Toronto’s Broadview Hotel: From Jilly’s to the jewel in the East End’s crown

The Broadview Hotel
106 Broadview Ave., Toronto
416-362-8439, thebroadviewhotel.ca

The Pitch The Broadview Hotel is set in a Romanesque Revival-style building constructed in 1891, which before the current iteration was a bank, hotels and, most recently, Jilly’s Strip Club. It offers 58 rooms of boutique accommodation and, thanks to its spacious rooftop patio, it is poised to become a hippest hub in the city’s East End.

What We Love The Broadview Hotel’s building is a fixture of the East End’s gritty history. Originally home to Dingman’s Hall, a venue built for Archibald Dingman, a principal of soap company Pugsley, Dingman & Co., it underwent an extensive renovation by ERA Architects, Streetcar Developments and DesignAgency to become what it is today. The ambitious project, which began in 2015, completely reimagined the four-storey structure with the addition of a giant glass cube on the roof, yet preserved the architectural gem’s rounded-arch windows, decorative terracotta panels and its hallmark turret. These historical salvations earned the hotel a Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation. Homage is paid to the building’s history throughout the interior as well: During the demolition, workers stumbled upon the original wallpaper, which was recreated for the new decor, and a gorgeous art installation made from the building’s external fire escapes wraps around the brass elevator doors. Elsewhere cheeky nods to its previous tenants include art pieces featuring pin-up girls. Downstairs an 80-seat restaurant, the Civic, is helmed by executive chef and East End advocate John Sinopoli (of Ascari Enoteca and Hi-Lo Bar), offering a menu inspired by British traditions (think game and roast dinners).

Don’t Miss The massive rooftop bar boasts some of the best sweeping views of the Toronto skyline, in every direction. (Order the Hendrick’s gin-heavy Dingman’s Delight for nostalgia.) Though brand new, the Broadview hotel feels like it has been here forever. And in some ways, it sort of has. 

Rooms from $309 per night

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