Templar Hotel

A personalized luxury experience in Toronto
Located just steps from the heart of downtown Toronto, Templar Hotel offers a one-of-a-kind city hotel experience, with just 27 uniquely decorated rooms. This sleek and contemporary urban retreat takes technological savvy to another level not seen elsewhere in the travel world—rather than placing telephones in the guest rooms, Templar provides iPads pre-loaded with FaceTime so that guests have a direct and personal lines to the front desk and its Monk Kitchen chef, making video chat the primary means of reaching the staff for everything from a quick question to a room service order. All of which means, you won’t need to leave the beautifully designed confines of your spacious room, each of which feels more like a private apartment than your usual hotel room.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The on-property Monk Lounge at is part bar and part relaxing living room. With comfortable leather banquettes, Honduran Ipe floors spiced up with embedded cowhide mosaics and an oversized bookshelf on one side, Monk Lounge is a perfectly comfortable place to unwind after a long day in the city.
  • When traveling away from home, staying in touch is so important, and the folks at Templar wouldn’t want to stand in your way. That’s why the hotel’s wireless Internet is free to all guests — in guest rooms, in the lobby and in Monk lounge.
  • The Onsen spa, which opened in June 2013, offers a truly luxurious experience. Think custom soaking tub that’s split into a hot and cold section (Onsen means “hot springs” in Japanese), outdoor garden swimming pool, lounge, and more, all to enjoy in the tranquility of ultimate privacy.
  • Toronto has many interesting neighborhoods, but none offer the energy and convenience like the heart of downtown. Located just steps from both King and Queen Streets, Templar offers the accessibility to stores like Zara and Aritizia as well as to strings of Italian, Japanese and pub-style eateries.
Things to Know
  • The Templar experience is based on a boutique, personalized atmosphere. Part of what makes Templar special is that the few staff members on site strive to make the small hotel feel like home; that means they’ll make that extra effort to remember your preferences, automatically know your room number and cater to your needs.
  • Templar has a lot to offer, but unfortunately, workout facilities are not part of the package. There is, however, an Extreme Fitness gym a mere two blocks away, so if staying in shape while visiting Toronto is important to you, no need to fret.
  • See something you love in your guest room or lining the bookshelves in the chic Monk Lounge? It very well may be available for sale — a quick ask the concierge at the front desk could have you leaving Ontario with some new accents for your own living room.
  • There is no kids’ program at Templar. This isn’t to say that the hotel won’t accommodate your little ones — it’s all about meeting your needs — but just a heads up that children are not the focus of the hotel experience.
  • Templar Hotel is not a sky-scraping hotel — with just 27 guest rooms spread throughout seven stories, the hotel doesn’t tower over the city or neighboring buildings. So while the oversized floor-to-ceiling windows in each room offer lots of natural light and a bright feel, the hotel doesn’t specialize in sweeping views.
The Rooms
  • Rooms at Templar Hotel are minimalist and elegant in design, with high ceilings and a spacious feel. The smallest rooms here, standard queen rooms, start at 300 square feet, while larger suites range up to 2,000 square feet; all rooms comes with ceilings of at least 9 feet in height to make things feel even airier.
  • Large, floor-to-ceiling windows let in much natural light, and a combination of overhead lighting and standing floor lamps keep things bright when the sun goes down.
  • The minimalist décor varies slightly from room to room, but all rooms come with white Carrera marble in the entryway, behind the platform beds and in guest baths, opaque glass bathroom doors and Poliform desks and closets.
  • Many of the rooms at Templar include Paola Lenti carpets, stone inlays on one wall to add an accent of texture and uniquely modern touches like round ceramic and glass coffee table bowls.
The Look
  • The design style of Templar Hotel combines elegance and minimalism with artistic and rustic touches.
  • The lobby is primarily white and beige in color, with two oversized taupe armchairs sitting beneath bicycles hung on one wall; a poignant pop of color is seen in the bright blue wheels of one of the bikes, and the raised wooden reception desk sits affront a wall lined with white Carrera marble.
  • The guest elevator is lined with textured wood paneling, and similar textures of stone inlays can be found on the walls within many guest rooms.
  • Templar’s rooms themselves are similarly simple in design, with strong focal points to draw your eye: One large rectangular piece of art in each room stands out against the Honduran Ipe wood floors, low wood beds topped with muted white and pale blue linens and long, thin wooden desks.
Getting There
348 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1R7
YYZ (18-26 min)  
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