Starwood Capital Group has marked the entry of its sustainable luxury brand, 1 Hotels, into Canada for the first time this week with the debut of 1 Hotel Toronto.
1 Hotels properties are inspired by nature, combining the best of sustainable design and architecture, married with extraordinary comfort and an unrivalled level of service.
This new addition in Toronto is comprised of 112 guest rooms and suites across nine categories, ranging in size from the 35 square-metre Studio King through to the whopping, 186 square-metre Birch House, featuring a separate living area, full kitchen and either two- or three-bedroom suite configuration.
Room amenities include heated floors, plants, organic cotton linens, yoga mats, and customised organic bath products. An in-room water filtration system along with tumblers and carafes made from reclaimed wine bottles reduces the need for single use-plastics. The hotel’s in-room dining menu allows guests to eat mindfully with a selection of dishes that celebrate Ontario-grown ingredients. Other guest amenities include a rooftop pool and The Field House fitness facility.
The hotel will offer five dining concepts, including 1 Kitchen Toronto – the property’s indoor and outdoor all-day restaurant – boasting a menu that features cold-pressed juices, plant-based dishes and sustainably harvested fish and proteins. At Flora Lounge, visitors can enjoy cocktails and light bites in the lobby. The Garden Pavilion is the onsite organic garden as well as outdoor venue. Sprouting soon will be Harriet’s Toronto and Casa Madera.
The sixth property in the 1 Hotels portfolio is located in King West Village, named “Canada’s Coolest Neighbourhood” by Travel + Leisure. The hotel is within walking distance of Toronto’s Queen Street West shopping district, beautiful Trinity Bellwoods Park, the iconic CN Tower and the vibrant waterfront.
With the goal of preserving the planet and minimising its carbon footprint, 1 Hotel Toronto is powered by Ontario’s renewable energy systems and expects to divert over 85% of waste from landfills. On-site composting turns all organic wet waste into reusable soil for the 3,300 plants on property and multiple gardens.
“1 Hotel Toronto sets a new standard for responsible luxury hospitality and serves as a city escape where guests can connect with nature,” said 1 Hotels Founder and CEO & Chairman of Starwood Capital Group, Barry Sternlicht. “1 Hotels embraces the idea that living well includes protecting the natural beauty around us and we look forward to introducing our mission to the like-minded city of Toronto.”
To recognise its Canadian debut, the hotel will host a ceremonial “Tree Planting” with Tree Canada whereby 2021 native trees will be planted throughout the city.
Launched in 2015 with openings in Miami’s South Beach and Manhattan’s Central Park, 1 Hotels’ stable has grown to include a second New York property in Brooklyn on the East River, West Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard and Sanya, China.
The brand is expanding with the upcoming opening of its San Francisco property and with properties under development in Nashville, Hanalei Bay, Cabo San Lucas, Paris, London, Mission Bay and Melbourne.
More on 1 Hotel Toronto at www.1hotels.com/toronto
Lead image: Flora Lounge, 1 Hotel Toronto