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The Broadview Hotel

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The Broadview Hotel stands out among hotels in Toronto for its comfortable rooms and popular dining spaces like a vintage-style restaurant and popular rooftop bar.

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BY: Alex Temblador Contributing writer

It’s a competitive world, which is why we probably gravitate to people and things that are unique and different, those that stand out from the crowd. The Broadview Hotel in the historic East End of Toronto has managed to stand out every single decade since 1891, first as the tallest building east of the Don River, then later as a boarding house with a strip club, that rumor has it, held a tiger in a cage. The Broadview Hotel has never stood in a crowd – it’s always stood to the east, tall and proud, and it’s waiting for travelers to discover why.

The Broadview Hotel has seen Toronto through three different centuries, and with the unique amenities and stay it offers today, there’s no doubt it’ll be here for a few more.

With boutique hotels today, many focus primarily on the amenities and forget to put attention to the rooms. That’s not the case at The Broadview. Where the main bedrooms are warm with dark wood furniture and floors, white beds, and floral wallpaper, the bathrooms are sleek and sexy with white marble and black accents. The Broadview made sure to include exceptional pieces like vinyl record players, curated artwork, and unique architectural details to allow each room to be a bit different from the next.

Some feature outdoor terraces with views of the hip Queen Street East or Broadview Avenue. Other terraces allow for guests to enjoy a coffee, made from the in-room French Press coffeemakers, with views of the Don Valley River. With flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and a minibar full of local goods, there’s plenty to keep guests satisfied.

The Broadview sticks out in the East End as a gathering place of likeminded travelers and locals. Enjoy a coffee and fresh-baked pastry or breakfast at the Café + Bar. In the evenings, it turns into a cocktail bar that attracts visitors for pre-dinner drinks. The Civic is the main restaurant, using Ontario produce and local ingredients to craft warm, seasonal meals in a setting that’s reminiscent of the early 1900s with red leather booths, a stained wood bar, brick façade, and factory glass windows.

After dinner, make your way upstairs to the rooftop bar. There’s nothing that says exceptional like views of the Toronto skyline and Don River as you sip on strong cocktails and enjoy a musical performance. After the sunsets and you’ve successfully made new friends, hop on the streetcar outside and ride into the Entertainment District for a night out in The Six.

The Broadview Hotel has seen Toronto through three different centuries, and with the unique amenities and stay it offers today, there’s no doubt it’ll be here for a few more.

FIELD TIPS

If you’re looking to chow down on some of Ontario’s traditional cooking, get a reservation at the hotel restaurant The Civic

Start your morning at the same place you start your evening: CAFE + BAR. It’ll keep you jazzed up with hot coffee and cold drinks

Leave the portable speaker at home. They’ve got in-room record players

Check out their events page for acoustic performances, morning yoga, and DJ dance parties

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