Marriott International has announced plans to open its first W property in Toronto.

The 255-room hotel will be housed within a nine storey building at 90 Bloor Street East in the city’s Yorkville district.

The building was previously home to the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, and is scheduled to reopen as the W Toronto in summer 2020.

Features will include a rooftop restaurant accessible from street level by an exterior glass lift, as well as a coffee and cocktail bar, a fitness centre, 4,800 square feet of meeting space, and “an indoor/outdoor lobby bar and lounge equipped with a DJ booth/recording studio for collaborating, broadcasting and recording podcasts”.

Marriott also says that the property will feature an entrance in which guests will be “immersed in a modern biophilia and laboratory style experience, that leads to breath-taking indoor/outdoor spaces, perfect for soaking in spectacular sunsets and sounds”. No, we’re not entirely sure what that means either.

Commenting on the news Paul Cahill, area vice president, Eastern Canada for Marriott International, said:

“We are applying a unique, vibrant sensibility to the upcoming W Toronto, one that has not been seen before in Toronto.

“The exciting evolution of this property into Toronto’s first W hotel is consistent with the ongoing evolution of this Toronto neighbourhood whose vibrancy, sophistication, and density continues to grow. This is a strategic location for the brand, and we foresee it welcoming international business and leisure travellers, but also becoming a destination for urban thrill-seekers.”

W Toronto is the second property under the W Hotels brand in canada, joining the W Montreal.

For our four-hour guide to Toronto, see:

Four hours in Toronto 2018