The concept behind the newly opened Annex Hotel in Toronto is simple; do away with any unnecessary features and focus on what’s important. The hotel offers bare bones service (online self-check in, no in-room phone, no TV, no cable, no room service, no gym), instead focusing on the design and the vibe, which is decidedly local. Each of the 24 rooms offers abundant natural light and is outfitted with local finds; “It’s our own little way of introducing you to Toronto’s finest makers and doers,” say the owners.
“We didn’t set out to design the anti-hotel, but when we went searching for inspiration, we realized there was so much that seemed unnecessary,” they say. “By making some big decisions, we were able to save you some money—because we’d rather you were able to travel more often.”
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