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New Hotel: Nature-Inspired 1 Hotel Toronto

The former Thompson Hotel has been totally transformed into the first Canadian location of mission-driven 1 Hotels.

By Doug Wallace   |   August 05, 2021

  1 Hotel Toronto
The lush garden environment of the 1 Hotel lobby bar Flora sets the sustainability scene.

Overview: Big on sustainability, the eco-luxury 1 Hotel showcases a nature-inspired design with 3,300 plants dotting the property. The 112 rooms are sumptuous and soft, sporting neutral tones and natural textures, heated floors, native greenery, reclaimed wood, organic cotton linen—you get the green picture. Two restaurants will keep you fortified: 1 Kitchen Toronto offers a plant-forward menu using hyper-local ingredients and Casa Madera, opening this fall, serves organic Cali-Mex fare. The Flora Lounge is absolutely gorgeous.

Crowd: Expect the cool and the relatively well-heeled, yet those conscious about their footprint. Sustainability-minded travellers are going to love it here.

Agenda: Built entirely out of shipping containers, Stackt Market is just down the street. The King West Village and the shops of Queen Street West are within easy reach, as is the waterfront and the plethora of parks in Bathurst Quay.

Essential: Also this coming fall, rooftop Harriet’s Toronto will feature an open-concept sushi bar and poolside bottle service rituals.


Doug Wallace
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Doug is executive editor of Travelier. He is also a travel copywriter and media consultant. You will find him beside buffet tables, on massage tables and table-hopping around the world, eating, spa-going and napping, of course. (Photo: Luis Mora)

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