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The Broadview Hotel - stylish lodging in Toronto with a colourful past

The Broadview Hotel is a historic east end neighbourhood landmark with a wonderfully colourful past. Originally built in 1891, has now been meticulously restored and reimagined as a 58-room boutique hotel and charismatic gathering spot. Mr Hudson speaks to the team about the history of the hotel, their core values, and the evolution of hospitality over the years.

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Tell us about the history of your hotel

The Broadview Hotel was originally designed as a commercial centre called Dingman Hall, named after the wealthy serial entrepreneur Archibald Dingman who built the building in 1891. It’s grand, imposing Romanesque-style architecture and glamorous upper assembly halls made it an instant iconic landmark, and it became a prominent social gathering spot for an astonishing array of Torontonians, from politicians to athletic clubs to the Canadian Order of Odd Fellows among others.

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In 1907, Dingman Hall was sold to T.J. Edwards, who turned it into The New Broadview Hotel, renting rooms for $1.50 a night. Over the years, The Broadview Hotel changed many hands and names. During the 30s it was called Lincoln Hotel. By the 40s it had assumed its original name, and by the 70s, it had become a boarding house with a strip club housed on the ground floor. This was Jilly’s, a strip club which served as the east end’s most notorious landmark for almost three decades. Stories and myths abound, including one starring a live tiger that shared centre stage with one of the dancers.

Over time, the east end’s gritty, working-class roots have given way to gourmet food shops, restaurants, and stylish boutiques. In May 2014, Streetcar Developments purchased the hotel and the rest, as they say, is history.

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What are the core values of your establishment? 

We have 5 main core values here at The Broadview Hotel that we strive for daily to provide an experience like no other.

We are passionate about east end pride; being a landmark of Toronto’s east end is something that makes us unique and sets us aside from the competition. We always strive to be a part of our community and participate in local events.

Being charismatic is a value that we believe strongly in, we strive to make every guest feel comfortable and at ease, interacting with our guests as if they are one of our friends while still maintaining a professional image.

We believe in being cleverly original; it is important for us to go above and beyond when catering to our guests by delivering unexpected touches in the form of service and amenities.

We also strive to have a luxuriously crafted image and are very proud of our luxurious services but also our ambiance, places, décor choices and visuals.

Our final main core value is being convivial, we provide a friendly, lively, and welcoming atmosphere to all of our guests here at The Broadview Hotel, providing them with an experience that will make them come back for more.

“Each of our boutique guestrooms is refreshingly unique and fully outfitted with luxury linens, a vinyl record player and a minibar offering our favourite locally sourced goods”

What makes your accommodation special?

Housed in a 128-year-old historic landmark building with a rich and storied past, The Broadview Hotel is an iconic gateway to the city’s most captivating neighbourhood. Each of our boutique guestrooms is refreshingly unique and fully outfitted with luxury linens, a vinyl record player and a minibar offering our favourite locally sourced goods. From the spectacular Rooftop to the energy of the Bistro+Bar, our restaurants are a destination in and of themselves. An experience unlike any other awaits you at The Broadview Hotel.

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How has hospitality evolved over the last decade or so? 

Hospitality is one of the fastest-growing industries in Canada. The advance in technology over the past decade has carried over to the hospitality industry. It is important to stay up to date with all of the current market trends to avoid the risk of falling behind. It has become incredibly easy for anyone to book a hotel online and research where to stay to get the exact level of service they desire; this is why it is highly important for us to maintain a strong online appearance. It is also fundamental to always evolve the level of service that you provide to stay top of mind and surprise and delight each guest who steps through the doors of The Broadview Hotel.

“The hotel is a real Insta-worthy location in Toronto!”

How important is design these days as part of the hotel experience? 

Design is incredibly important. It is something that sets us aside from our competition and makes our guests feel as though they are getting more value out of their experience here at The Broadview Hotel. Having a unique look and fascinating past draws in individuals who have heard about The Broadview Hotel and would like to experience it firsthand. The Broadview Hotel is a real Insta-worthy location in Toronto!

What makes Toronto such a great destination?

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and a world leader in such areas as business, finance, technology, entertainment and culture. Its large multicultural population from all over the globe has also made Toronto one of the most multiethnic cities in the world. There are a wide variety of different places to explore in Toronto, you’ll never run out of exciting activities when visiting this beloved city.

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