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Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

By Jean Grant| Photography by Giordano Ciampini
Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

Hotel X, a behemoth of a tower that has seen its share of difficulties and delays over the past decade, is finally open for business at Exhibition Place. It’s managed by the Library Hotel Collection, a company known for fancy boutique hotels in NYC, as well as this delightfully Wes Anderson–like spot in Budapest. This 30-storey skyscraper, designed by Norr Limited, is by far the brand’s biggest undertaking.

Its location, opposite the Enercare Centre, caters to the conference-going crowd, but the resort-like complex has enough amenities to entertain anyone else who comes along. Once it’s totally finished, sometime this summer, it will have a cinema, four restaurants, a 90,000-square-foot athletic centre, and a 50-foot pool on the 28th floor with a view of the lake.

The hotel is in its soft-opening phase for now. Guests can stay in one of the 404 rooms, dine at Maxx’s Kitchen, a casual restaurant on the second floor, or enjoy the lobby, with 30-foot ceilings, mosaic tiling and a giant marble reception desk in front of a towering living wall.

All the artwork in the hotel, including this giant panel in the lobby, is by Neil Dankoff, a Toronto-based travel photographer who specializes in nature and wildlife. The hotel commissioned 800 of his pieces:

Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

This is the VIP check-in room, which is mostly used for corporate groups. There’s also a departure lounge, where guests can check their flight status. The hotel runs free shuttles to Billy Bishop Airport and Union Station:

Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

Here’s a view of the reception desk from the second floor. The Handmaid’s Tale filmed a scene here recently. The green wall is lined with golden pothos, and it has its own irrigation system:

Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

The main floor has a library with a mural of Toronto:

Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

The interiors were designed by Andi Pepper, who channeled some Eastern European influences. The lobby’s seating areas have saucer-like light fixtures—and yes, those are velvet panels covering the walls:

Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

Another bird’s-eye view. The space on the right will eventually become a fine-dining Mediterranean restaurant called Pétros 82:

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Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

Here’s the screening room, with 56 seats:

Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

Maxx’s Kitchen serves pub fare, and has a view of planes landing at Billy Bishop:

Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

The second floor has a Nespresso Café, with grab-and-go snacks and all the caffeinated beverages a business visitor could want:

Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

Anyone who stays in a suite gets access to this cozy library on the third floor, which is separate from the lobby’s library:

Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

The third floor has two massive ballrooms, the largest of which can fit 450 guests for a sit-down dinner. The crystals on the chandeliers were hung individually:

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Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

Floor-to-ceiling windows open onto a terrace overlooking the lake:

Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

There’s a getting-ready room for bridal parties called the “Pearl Room”:

Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

For the groomsmen, there’s the “Bow-tie Room,” which has a pool table and lampshades that resemble top hats:

Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

The hotel rooms themselves are fairly standard. Each one comes with a book of Dankoff’s photographs:

Inside Hotel X, a swish new place to stay at Exhibition Place

111 Princes’ Blvd., 647-943-9400, hotelxtoronto.com.

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