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Kimpton Saint George Welcomes First Guests in Toronto



WHY IT RATES: The Kimpton Saint George is the playful boutique hotel company’s first ever Toronto location and is located amid the city’s cultural corridor.—Mia Taylor, TravelPulse Senior Writer.

Kimpton Saint George, located at 280 Bloor Street West between Huron and St. George Streets, opened its doors on June 19, 2018.

The boutique hotel company’s first ever Toronto location is a sophisticated-yet-playful respite along the Bloor Street Culture Corridor bridging luxurious elements of bordering Yorkville with the bohemian hipness of the Annex.

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In honor of the Saint George’s commitment to arts, culture, and philanthropy, the hotel welcomed its first guests Jeffrey Remedios, president & CEO of Universal Music and board of directors member of MusiCounts, and Lucia Remedios, owner of Toronto’s Analogue Gallery, on opening day.

“We are thrilled to open our doors to bring our uniquely personal and authentic boutique hotel experience to Toronto and to welcome our esteemed first guests,” Bertrand Mangeot, general manager of Kimpton Saint George, said. “Whether our guests are here for a dose of local arts and culture, business meetings or to enjoy the city’s dynamic culinary scene, the Saint George looks forward to offering that heartfelt Kimpton service and care our guests will come to know and love.”

With design and interiors conveying the nuances of neighborhood life from Toronto-based interior design firm Mason Studio, in collaboration with Kimpton’s Ave Bradley, global SVP Design & Creative Director, and Diana Martinez, design director, Saint George brings an exciting new 14-story hotel that seamlessly integrates elements of Toronto’s culture and personality.

Its 188 artfully designed guest rooms, including 20 suites and a Presidential Suite, give guests a distinct sense of place with gentle nods to the Annex’s heritage homes and community in its contemporary design and all of the right residential touches.

As central to the hotel’s design story, virtually all of the art pieces are original works by Canadian artists, and every finish, color selection, piece of furniture and object has meaning and a story to make guests feel the warmth and community of Toronto.

Beginning with guests’ arrival, the hotel exterior features a hand-painted owl mural by renowned Toronto street artist, Birdo. The owl’s wit and curiosity symbolize how guests unravel the hotel’s sense of discovery from one room to the next. From a heightened view of the city, the owl’s gaze shows the Toronto skyline – a beautiful view of the city from above.

In the reception check-in area, a sophisticated and original hand-painted mural by artist Tisha Myles depicts a misty Toronto-inspired scene, a nod to traditional landscape paintings.

What’s more, a blue jay is seen flying over the mist, casting a patriotic spell over the distinguished piece of artwork. From the reception area, guests naturally flow into the Living Room, a refreshing departure from the fast exchange that is typical of a classic hotel lobby.

Anchored by a focal point fireplace, the space is hospitable, inviting, casual and comfortable. The Living Room is the heart of the hotel, with a design that facilitates socialization and the locale for Kimpton’s popular morning coffee and tea service and evening social hour.

Fittingly located within steps of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Kimpton Saint George embraces the local community’s connection to music. Each of the hotel’s suites are equipped with TEAC turntable systems and vinyls from a variety of Canadian artists specially curated by Kimpton’s Director of Music, Lauren Bucherie, in collaboration with local record store, Sonic Boom Records.

From the guest room corridors to the elevators, the music is carefully selected for every zone of this hotel – a nod to the many musicians that got their start in this neighborhood, particularly through folk music.

Guest amenities at Saint George include all of Kimpton’s signature offerings, such as its “Forgot It? We’ve Got It!” menu of travel and vacation essentials; luxurious Atelier Bloem bath amenities; free Wi-Fi for IHG Rewards Club members; and health-minded wellness options, such as complimentary use of custom designed PUBLIC bikes, 24-hour access to the hotel’s fitness center and in-room yoga mats.

As with all Kimpton properties, Saint George is pet-friendly, welcoming four-legged guests with no additional fee or deposit.

Located on the ground floor, Saint George’s 1,500-square-foot pre-function meeting and events space were designed to provide a place for work and play, specifically catered to intimate gatherings. A paradox to the vibrant meeting room, the anterior 400-square-foot pre-function lounge sets a cooling, calming environment with its moody, darker design scheme that provides an instant relaxing vibe.

As guests make their way into the Peregrine Room, the 1,100-square-foot meeting space, they are immersed in a daylight-soaked, open and airy space with residential touches and a soft color palette. Eclectic furnishings, used in both spaces, are interchangeable for workshops, cocktail parties or business meetings. Layered, architectural window shutters can be used at the guests’ discretion to integrate more privacy and lighting control into the space.

Adjacent to the hotel, and also accessible through Saint George’s living room, The Fortunate Fox is a hip gastropub that offers a familiar yet refreshing experience. The Fortunate Fox is an elevated take on the classic pub, with a menu of made-from-scratch items and a great selection of local craft beers and cocktails that can be paired with any dish.

A soon-to-be neighborhood staple, The Fortunate Fox has something for everyone – travelers, locals, and students. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will be servicing the hotel’s meetings and events, as well as in-room dining.

To learn more about Kimpton Saint George, book a stay or see the hotel’s local package offerings, visit or call reservations at 1-888-563-2004.

SOURCE: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants press release

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Couples Resorts Implements Relief Plan for Employees



Couples Resorts has implemented its official employee relief plan during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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The company, which owns and operates a collection of four all-inclusive properties in Jamaica, has announced that each employee will be entitled to paid vacation, all of their benefits and a portion of their salary during the resorts’ closure due to the global impact of COVID-19.

“This brand recognizes the important roles each essential employee brings to the brand’s success and aims to help prioritize their health and safety during these challenging times,” the company said in a statement.

Couples Resorts also confirmed that its non-profit organization, The Issa Trust Foundation, has donated more than $238,000 of critical medical equipment and supplies such as ventilators, x-ray machines, hand sanitizer, beds and stretchers to assist Jamaica’s hospitals.

Couples Resorts is just one example of Caribbean resorts’ ongoing efforts to support the fight against COVID-19.

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