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Kimpton Hotel tells the story of Toronto neighbourhood's heritage, culture and pride

Jessica Evans
04 Jun 2019

Kimpton’s only hotel in Canada, The Saint George is located in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto.

Diverse heritage, contemporary culture and local pride are all a part of the narrative for the hotel’s interior design. Guests are given a distinct ‘sense of place’ through these integrated elements of Toronto’s personality.

With 188 guest rooms, 20 suites, a Presidential Suite, meeting and event space, and a fitness centre, the 14 storey hotel provides guests with unique and well-appointed accommodation within a ‘neighbourhood setting’.

At the main entrance, a black wood exterior welcomes guests and is peppered with small pin-like lights that spell out ‘Kimpton’ in Braille lettering as a reflection of the famous marquee signs that once resided in the neighbourhood. However, the 10 storey high mural, hand-painted by street artist BirdO on the west facade, is the most visually striking feature of the exterior, adding to the hotel’s street presence. BirdO was commissioned to create the unusual geometric bird mural that complements the design and narrative of the interior.

A marble desk framed with wooden arches sits in the reception area with a backdrop of another hand-painted mural of a misty Toronto-inspired scene. Next to the reception is a guest lounge that has been designed to feel more like a living room through the use of bespoke furniture, lighting and artwork - most of which had been crafted locally to keep the design’s intention to tell the stories of Toronto’s culture.

Outside the meeting room on the main floor, the 400 square-foot lounge has darker and more saturated tones to provide a ‘feeling of intimacy’ whilst the 1,100 square-foot meeting space is bright and spacious. The change between the meeting room and the lounge was intended to strengthen the concept of distinct neighbourhoods within the city. Throughout the hotel, arches act as physical indicators of moving between different experiences and visually guide through the space.

On the levels with the guest rooms, vintage black and white photographs of a couple’s vacation to Toronto appear at each guest entry. The images show the story of people discovering the city, early post-war.

To continue the nostalgic feeling and the story of the layered heritage of the Annex neighbourhood, the rooms have been designed with a more residential approach through the use of art, lighting and custom furniture that gives the impression that it was collected overtime.

Each element was carefully designed to offer an experience similar to the well-appointed neighbourhood apartments as an alternative to traditional hotel accommodations.

Mason Studio is an award-winning interior design firm focused on the integration of art, objects, graphics and technology. The firm’s motivation was established on a truthful response to needs and an understanding for the significance of interior design.

Project Details

Project Name: Kimpton Saint George Hotel

Client: InnVest Hotels

Completion: July 2018

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