The Broadview Hotel
East End/Leslieville, Toronto
N 43° 39′ 32.241” W 79° 21′ 0.679”
I cross into the Broadview’s boutique-sized lobby and it’s apparent from the get-go that this is a hotel that has paid extra attention to its design details. Gilded double elevators anchor the end of the reception framed by a black iron motif, that I later learn from General Manager Murray Henderson are made from pieces of the building’s old fire exit staircases.
A giddy group of revellers brushes past beelining it for the Rooftop bar.
The social hub of the Broadview is undoubtedly the top floor. Small nibbles (blistered shishito peppers, anyone?) and balanced cocktails feature on the Broadview Rooftop menu. Torontonians and visiting friends come for the special view with a depth of field that can only be achieved when you’re removed from the downtown core. A full revolution around the outdoor patio takes you from a view of Toronto’s skyscrapers to the residential rooftops of the East End while tip-toeing by the private dining room that occupies the corner tower of the Broadview.
Good night, party life. Time for bed.
The King Corner…
Light jazz beckons as I navigate the hallway joining the guestroom door to the heart of the King Corner room. To my right stands a white marble wetbar complete with East End amenities and locally-sourced spirits.
There’s no restraining myself from giving the vinyl player a spin before settling into bed. Tiny Record Shop, down the street, curates the ensuite LPs. Now playing: Dive by Tycho.
Décor around the Broadview doesn’t hail from any one particular era. The DesignAgency team behind the hotel picks and pulls from the building’s 126 years of heritage — in the case of the bed: an accommodating King-size Eurotop mattress crowned by a dimmable mid-century light fixture.
Two pen-like reading lights fold right into the curved headboard. Snap, snap. Lights out.
Honeycombed subway tiles on the floor and white marble walls give a luxurious yet unpretentious feel to the bathroom. I turn on the rainshower and proceed through the five-step bath amenity collection sourced from Riverdale’s Graydon Skincare.
Left photo by author.
Velvety curtains get pulled back to reveal a floor-to-ceiling view of Queen Street, complete with the oh-so-Toronto spiderweb of streetcar wires and tracks.
The hotel consciously foregoes the plastic waste of an ensuite pod coffee machine in place of a French press. Better yet, a barista-poured Americano…
Rise and dine at the ground floor Café+Bar. An eye-catching pink fluorescent halo hangs above the centrepiece bar with brass trim that gives a playful nod to the Broadview’s strip club past. I bury myself in an order of the baked poblano pepper & eggs that heartily interprets a Shakshuka by adding in barley and pumpkin pieces. The brunch menu at the Broadview is short but sweet (and savoury!)
Right photo by author.
An avocado toast hits all of the veggie-friendly high notes in its simplicity of “let the ingredients sing”.
The Dog Walk…
Does your dog have you in tow? The Broadview sets Fido up with their own bed and treats. A dog park sits right around the corner for some off-leash play and further down the street, the folks at Timmie Doggie Outfitters are happy to help with a trim.
While Queen West and West Queen West bring out the young professional crowds in a loud way, the East End has kept things low-key. Leslieville and Riverside are home to no shortage of friendly boutiques and “those in the know” restaurants. Recalibrate your Toronto stay eastward and experience the bliss of Queen East.
Get lost in the succulents and orchids at Quince Flowers or the vintage furniture finds at Guff before rehydrating with a big honking bowl of café au lait at Bonjour Brioche.
106 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Rooms start at $233
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