If there’s anything the just-opened Hotel X Toronto has in spades, it’s views.
Sprouting 30 floors up from the very southern stub of the Canadian National Exhibition grounds, its rooftop pool peers down achingly at the mass of boats bobbing in the summer lake blueness, while offering the ideal vantage point to watch planes gliding to and fro from Billy Bishop Airport.
Wind around some more on the same deck — as is the vantage point from so many of the rooms in the 404-suite hotel — and you’ll see a thicket of green, but also an easterly view of the forest of downtown towers that, because of the hotel’s marriage of height and location, is all-new, even to the life-long Torontonian.
With that kind of competition, it may be remarkable that anyone at the hotel is even talking about the art. But, oh, they are: the miscellany of bold photography (nearly 800 shots) taken by one person, and specifically commandeered to show natural sites in countries ranging from China to Iceland, South Africa to Bolivia. Unprecedented, as far as hotel commissions go.