Boutique lodging with a modern, local feel.
Watch The Annex’s intro video here.
Tucked away in a carefully restored 100-year-old building just off the bustling main street in The Annex neighbourhood, this hotel offers 24 welcoming, light filled rooms.
The “high tech, low touch” concept behind The Annex, makes it feel akin to staying at an Airbnb. While there is no front desk as such, the helpful staff are always only a text message away. They don’t have TVs or phones in the rooms here, instead they have iPad Pros which are preloaded with Netflix and Spotify.
The check in process is also similar to Airbnb in that it is completely contactless (perfect in pandemic times, right!?) and takes advantage of the technology at our fingertips. On the morning of your arrival, the guest services team efficiently sends you a text message with your room information, access codes and anything else you need to know.
Ryan and his team can also be reached anytime by texting the same number if you need anything or even if you just want the name of a great café nearby. There is a guest cupboard on each floor of the hotel where you can help yourself to extra pillows and blankets at any time.
The lodging has three room categories ranging from small, medium and large. The open layout, huge windows and minimal design means they feel spacious and inviting. The rooms look out into the alleyway below with its bright murals by local artist Elicser.
There has been a lot of thought and detail put into the contents of the rooms and each one is filled with handpicked treasures including local artwork from Toronto artists like Melody Hansen and Emily Filler, plus photography from the likes of Max Rosenstein and Darius Bashar.
I would say one of the coolest things about this hotel is that each room also comes equipped with a record player, good bluetooth speaker and a mix of vinyl, curated by local record store Sonic Boom.
The beds here are like sleeping on a cloud; they have the same mattresses you’ll find at the Ritz Carlton. The high quality, locally sourced linens are soft and comfortable and the blankets are custom. The rain showers are sublime with their luxurious products and wet rooms that create a lovely steam shower effect.
The Annex Hotel’s hands-off approach encourages visitors to act less like lost tourists and more like seasoned travellers wanting an authentic neighbourhood experience. Even though the team is not set up in the traditional way, don’t think the quality of service will be less, as I couldn’t have found them to be more helpful and accommodating.
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