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More than a decade in the making, the eight-story, twenty-seven room Templar Hotel in Toronto’s sensibly named Entertainment District cannot be accused of cutting corners. The materials alone are a wonder: Japanese rock walls in the lounge, wood floors embedded with strips of brown and white cowhide, an illuminated wall of gray etched glass in the lobby, and about a quarry or two worth of Bianca Carrara marble, much of it ending up in unexpected places like the floating main stairwell.
The tactile pleasures continue in the guest rooms. All the beds have custom linen sheets, Egyptian cotton duvet covers and silk-stuffed pillows, while bathrooms hold toiletries by Red Flower and Malin+Goetz. Custom furniture by the Italian brand Poliform makes it all the more enticing to lounge about, poking and swiping at the pre-loaded iPad in the room. Floor-to-ceiling windows will ensure your eyes don’t stay glued to the glowing screens. (There are LED televisions, too.)
The views of the CN Tower and Lake Ontario are pretty spectacular from the rooftop bar, but for sheer novelty, they might be even better in the indoor Monk Lounge. From there, brave swimmers in the Japanese-style spa’s deep, glass-bottom pool can be seen above, practicing their strokes. Forgive the pun, but the hotel relishes splashiness in other ways, too. It’s clear from the moment the Templar’s shuttle, a Porsche Panamera, pulls up to the aluminum and glass facade of the tall, slim building.
It’s not the sort of place that goes unnoticed, which makes it surprising that leading up to its official opening there was an air of mystery around the hotel. (Del Terrelonge, the Toronto-based designer behind the Templar, was fairly tight-lipped with media, and the hotel’s internet profile is enticingly low.) Fortunately the Templar’s bold design speaks for itself; it couldn’t stay secret for long.
- 27 Rooms
- Style: Cutting-Edge
- Atmosphere: Happening
- 1 Guest Review
- Templar Hotel
- 348 Adelaide Street West
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hotel amenities and services
- 100% non-smoking hotel
- 24 hour concierge
- 24 hour front desk
- ATM/bank office
- Central air conditioning
- Room service
- Self service parking (charges apply)
- Valet parking (charges apply)