean. If you don’t just watch, take a dip in the water aboard a Delta sea kayak, Kahuna paddle board, or the hotel’s âLittle Wing,â the 36-foot Morris yacht. Stock up on the freshest seafood and other Atlantic Canadian fare at The Drift, run by celebrity chef Anthony Walsh (formerly of Canoe in Toronto). End your evening on the private terrace of BKS, the underground bar reserved for guests and members, where you can sip a retro-inspired cocktail reminiscent of the region’s rum history.
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