Certified Cool: Charles Khabouth on Forbes’ list of “Coolest Boutique Hotel Owners”

Forbes just released their list of the World’s Top Ten Coolest Boutique Hotel Owners and INK Entertainment‘s own Charles Khabouth is given the official cool certification thanks to Bisha Hotel & Residences.

The article discusses the complexity and significance of brand collaboration or multi-concept branding in boutique hospitality and how artistically inclined brands find the hospitality space uncertain but prosperous when expanding into the field.

In regards to Khabouth, Writer Frances Kiradijan, Founder and CEO, Boutique and Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA), states: “Nightclub developer Charles Khabouth saw a market for hotels that combine “cool” hotel experiences with luxury service, a notion that he brought to Bisha, his hotel collaboration with musical icon Lenny Kravitz. The undeniably “cool” location has earned a spot in Conde Nast’s 15 Best Hotels in Toronto, with suites designed by Kravitz.”

To see which hoteliers and owners made the list and more information on the boutique side of hospitality, read the Forbes article here.

Charles Khabouth reveals secrets to sartorial success in Forbes interview

Following his EY Entrepreneur of the Year win in the Entertainment and Hospitality sector, CEO and Founder Charles Khabouth sat down with Forbes to discuss INK Entertainment and its properties, his legacy in Toronto’s hospitality industry and all things fashion. 

To read more about Charles, his favourite designers and the success of INK properties, head to the full interview here.

Photo by Jesse Milns for Forbes.

Stars spotted at INK Entertainment & ICONINK venues during TIFF 2018

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars were spotted at INK Entertainment and ICONINK venues this TIFF to celebrate the premiere of their films. Between junkets and interviews at Bisha‘s IMDB Lounge, premiere parties at Patria, Weslodge, Mira, KOST and Mister C, to numerous spottings at RBC House in STORYS, TIFF stars were seen everywhere this festival.

View highlights in our photo gallery below.

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Photos courtesy of Jason Lynch, Joel Levy and Sonia Recchia (Getty Images).

Akira Back receives stellar review from the Globe & Mail

Special to the Globe & Mail, Jason Chow sat down at Akira Back located inside Bisha Hotel & Residences for an in-depth review of one of INK Entertainment‘s latest restaurants. The review highlights Chef Akira’s history, as well as a detailed description of the izakaya-style menu. Akira Back received three out of four stars from Chow and the Globe & Mail.

To read the full review, head to the article located here.

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Mister C shortlisted for AHEAD Americas Awards

Congratulations to the Bisha Hotel & Residences and INK Entertainment teams as the lobby bar, Mister C, has been shortlisted for Sleeper Magazine’s AHEAD Americas Awards. AHEAD awards hospitality, experience and design in the design and guest experience sectors. The ceremony will be held in June.

For more information on the awards and to check out Mister C’s listing, head to the AHEAD Awards website.

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Charles Khabouth speaks at Global Industry Day 2018 in Toronto, Canada

INK Entertainment‘s CEO was part of a panel at the Global Meetings Industry Day 2018 speaking to local and international event planners and producers. Some topics they covered included: the hotel industry, wow factors that make certain venues and/or events stand out, the importance of AV, lighting, etc. in creating great events and what’s one piece of advice you would give event planners.

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Bisha Hotel Toronto: Tried, tested and recommended

8/10 Telegraph expert rating

Following its official debut in what many called the party of the year, Charles Khabouth’s luxury lifestyle Bisha Hotel and Residences has quickly shaken up Toronto’s hospitality scene. Located at the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment district, we welcomed Telegraph reviewer Doug Wallace to check out everything the 44 storeys had to share.

See his full review here.

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What’s inside Akira Back, the Michelin-starred chef’s first Canadian restaurant?

After opening its doors to Toronto in December, Akira Back has been wowing the city with Japanese-Korean dishes in a space inspired by the chef’s mother’s art. We invited Toronto Life and BlogTO to check out the restaurant for themselves and here’s what they had to say…

Toronto Life

The Food

Photo courtesy of Renee Suen for Toronto Life

“The menu of Korean-flavoured Japanese dishes features a few of Back’s playful signature items (tuna pizza, wagyu tacos), a whole whack of fancy ingredients (foie gras, caviar, truffle paste) and more-traditional sushi, sashimi and maki. One dish exclusive to this location is Back’s quirky tribute to Canada: crispy cubes of rice topped with seared tuna and flavoured with ketchup powder, because ketchup chips.”

 

BlogTO

The Interior

“The Toronto restaurant on the second floor of the Bisha Hotel by a world-renowned chef is surprisingly personal. Exterior signage, a sophisticated ceiling design and even plates feature artwork inspired by the chef’s mother. Even getting into the restaurant is impressive thanks to an all-gold stairway.”

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Event Recap: Bisha Hotel & Residences Grand Opening

On Monday, November 27th, hundreds of guests were treated to a night of spectacle and fun inside the Grand Opening party for Bisha Hotel and Residences. Surprises could be found around every corner from the performance pieces inside hotel rooms, a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, an eye-ball band and performers in the elevators. Beverages were plentiful, as were the hors d’oeuvres and treats from in-house restaurants French Made, Kost and Akira Back – which opens to the public on Thursday, December 7th.

For more information on reservations, room bookings and more, please visit the Bisha Toronto website.

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Akira Back receives first Michelin star prior to Bisha restaurant opening

The 2018 Michelin Guide Seoul announced that renowned Chef Akira Back was awarded one Michelin star for his innovative restaurant concept DOSA in Seoul, South Korea.

“To be recognized and awarded one Michelin Star is an amazing honor for me,” said Chef Akira Back. “And to be given such a prestigious honor in my hometown is truly an incredible achievement. Korean cuisine has constantly been my inspiration as I open restaurants around the world, so to receive this award here is very special.”

Back was born in Korea but was raised in Aspen, Colarado and grew up as a snowboarder on the slopes in Colarado. He now operates restaurants in Las Vegas, Jakarta, and Delhi, as well as opening his own restaurant, Akira Back, inside Bisha Hotel and Residences in late-November.

The Bisha Toronto, INK Entertainment and ICONINK staff would like congratulate Akira Back on his first of many Michelin stars and look forward to having be a part of the team.

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