In a century-old, brick-and-industrial steel building that originally housed horse stables, the Annex is a hybrid hospitality concept that is part Airbnb, part boutique hotel.
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Designed by Toronto–based architecture practice StudioAC in collaboration with the Gauley Brothers and Moss, the carefully curated hotel reflects the local community: all of the spaces feature the work of hand-picked local artists, musicians, and chefs.
Unique in layout in response to the building’s street front site, the plan runs from side to side, allowing for daylight-filled spaces with multiple windows and inventive, built-in furniture solutions. Elements in the rooms were built mostly from plywood, including a long millwork piece that extends from one side of the suite to the other, changing from an end surface to a desk, and even a washroom vanity. The minimally designed interiors respect the industrial, historic nature of the space with a contemporary aesthetic that brings new life into the building.
Design shines at this hotel, and so do the amenities. The home-away-from-home concept does away with formalities like a front desk (you check in online, get a code to unlock your room, and text the staff), TVs (you get a 13" iPad Pro to stream your favorite shows), or a gym (you get 24-hour access to a facility five minutes away)—in favor of tailored perks that engulf guests in the local culture. From a breakfast bar with delectable pastries to a wine bar with locally sourced shared plates, there are plenty of opportunities to engage with fellow travelers or local residents in a well-designed space.
Rooms range between $150 and $250.