Think New York. Think sexy. Think details.
Toronto’s newest hotel may not be its biggest, but it might just be its most promising.
bE SixFifty is a boutique hotel at the corner of Bay and Elm (650 Bay St.) that’s officially opening its doors (and rooms) to the public this Friday, June 27th, after a four-year renovation. It’s a beautiful three-storey walkup capped off with a soon-to-be-open rooftop bar and patio. All 22 pod-style rooms can be found on the second and third floors and come in three sizes, including single, double, and queen, with variation options – petit, standard, grand – for each.
After visiting, we can confirm that whoever said the devil is in the details definitely wasn’t using designer Robin De Groot – ‘cause his attention to them is something much more akin to the celestial side of things.
There’s Keith Haring artwork on the walls, imported Italian tile throughout, minimum 500-thread count sheets on the bed, Egyptian cotton towels in the bathroom, and hypoallergenic everything, as well as iPads to control the room, from your lighting to your window shades, your A/C to your smart TV.
Need we go on?
Fine. How’s free WiFi, a Cafe and bistro on the ground floor serving fresh food daily, membership level access to Hard Candy Fitness (a block away), and the aforementioned rooftop patio that the owner tells us will feel like Miami has met L.A. and decided to stay in T.O?
Of course, the benefit of the compact but über efficient rooms is that a small space also means a small footprint. If you want to pay for a room that also includes an old, questionably-clean couch, there are plenty of places you can do that in the city – bE SixFifty, however, is the type of hotel that encourages you to get out and experience Toronto’s lifestyle. Don’t worry; you’ll have everything you need in their rooms, including hidden storage space and soundproofed brick walls, when you return.
With three pet-friendly rooms to boot, we suspect Assistant Manager Kyle MacDonald is going to have his hands full with reservations this summer. Because this is urbanity in its chicest state…
So, yes, good things do come in small packages after all.