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Hotel Review: Kimpton Saint George, The Annex

From raucous pub nights in The Fortunate Fox to cozy evenings curled up by the fire, the Kimpton Saint George is the perfect city hideaway.

Kimpton Saint George: What's the draw

New(ish) to Bloor Street, the two-year-old Kimpton Saint George is a stylish hotel that strikes a balance between homey and eclectic, with boho vibes elevated by clean, minimalist design. From the moment you walk through the rounded front doors, you'll feel as though you were transported to a calming retreat somewhere faraway, rather than smackdab in the middle of the city. Wooden archways, hanging plants and leafy wall decals carry the atmosphere through the lobby, where you'll find a sleek fireplace and shelves lined with ceramics. Rooms are kitted out with interesting art and cozy furnishings laid out in an asymmetrical fashion.

Kimpton Saint George: What's on the menu

An earthy hotel requires a down-to-earth dining experience and The Fortunate Fox is just that. Walls are lined with old books and fancy portraits of the fox in his most dapper outfits, while the oblong bar provides the eye-catching centrepiece. The no-fuss menu features pub favourites with thoughtful touches, like crispy chicken wings breaded in-house and then tossed in house-made sauce. You'll also find slightly more high-ticket dishes such as grilled salmon drizzled with a made-in-house beurre blanc. Despite being a transient spot for travellers staying at the hotel, it still manages to have a local pub feel – nights here can get raucous.

Kimpton Saint George: What else

Sandwiched between lush Yorkville and the spunky Annex, the Kimpton Saint George is perfectly positioned to be your homebase for a weekend of luxury shopping, fine dining and curated cocktail crawls, or dive bar hopping and chowing down in Koreatown. As the winter weather storms the city, hunkering down in the hotel might seem like a far better choice – and we wouldn't blame you. Mornings see complimentary tea and coffee served in the lobby, while wine hour is hosted every evening from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Grab a cuppa or a glass (or two, who's counting?) and settle in by the fireplace.

Rooms from $243.

280 Bloor St. W.; kimptonsaintgeorge.com

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