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Toronto Marriott Markham: The 905’s First Condo Hotel

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Toronto Marriott Markham: The 905’s First Condo Hotel

The Remington Group introduces the 905’s first condo hotel, an artful, modern design curated for the inventive traveller

Standing in front of Petit Frère, the surreal 20-foot bear that welcomes guests at the main entrance of the new Toronto Marriott Markham, with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing a glimpse of the hotel’s glittering lobby behind him, the influence of contemporary art is hard to miss. Borrowing inspiration from its new home, Toronto Marriott Markham is one of the first hotels within Marriott’s North American portfolio to introduce an artful, modern design, curated for the inventive traveler who values vibrant, customized experiences in a sustainably thoughtful environment. The 905’s first condo hotel, which opened its doors in April, stands tall with 209 sophisticated guest suites amid state-of-the-art amenities in a truly unique urban community.

Providing accessible and inspiring public art is one of the principle tenets behind the design and implementation of Downtown Markham, a 243-acre European-inspired project by The Remington Group that is now the setting of York Region’s spectacular new landmark hotel and event space. Located on the corner of Enterprise Boulevard and Birchmount Road, Toronto Marriott Markham will be surrounded by animated public spaces in neighbouring mixed-use buildings, also developed and operated by The Remington Group, resulting in a vibrant indoor-outdoor realm in what is expected to become North America’s largest collection of LEED-certified buildings.

Toronto Marriott Markham’s interior courtyard and green roof patio open the building up to its surroundings at several levels, with deep setbacks from the street which provide guests with spacious outdoor terraces and an enhanced street-level experience. The final design is unified with a clear, contemporary architectural language that uses slightly different materials to distinguish the identities of the hotel and its neighbouring condominiums, respectively.

The hotel sits across the street from the Pride of Canada Carousel, a rideable 50-foot work of sustainable art and beloved community attraction, and The Origin, Downtown Markham’s award-winning entertainment hub, which features Cineplex Cinemas VIP + IMAX Theatres, a 24-hour Good Life Fitness, plus a mix of dynamic office space and experiential retail and dining. Not just your average movie theatre complex, The Origin plays host to a diverse range of community events such as New Year’s Eve fireworks, a summer music series, Rogers Hometown Hockey and Markham Ribfest. In just a few short years, The Remington Group has transformed vacant farmland into a gathering place and cultural centre for the entire region.

While the hotel’s superior level of service and sleek finishes have naturally made it a premier destination for international guests, there has been a surprising level of interest from area residents seeking a heightened experience closer to home. The hotel has quickly become a staple in Markham for hosting visiting family and friends, with many locals electing to return for staycations to enjoy the exquisite suites and nearby amenities themselves.

The attention to detail and elevated level of design at Toronto Marriott Markham is evident as soon as you enter the front doors and immerse yourself in Draco, the hotel’s main floor restaurant and lounge that buzzes with energy, day and night. Featuring seven modern seating styles, offering both intimate seating spaces and communal dining areas, and anchored by a full-service showcase bar, Draco – which takes its name from the constellation and a dazzling overhead glass light fixture resembling a dragon’s tail – serves a variety of seasonal Can-Asian menu items and a custom bourbon program.

Especially fitting for the hotel’s locale in the heart of Canada’s High Tech Capital, guests can take advantage of the latest advancements in technology throughout their stay by using their smartphones for mobile check-in and keyless entry. After enjoying all that the community has to offer, guests can retreat to their modern accommodations where Netflix and a collection of TED Talks curated exclusively for Marriott Hotels awaits.

Each of the hotel’s stunning amenity spaces, including its sophisticated meeting rooms and breathtaking pool area, features a conversation starter in the form of colourful art or selections from The New York Times Canadian Photo Archive. The archive dates back to the late 1800s and contains more than 24,000 photographs that depict Canada and its people from coast to coast, with images captured by The New York Times during some of our nation’s most historic and defining moments. Each amenity space has a distinct theme with enlarged photographs on display that represent various cross-sections of Canada, from note-worthy figures and diverse regional landscapes, to a commemoration of Canada’s military and candid portrayals of everyday life.

Since opening its doors, Toronto Marriott Markham has received its official designation as a CAA/AAA Four Diamond hotel, and was recently recognized at the 2018 ARIDO Awards, one of the most highly regarded honours in the interior design community, for its luxurious and innovative guest suites. Named a 2017 Finalist for BILD’s Mid/Highrise Project of the Year, the condo hotel already has an exciting roster of retail tenants open for business including Demetre’s, Cacao70 Dip Shop, Copper Branch, La Difference Rolex Boutique and Signature Eyewear. Later this year, Toronto Marriott Markham gets ready to welcome international favourites Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Nara Thai Cuisine, with a 10,000- square-foot seafood restaurant set to open in the winter.

Now with its own exceptional place to stay, Downtown Markham is quickly becoming the place to be and be seen in York Region.

BY THE NUMBERS

Toronto Marriott Markham
(170 Enterprise Blvd., Markham)

  • 209 upscale guest rooms including 11 sophisticated one-bedroom suites
  • Mobile Check-In with mobile key capability, allowing guests to use their smartphones to access their rooms
  • In-room entertainment system offers Netflix and TED Talks curated exclusively for Marriott Hotels
  • Total of 9,500 square feet of space for contemporary meeting facilities, including a 5,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom
  • Draco Restaurant, which offers locally-inspired dishes and a premium Bourbon program exclusive to Marriott Hotels

Downtown Markham

  • 243 acres declared by Markham’s City Council as official Downtown core
  • Located between Warden Avenue and Kennedy Road, north of the 407
  • 10,000 +/- residents
  • 3.7 million square feet of office space
  • 2.2 million square feet of retail and dining space
  • $30 million public art program

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