The defining features of a boutique hotel are outstanding service, knowledge of the area and a unique experience you won’t get anywhere else.

 You might get all that at a big chain hotel, but you’ll pay for it – and you’ll certainly pay for it in Toronto where the average cost of a big-name hotel room is well over $350. 

So if you’re making your way to Toronto and you don’t want to (a) break the bank or (b) sleep in someone else’s bed, you should be looking for a boutique hotel. Fortunately for you, Toronto’s full of them, but you won’t find a more unique spot to hang your hat than the Anndore House.

Our boutique hotel characteristics

First and foremost is our story. Back in the day, before we were a hotel, we were THE place to be in midtown Toronto. If our walls could talk, they’d tell tales of celebrities, athletes, politicians, dignitaries and mavens of industry all meeting up and throwing down until the wee hours. And this was when Yorkville was still the centre of bohemian culture in Canada, so there was no shortage of, shall we say, altered experience. When you stay here, you follow in their footsteps. And when you go home, you can say you continued the tradition. You might get a standard room service breakfast at a big chain hotel, but you won’t get this.

Next are the 113 rooms, and they’re awesome. Nothing cookie-cutter about our accommodations. All four styles have something fab to write home about, but our personal favourite touch is the in-room record players and curated selection of vinyl records. It’s a homage to the history of the place, and yes, it’s how music should be listened to. But just in case you disagree, the turntables are all iPhone friendly so you can rock out to your own tunes if you want.

Hungry? No problem, Constantine is our in-house restaurant and we like to call it the perfect mix of familiar and exotic. Head chef Craig Harding, who made his name with La Palma, set the Mediterranean-inspired menus with care and flare, and designed the kitchen with a wood-burning oven for pizzas, smoked meats and seafood. As for the dining room, it fits perfectly into the allure of the Anndore itself, with a classic yet modern feel.

And finally, the neighbourhood. Tucked nicely away in the heart of midtown, the Anndore gives you access to Toronto’s best shopping, walking, sight-seeing and people watching. With the gay village to the east, the Mink Mile to the west and the downtown core to the south, everything you’d ever want to experience in Toronto is within walking distance. And with the money you’d save not staying at an overpriced chain, you can do it all.

As you plan your visit to Toronto, decide what kind of visit you want to have. If it’s something special you’re after, start by staying somewhere special. Start at the Anndore.

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