TORONTO — Canada’s first Canopy by Hilton is located close to Yorkville, Rosedale and Yonge and Bloor, and will take its inspiration from elements of each neighbourhood, says Reetu Gupta, COO of Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group, which are building the hotel as part of a complex that also includes retail and condos.
“We will pull elements from the city,” she said, including the local corner store bakery or up and coming restaurant. “It will include an open, airy lobby — boutique hotels tend to be very dark. No other brand has a lifestyle boutique hotel similar to this.”
Steve Gupta, president and CEO, placed Canopy “between a full-service Hilton and a Conrad, smart casual but upscale,” aimed at Generations X and Y.
“We look forward to introducing the Canopy brand to customers in Canada. We are excited about this great new hotel in the city of Toronto,” said Vito Curalli, executive director, Canada, Latin America and International, Hilton Worldwide.
“The food is the best of the best in its class, whether it’s breakfast or cheesecake, it’s triple-A quality. It will provide a unique opportunity to stay, work and play and enjoy fitness in a building that is state of the art,” said Steve Gupta.
Orange is the colour theme, Reetu added, because it’s springlike, fresh, feel-good and airy. “Orange is spiritually positive energy — every uniform and even running shoes will be orange. Toronto needs something like this,” she said. Unlike other brands that have smaller rooms, encouraging guests to migrate to the lobby, Canopy will have larger rooms with 9-ft. ceilings. Canopy is not a prototype design; every hotel is unique. Above each of the beds is a canopy.
“It’s top class, but not ultra expensive,” said Steve. “Everything is fresh and the best quality. The cheesecake is the best in the city; the fruit comes from a high-end store. There are some of the more exotic fruits — that’s the kind of clientele we are bringing in.”
The 188-room hotel will take up the first nine storeys of the 52-storey building, while the upper storeys will house 476 condos. “The hotel will have a totally independent entrance and elevator setup. The two properties will be distinctly different, with two different addresses,” Steve said.
Construction will begin at the end of 2016, and the hotel should open within 18 months to two years after construction, he added.