There are some buildings that truly make people lament, “if only walls could talk…” I’m certain that The Broadview Hotel’s walls would be full of secrets and stories, as it’s endured so many different versions of itself over the decades; it really is the proverbial phoenix, emerging from its gritty past radiant and refined.
Located at 106 Broadview Avenue in Riverside just east of the Don Valley (and often considered part of Leslieville), the Broadview Hotel has roots that extend back to 1891. It began its life as a commercial centre, built by wealthy entrepreneur, Archibald Dingman – which was aptly named Dingman Hall. It was ornate and architecturally interesting and instantly became an anchoring landmark in the neighbourhood.
In the early 1900s, it became the New Broadview Hotel and changed hands a number of times over the 20th century. In the 1970s it became a boarding house, with the infamous Jilly’s strip club on the first floor. It’s probably that this particular tenant marred the reputation of the building for quite some time, truthfully. In 2014 Streetcar Developments purchased the property and have evolved it to its current, glamourous iteration, which includes a 50-room hotel, three dining rooms and one of the best rooftop patios in town.
Here is the facade under construction (photo courtesy of Streetcar Developments):
Streetcar Developments, which focuses more on the condo/mixed-use space, took the lead from the building and its history to drive the re-design. There are elegant touches like Victorian wallpaper in common spaces that are designed to match the original décor, discovered buried under generations of use. The hotel rooms feature eclectic, mismatched furniture that pays homage to its Victorian roots.
It’s worth noting that COVID-19 has forced temporary closures of hotels and restaurants in Toronto, including the Broadview Hotel and its eateries.
*Photo courtesy of the always amazing BlogTO
The Civic restaurant combines a robust menu with Victorian ambience, including exposed brick façade, stained wood bar and factory glass windows. It also boasts an impressive wine cellar. It’s a great choice for dinner or for catching up with friends at Brunch. If you are looking to host a private event, the incredible Tower room (located in a turret, giving this room a whole new level of authenticity) is available.
*Photo courtesy of Yelp
The Bistro+Bar opens at 7 am for breakfast but offers libations and light fare well into the evening. I enjoy this dining space regularly, as it’s a comfortable room and feels very big city glam like Paris. Perhaps the most special part of this hotel is the Summit Lodge, where you can drink and dine alfresco while taking in incredible views of the city skyline and Don River.
*Photo courtesy of Hotels.com
There’s a lot to love about The Broadview Hotel. As a destination, it embodies all the qualities which are best about urban rejuvenation and historic preservation in the original City of Toronto.
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