Bisha Hotel Toronto
Entertainment District, Toronto
N 43° 38′ 43.071” W 79° 23′ 32.628”
I orient myself in the direction of the Bisha Hotel Toronto by following the bassline of the party. I round the corner onto Blue Jays Way and spot two exotic sports cars waiting outside. “Welcome to the Bisha,” says the doorwoman as she ushers me behind the opaque doors into the reception.
As a hotel built on the know-how of Toronto nightlife mogul Charles Khabouth, the black marble flooring and suave chrome check-in desk are up to dress code. Keeping the “on-the-go” guest in mind, reception is reachable via text message with all requests throughout the day. No need for introductions, your cell phone number is already paired with your room number.
The Stella Suite…
Modelled to receive the smartest-dressed of guests, the Stella Suite equally divides the space between a foyer, living room and powder room; while slideable doors afford privacy to the master bedroom and spacious bathroom.
Guests can spread out on the long sofa under the gallery wall of fashion photos. Facing the sofa, what appears to be a custom-built floor-to-ceiling mirror lights up to reveal an embedded TV for movie screenings.
Elsewhere in the hotel, rooms and suites designed by Kravitz Design bring a show-stopping blend of brass finishes, marble and velour.
In the bedroom, high thread-count cotton sheets and a pillowtop King size bed envelop sleepy-eyed visitors. Separate reading lights make differing bedtimes a non-issue. For those sensitive to white light, a dimmable bedside lamp changes from snow white to an eye-soothing orange at the slide of a finger. Light’s out!
Draw yourself a morning bath accompanied by sea kelp bath salts, or opt for the black marble rain shower to start your day completely refreshed. Towel off and wrap yourself in the cotton bathrobes made available to guests.
In the living room, a Nespresso machine can set you up for your first cup of java, while creamer and other chilled beverages are stored in the pull-out fridge.
A roomy double-door wardrobe in the master bedroom is made available to hang those “going-out outfits” and a combination safe to store valuables. All is hidden out of sight behind bold armoire doors that evoke the grooves of a vinyl record.
Next up, treat yourself to brunch with a view.
KOST Rooftop Restaurant…
Crowning the Bisha on the 44th floor, KOST channels both the best of Baja California in cuisine and in indoor-outdoor living. Brunch interpretations feature a generous avocado toast dressed in tricoloured heirloom tomatoes, and a breakfast plate that cuts through the indulgent savouries of thick cut bacon and green chorizo, with a zesty pico de gallo.
Patrons can choose between generous beach house-inspired banquette seating inside and wide panoramic views over Downtown Toronto and Lake Ontario outside.
The Entertainment District, outside the doors of the Bisha Hotel, sandwiches guests between the shops on Queen Street West and the essential Toronto attractions by the water (the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, and the Ripley’s Aquarium).
Not just for cinephiles, the TIFF Lightbox screens a wide range of films from art house to international flicks. On-site exhibitions and talks with filmmakers give viewers a look into the creative minds behind the silver screen.
You can spend the night out in the Entertainment District with clubs along King Street West in addition to Bisha’s sister nightlife properties, Cube and Uniun. Alternatively, for a night full of giggles, The Second City has nightly improv and sketch comedy shows across the street from the hotel.
If you’re an active type, the fitness centre back at the Bisha Hotel offers ample space for free weights and enough treadmills and ellipticals for you and your travel mates. Better yet, the Martin Goodman Trail from Fort York to Humber Bay is a pleasant 12-kilometre roundtrip following the water’s edge.
80 Blue Jays Way, Toronto
Rooms start at $339
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Photos by author unless otherwise noted. Feature photo courtesy of the Bisha Hotel Toronto, by Brandon Barré