Urban Oasis presents the first “W Sound Suite” in Canada, Alongside three distinct cocktail and culinary venues
BETHESDA, MD., July 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sound on. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today announces the opening of West of Toronto. Rising 11 stories in the vibrant and creative neighborhood of Yorkville, the hotel is a celebration of from Toronto art scene rich in history, diverse culture and legacy of non-conformity. Destined to bring new energy and sophistication to the city’s luxury hotel scene, West of Toronto offers locals a new playground and travelers an authentic and socially charged retreat.
“With its street art scene and its permanent musical heritage, Toronto is a natural fit for W Hotels,” said Benoit Racle, Vice President, Brand management, W Hotels Worldwide. “Our modest and playful interpretation of luxury is about to make West of Toronto a regular stop for those who live and work in Toronto as well as the perfect place for an out of town guest to revel in the city like a local.”
A culture shock of design
Designed by a global creative agency Sid Lee, West of Toronto is a juxtaposition of city biophilia, man-made urban grid and brutalist architecture. The contrast begins with the exterior, where the brutalist facade has been transformed by warm LED lighting that illuminates the night sky, including a glowing, opaque orange elevator to take guests to the rooftop bar and restaurant. The journey begins on the 6th floor, where the Reception desk and Living room (the W brand’s signature lobby/lounge) flows in shades of ruby, amethyst, and topaz — with curved lines and velvet furnishings reminiscent of from Toronto counterculture movement of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Other highlights of the 5,000-square-foot space include a communal foyer, a circular destination bar with cascading amber lighting, and the access to The courtyardan outdoor terrace surrounded by a three-story atrium of guest room windows – creating a voyeuristic tension between public and private.
West of Toronto has 254 rooms – including 30 suites – including two Extreme Wow (presidential) suites. Inspired by from Toronto an illustrious theater district, the bedroom beds are flanked by stage-inspired pendant lights and set in front of a sapphire velvet curtain that can be opened or closed automatically. Design touches include curved banquettes, dressing-style vanity mirrors, “record type” tables in honor of from Toronto musical heritage and nods to nature, such as abstract floral wallpaper and mushroom-shaped accent lights. As a playful nod to personal artistic interpretation, Queen Double Rooms are adorned with wall art that reads “Not everything has to mean something. Some things are right.by Canadian writer and musician Charles of Lin.
Art + Soul: the art collection and sound suite of West of Toronto
Music and creative art take center stage at West of Torontoto boast from Canada first O sound suite, the brand’s signature recording studio experience. Located next to the living room, behind a nondescript, one-way, tinted window, W Toronto W Sound Suite is equipped with professional equipment where accomplished and novice musicians, podcasters and other creatives can draw inspiration from the urban and hotel scene.
From 60s psychedelic rock to today’s hip hop, to the street art of Graffiti Alley, Toronto is known for its multidisciplinary artistic heritage. West of Toronto honors and complements this canon with a collection of original works beginning with the Monument W on Bloor Street. Created by Sid Lee, it reflects biophilia and hippie culture through the use of natural crystalline rock patterns and the bold palette of psychedelia. The journey continues with three murals by Dutch-born artist Mikael B. At the aisle level is “Below the Surface,” a fascinating interpretation of underwater volcanic eruptions; “Hidden Gem” – located on level G of the elevator – inspired by Salvador Dalí, Jackson Pollock and Peter Saul with a palette of colors and geometric shapes; and “Clear vision,” an abstract experimentation with color in meeting and event space.
Coffee. Cocktail. Culinary scene.
Lead the creative culinary load to West of Toronto is the chief executive Keith Pears, which is well known to cooking enthusiasts. His enviable resume – BC Chef of the Year, Gold Metal Plates, Bocuse d’Or National Selection, and appearing on Chopped Canada – brings a star quality to W Toronto three distinct food and drink venues, taking guests on a gradual journey from morning until late at night. It starts with PUBLIC SCHOOL, the downstairs rebel cafe, kitchen and bar buzzing with barista culture by day and new-school tonics, elixirs and low-to-non-alcoholic beverages by night. The playful, unpretentious and edgy menu is served on two levels, accented by inviting late 60s/early 70s seating in a soothing earth tone palette as well as “Toronto Gush”, a mural original made by an artist of Costa Rican origin. Alan Ganevinspired by from Toronto Graffiti Alley.
Ideal for a solo coffee, casual work lunch, after-work cocktail or late-night party, the Living room pays homage to from Toronto positions itself as the most multicultural city in the world. Featuring “Toronto Tapas” – light bites to share representing the various neighborhoods of the city – the menu includes: Barbacoa Tacos (Kensington Market); Jerk chicken skewers (Little Jamaica); and cod cheeks from Fogo Island (Little India). “Sparkling” is the theme of the Living Room beverage program, featuring champagne, rare bottles and a Perlini capping system enabling unique in-flight experiences, bubbles by the glass as well as sparkling cocktails, such as the Celery Sour and the Green Goddess Bloody Mary. .
As the sun goes down, SKYLIGHT, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar, casts a spell over the city’s nightlife scene with enticing cocktails and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Indoor-outdoor boho oasis overlooks from Toronto iconic Bloor Streetcelebrating the provocative and artistic spirit of Yorkville’s 60s hippie revolution. The Loft (for semi-private events); The den (an intimate seating area for people watching); and The Terrace (with birdcage style seats). The menu includes family-style mezze, salatas and freshly made maneesh served with tagines as well as an over-the-top seafood tower with oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, escabeche, crudos de tuna and scallops, king crab legs, lobster and caviar. SKYLIGHT’s cocktail program is centered around vermouth and amaro with a selection of premium cocktails, seasonal spritzes and adult granitas.
Business is a pleasure
With five event spaces covering 4,679 square feet, West of Toronto is the perfect place to do business or celebrate a milestone. The industry, at 1,980 square feet, features botanically-inspired wallpaper decorated with elliptical lighting, reminiscent of floral seedlings, and can be divided into three intimate spaces. Studios 1 and 2, next to the living room, as well as Strategies 1 and 2, offer more relaxed work session settings. Before that big presentation or on the wedding day, W Toronto The 3,300 square foot FIT Gym is the perfect place to focus and rejuvenate.
“West of Toronto is a microcosm of the people, culture and history of this incredible city,” says Craig ReaumeGeneral director, West of Toronto. “From the intentional design of each room and the authentically varied menus to the music and ambience of each public space, West of Toronto offers a long-awaited alternative to the luxury hotel scene. We look forward to welcoming more and more guests.”
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