for a city of its size, toronto surprisingly rarely appears on our style radar, but this news hit us like a brick...in a good way, obviously! on tue - may 15 the fabulous templar hotel opens its doors in the buzzing emtertainment district. a member of design hotels, it features just 27 guest rooms and suites spread over eight floors of a sleek glass and aluminium structure. the templar hotel is a masterpiece of canadian architect del terrelonge who has created a hospitality environment that tickles all our aesthetic senses and yet has a homey and inviting vibe. upon arrival, modern art installations and specially-designed poliform furnishings in the marble-infused lobby set the tone of what unfolds elsewhere in the property. mind you, the furnishings and artwork can actually be snapped up. the marble theme extends into the rooms, which are obviously equipped with all the amenities of the modern traveler, such as an in-room ipad and led television, hi-speed internet access and even (malin+goetz) toiletries.
the suites in the loft space have balconies and sleek private kitchens fitted with miele appliances. with such stellar digs, it's only obvious that the templar hotel features a set of facilities that emulate the neighbourhood's happening vibe. there's the rooftop bar which serves signature cocktails and bites, and when it's time for something more substantial, simply walk down the stairs to the basement where monk kitchen is located. this is a stylish 24-seat restaurant modeled after a traditional japanese izakaya with comunal tables, helmed by acclaimed chef roberto fracchioni. it offers a carefully edited selection of natural, organic and healthy food. last but not least the onsen spa is calming and peaceful retreat with a bespoke spa service and revitalizing water therapies. toronto here we come! location: 348 adelaide street west [downtown].