Lenny Kravitz designed a whole floor for this much needed, hipper than hip new hotel in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district. The Kravitz rooms fill up fast; luckily the rest of the hotel is uber terrific too! The lobby welcomes with crushed velvet, etched gold, black marble and a shocking pink Jeff Koons sculpture. This edgy glamour permeates the whole place but never at the expense of service or comfort. Art Deco armoires were custom designed; kick back on a velvet couch. The bed and pillows were fabulous. Our huge room service order arrived in 15 minutes with perfectly poached eggs…always tricky. The 44th floor houses the pool, Baja- inspired Kost restaurant and amongst the best views in the city. Truly outstanding. Add a pitcher of Manny’s Margs for the perfect afternoon whatever the season. Sophisticated Mr. C Lobby Bar is decorated with framed Damien Hirst collection Alexander McQueen scarves and serves $1 oysters, half priced Champagne and live music every Tuesday. Michelin starred chef Akira Back’s eponymous upscale restaurant is a must try, take the gold stairs not the elevator… His first foray in Canada serves his signature Japanese with a Korean twist menu. The food was stellar, the see and be seen crowd fun; the staff well informed! Bisha is the perfect place for that beyond trendy outfit you’ve been dying to wear, though anyone in jeans and a t shirt is equally welcome. The concierge was amazingly helpful.
Number of Rooms: 96
Sweet Suite: Lenny Kravitz’s 2 story, 2000 square foot Bisha Suite is the ultimate place to stay for anyone who ever dreamed of being a star when stars were truly stars! Luxury, comfort and more style that you can imagine… the bathroom belongs in a magazine, the in-suite bar houses vintage glassware, lounging cushions are everywhere and the outdoor terrace is the perfect place to indulge in a dream cocktail.
Favorite Thing: The art! It is everywhere…Warhol prints are in every hallway, giant Interview Magazine covers decorate rooms and there are more than 3000 pieces of original art throughout including works by Koons, Jun Kaneko’s heads near the entrance and Jeff Goodman’s glass installation on the lobby ceiling.
Nearby: Roy Thomson Hall, CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Roger’s Centre, Air Canada Centre, Theatre District, Graffiti Alley, St. Lawrence Market
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, roof top pool (open in summer) lobby bar, 3 restaurants, huge 24 hour gym, Byredo bathroom amenities, 24 hour room service