9 of Our Favourite Canadian Hotels that Opened in 2021


Whether you’re staycationing or heading out for an interprovincial holiday, there’s a bright and shiny new property to check into.

sign for Kitoki Inn in green forest
   Photo: Jeremy Koreski

Kitoki Inn, Bowen Island, B.C.
Opened: July 2021
Take a break from the city and reconnect with nature at Kitoki Inn, located in a lush rainforest setting on Bowen Island – just a 20–minute ferry ride from Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay. The property’s three cedar cabins feature elements of Japanese minimalism and contemporary West Coast style with nods to Bowen Island’s natural environment, complete with fir panelling and floor–to–ceiling windows looking out at the greenery. Immerse yourself even further into the surroundings with a soak in the outdoor, onsen–style bathhouse, followed by a cold hydrotherapy shower and some relaxation by the wood–burning fireplace in the adjoining Japanese garden.

Related: A Perfect Day on Bowen Island, B.C.

November 8, 2021
inside hotel room with white bed and patterned wall
   Photo: Versante Hotel

Versante Hotel, Richmond, B.C.
Opened: July 2021
The Versante Hotel is just minutes from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), but it’s miles away from your typical airport hotel. The surprising, unconventional details start as soon as you enter the 100–room property’s lobby – you’ll find a handcrafted rug by local artist Andy Dixon and charcoal sculpture by Vancouver–based Marie Khouri – and continue through to the smart amenities, including the Peloton–equipped fitness centre, complimentary bike rentals and rooftop saltwater pool.

Related: A Perfect Day in Richmond, B.C.

sleek hotel lobby with art on wall
   Photo: The Westley Hotel

The Westley Hotel, Calgary
Opened: June 2021
Located in what was once a corporate office building, Calgary’s new 104–room Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel is business on the outside and casual yet stylish on the inside: perfect for work and play. The lobby showcases art by Albertans Maya Gohill and Tanya Klimp, while in–house restaurant Fonda Fora serves contemporary Mexican fare from Yucatán–born chef Rafael Castillo – kick back with a scallop aguachile in your corner king room overlooking the city skyline.

hotel dining room with wood furniture
   Photo: Brandon Barré

1 Hotel Toronto
Opened: August 2021
The luxury sustainable hotel brand’s first Canadian property brings nature to the city with reclaimed wood furniture, a lobby produce stand and greenery galore. Among the four dining options – including the poolside Harriet’s Rooftop – is 1 Kitchen, a zero–waste restaurant where most ingredients come from within 100 kilometres, including mushrooms from Unionville Mushrooms in Stoufville and chicken from Ahrens Family Farm in Peterborough (it’s roasted with harissa and served with garden pepper hot sauce, charred lemon and herbs).

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spacious hotel lobby with panelled walls
   Photo: The Pearle Hotel

The Pearle Hotel & Spa, Burlington, Ontario
Opening: December 2021
Inspired by the lake houses of the past where the hotel’s namesake spent her summers, this soon–to–open Autograph Collection Hotel on the Burlington waterfront offers 151 rooms with white oak feature walls, locally created artwork and expansive lake views. Unwind with a cocktail at Isabelle restaurant and relax at the hammam–inspired spa (open now), but don’t forget to stay in touch with loved ones: mailboxes throughout the hotel will make it easy to send letters near and far, all postage paid.

mirrored cabin in woods
   Photo: Andrew Latreille

Arcana, Ontario
Opened: August 2021
Nestled in the woods just under two hours northwest of Toronto is Arcana, a secret site home to mystical mirrored cabins that blend in with the surroundings, no matter the season. Upon booking, you’ll receive the exact location – and then the wellness hideaway is yours, complete with a queen bed and kitchenette (inside your 275–square–foot cabin), private fire pit, sauna and 15 kilometres of marked trails.

cozy white hotel room interior with black fireplace and white bed
   Photo: Niamh Barry

Somewhere Inn, Calabogie, Ontario
Opened: September 2021
This refurbished 11–room roadside motel in the Ottawa Valley invites you to be your most adventurous self, set against a backdrop of forest, lakes and the rolling mountains of Ontario’s Highlands. The cabin–esque rooms, featuring fireplaces and custom furniture by Toronto–based woodworker Jeremy Kehoe, are intentionally analog (no TVs!) to encourage you – and your 4–legged travel companions – to get out and experience all the area has to offer, from hiking and skiing at nearby Calabogie Peaks to checking out local breweries and coffee shops. When you return after a day of exploring, stock up on provisions, like canned mimosas and Covered Bridge chips, from the on–site Bottle Shop – or have a selection delivered straight to your room.

modern hotel room interior with large white bed
   Photo: Brandon Barré

Humaniti Hotel, Montreal
Opened: June 2021
Whether you’re on a work or personal retreat, this 11–storey Autograph Collection Hotel – located within the city’s new mixed–use Humaniti Tower – delivers, with a two–floor fitness centre, spa, rooftop pool and 4,000 square feet of meeting space. Don’t miss dining at the h3 restaurant and lounge, where regional dishes, like St–Pie duck breast with heirloom carrots, cranberries, oyster mushrooms and roasted cashew butter, are served alongside an extensive selection of Quebec wines and ciders.

Related: Your Guide to Canada’s Coolest Day Trips

spacious hotel room interior with landscape painting on wall
   Photo: Muir

Muir, Halifax
Opening: December 2021
This winter, Muir (Scottish Gaelic for “sea”) will drop anchor at the edge of the Halifax Harbour. Designed by Nova Scotia’s MacKay–Lyons Sweetapple Architects, the marine–inspired Autograph Collection Hotel (complete with its own 36–foot yacht, Little Wing, as well as a high–speed 24–foot motorboat, Reach) juts over the ocean while also bringing the outside in: Each of the 109 rooms features an original landscape painting by an Atlantic Canada artist.