Ace Hotel Toronto officially opens its doors

Ace Hotel Toronto opened its 123-room land project on July 26, 2022, designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, led by Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe.

Located in the city’s historic Garment District, the hotel is at a hub of neighborhoods including Queen West, Downtown and Chinatown, and within walking distance of music venues, galleries, bars and restaurants.

Anchoring on the ground floor is Alder, a seasonal wood-fired restaurant from Chef Patrick Kriss, opening for dinner soon. Chef Patrick also manages the menus for The Lobby, as well as the hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge, Evangeline, which will open later this year.

“Toronto has long been a leading global light for its forward-thinking approach to city creation and design, but is a city that embraces originality and is rooted in the same open-to-everyone philosophy that Ace founded. We couldn’t be prouder to open Ace Hotel Toronto – the architectural splendor of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects’ work has created a bona fide marvel,” said Brad Wilson, CEO, Atelier Ace/Ace Hotel Group. “They have built an inherently civic space that respects the neighborhood’s storied past while nurturing its future. Likewise, Chef Patrick Kriss has collaborated with our team to create something exceptional in Alder, a restaurant with an honest respect for seasons and quality. It is with deep gratitude for the gifts of friends near and far that we welcome everyone to finally fill this remarkable space.”
Ace Hotel Toronto features original artwork by primarily Canadian artists, including Tahsine al Hassane, Nadia Gohar, Dennis Lin, Guillermo Trejo, Claudia Gutierrez, Victoria Sequeira, Meera Sethi, Jennifer Alicia, Dahae Song and many more; an in-room vinyl collection curated by the legendary Toronto independent record label Arts & Crafts; and three multifunctional event spaces.

The architecture of Ace Hotel Toronto is designed to convey timelessness and feel effortlessly at home in the environment. The red brick facade of the building recalls the important role stones pressed from Don Valley clay played in shaping the visual identity of the city, and guests entering the lobby catch a glimpse of Horizon Line, a site- specific three-story art installation that abstractly depicts the shimmering waters of Lake Ontario, designed by A. Howard Sutcliffe.

A rhythmic series of soaring cast-in-place concrete structural arches rise from the semi-subterranean restaurant to a level above. The Lobby, lined with red oak liner and inspired by a wooden tray, is suspended from slender steel bars of these massive supports, offering guests a variety of viewpoints and scales within the impressive space.

With a sun-filled seating area filled with vintage and custom Atelier Ace furniture, and overlooking the leafy neighborhood of St. Andrew’s Playground Park, The Lobby is rich in texture and warmth and offers space for living.

Alder aims to be an all-day meeting place for Toronto, a welcoming, relaxing retreat for neighbors and distant visitors alike. The heart of the restaurant is the signature wood-burning fireplace and grill, from which seasonal ingredients are gently transformed by open fires and smoke. Chef Patrick is inspired for the menu by the gastronomic traditions and techniques that have long been applied in and around the Mediterranean.

Continuing a time-honored tradition of open communal spaces, The Lobby is a meeting place with a menu of pastries and locally roasted Sam James coffee in the morning, followed by craft cocktails, wines by the glass, beer, snacks and shareable small plates later. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., walk-in service only, with private space rentals.

The 14-storey Evangeline rooftop bar and lounge offers stunning views of the surrounding cityscape. The 80-seat lounge is split between a cozy indoor space and an open-air patio, where DJs perform on Evangeline’s decks every weekend.

A site of light-hearted fun and food, Evangeline serves snackable snacks and small plates, along with beer, cocktails, and wines by the glass. Evangeline will officially open later this year and will be open late at night all year round.

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