A Stately Toronto Hotel in a Former Strip Club

With a Most Attractive Rooftop Bar

By Sarah Freeman ·


We all have a past.

Even beautiful boutique hotels.

Like the Broadview, the latest addition to Toronto's up-and-coming East End, now open in what was once an iconic strip joint named Jilly's.

But that's all in the past. In the present, it's a 58-room hotel with a lovely rooftop bar. That you'll enjoy idling in when you're not doing whatever the hell it is you're doing out in Toronto.

We see you in a king corner room, quietly minding the mild juxtaposition of mid-century Modern furniture and floral wallpaper. The walls are covered in local art, the mini bar is stocked with local goods and the record collection is locally curated. Which better not mean lots of Drake. 

Anyway, you get the gist. It's like your apartment-away-from-your-apartment, but conceivably with more marble in the bathroom. And with a better rooftop serving better bay scallop ceviche and better panoramic views of the city from a sunroof-covered lounge and plant-covered patio.

And downstairs sits a lobby bar under a halo of pink neon. You might find yourself posting up there at some point for a martini and some steak frites with green peppercorn butter.

It's never too late for breakfast.

Sarah Freeman

Sarah Freeman is often accused of hiding secrets in her hair. She can make any cocktail, as long as that cocktail is a rye Old Fashioned, and has never met a saison she didn’t like.

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