Bisha Hotel celebrates 2nd Anniversary with Back 2 Bisha initiative

On November 27, 2017, Bisha Hotel & Residences burst on to the scene with a spectacular grand opening party for more than 1,000 guests. Now, two years later, the luxury hotel has succeeded in establishing its place as a creative hub in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant Entertainment District.

Recognized by Condé Nast Traveller as one of Toronto’s top hotels, Bisha is celebrating its two-year anniversary by offering special packages designed around the number ‘two’. On behalf of all guests, Bisha will also be giving back to the community. For every night’s stay in November, the hotel will make a donation to The Remix Project, a local arts-organization that helps young people in marginalized and under-served communities. With more than 3,000 pieces on display, art is a key pillar of the hotel.

Bisha Hotel Toronto was founded by visionary impresario Charles Khabouth, who was recognized as one of the ‘coolest boutique hotel owners in the world’ by Forbes Magazine. Since opening the hotel two years ago, Bisha has garnered numerous international accolades, been featured in glossy magazines, and hosted celebrities from the worlds of film, music, and sports.

“This is my first hotel project and we had a very specific vision of the role we wanted to play in the city,” says Charles Khabouth. “We felt there was opportunity for a hotel that is both luxurious and sexy, with a focus on art, design, and innovative dining concepts. To watch Bisha come to life and be so successful, in such a short time, is extremely gratifying.”

In addition to giving back to The Remix Project, the hotel will celebrate its second anniversary with a series of initiatives including:

ANNIVERSARY PACKAGE: Guests can take advantage of the ‘Back 2 Bisha’ anniversary offers this month. Package includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms and breakfast for two at KŌST, the stunning Baja-inspired rooftop restaurant with one of the ‘dreamiest swimming pools in the world’, as recognized by Matador Network.

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST: The hotel is encouraging fans to share a favoured photo taken at the hotel using the hashtag #Back2Bisha for a chance to win an overnight stay and breakfast for two.

LIMITED EDITION MENUS: At the highly acclaimed Akira Back, fans will delight in a special limited edition anniversary menu that features new items including ribeye tacos and poached lobster from Michelin Star Chef Akira Back. At French Made, the hotel’s Parisian-inspired café, signature Birthday Cake slices will be available throughout the month.

For more information or to book your stay, head to the official Bisha website.

 

Your guide to star-spotting at INK venues during TIFF ’19

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is back for 2019 and a star-studded list of guests will flood the city for the festival’s 10-day duration. With TIFF comes the parties, events and interviews, which means the city will be on high alert for the best in celebrity sightings. INK Entertainment venues have been known to host a celebrity or two, so here are a few places in Toronto for your best chance at star-spotting.

Bisha Hotel & Residence

Home to the IMDB Studio at the Visa Infinite Lounge in previous years, Bisha is no stranger to a celebrity or two. The hotel hosts the world’s trendiest guests on the regular and the lobby bar – Mister C – been home to a few pre and after parties for TIFF films. Stars spotted in the past include Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney and Greta Gerwig.

 

Akira Back

Located on the second floor of Bisha Hotel, Michelin-star chef Akira Back, the buzz worthy menu, private dining room and cool decor designed by Studio Munge is enough to draw any celebrity in. Canadian icons Ben and Jessica Mulroney are loyal patrons of the restaurant, as well as Jessica Biel and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been spotted indulging in Back’s signature dishes.

 

KOST

The rooftop restaurant – located on the 44th floor of Bisha Hotel – has unparalleled views of Toronto and was recently dubbed the city’s best patio by BlogTO. Already a popular and Instagrammable destination for locals and tourists, you can bet the stars will want to take in the views and fresh menu, like Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Geena Davis and Martin Short have done.

 

Sofia Restaurant & Bar

While it may not be located right in the heart of TIFF action, Sofia is a pearl nestled in Yorkville and secluded from the hustle and bustle of downtown. The fine-dining destination offers Italian-inspired cuisine and a menu curated by executive chef Rob LeClair. The luxe space holds the charm of modern dining with a dash of Hollywood glamour, as well as a private outdoor patio – This checks every box for a TIFF event. Stars spotted in past include Drake, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum and Dan Aykroyd.

 

Byblos Downtown / STORYs Toronto

Byblos and STORYs are staple spots for star-spotting during TIFF. Byblos – the award-winning Eastern Mediterranean restaurant – has celebrities flocking each night to get a taste of the incredible menu, as well as being host to a few after parties. Sharing the same space, STORYs has been home to many a pre or post screening party, as well as the RBC Lounge. Stars spotted in the past include Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey and Bryan Cranston.

 

Patria

Patria is the ultimate spot on King West for private dining and party experiences for TIFF events. The Barcelona inspired restaurant is discreetly tucked away and boasts impressive Spanish flavoured menu items. It has also has been host to a bevy of premiere parties, including an appearance by Ryan Gosling.

 

Weslodge

You cannot miss the big yellow doors when you’re walking down King Street – and neither can the biggest names in Hollywood. Weslodge has been the host to many a TIFF event and has had stars such as Richard Gere and Gary Oldman spotted inside. Matthew McConaughey even booked out the venue last year for an invite-only tasting of his Wild Turkey whisky.

 

Spoke Club

The exclusive members-only club has hosted many galas and premiere parties in the past. Now under the helm of INK Entertainment, Spoke Club boasts a newly renovated private rooftop patio and bar that will be idea for all A-list guests seeking the most exclusive events. Stars spotted in the past include Penelope Cruz, Bradley Cooper, Woody Harrelson and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Bisha Hotel & Residences offering lux libations on the house

At the centre of it all in Downtown Toronto, Bisha Hotel & Residences is ready to make your summer vacation or “treat yourself” staycation extra sweet. Starting now, all hotel bookings will include a $25 mini bar credit to indulge in while unwinding in your luxury suite. Room reservations include access to the rooftop infinity pool, as well as in-hotel restaurants KOST, Akira Back and the hotel lobby bar Mister C.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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To book your stay with this exclusive offer, head to the booking link here: www.bishahoteltoronto.com/special-offers/lux-libations

ICONINK readies for warm weather with Summer Series launch

ICONINK announced today its brand new Summer Series that will take place inside Toronto’s hottest dining destinations during the city’s favourite season.

“Entertaining our guests with unique and inventive experiences is our ultimate objective,” Hanif Harji, CEO, ICONINK. “Our Summer Series was specifically designed as an opportunity for our guests to enjoy our restaurants in memorable ways, including wine events, hands-on culinary classes, special spirit tastings, and more.”

Launching at the end of April, the Summer Series events will take place at ICONINK restaurants and patios:

  • An intimate evening at Mediterranean outpost Byblos Uptown (2537 Yonge Street) on Tuesday April 30th hosted in partnership with esteemed Lebanese winery, Chateau Musar. For $155.00, only 45 guests will have an opportunity to try a delicious five-course prix fixe menu by corporate executive chef Ben Heaton with back vintage Chateau Musar wine pairings. Dinner reservations are for 7PM and tickets are available through the restaurant.
  • A special dinner at the Italian-inspired FIGO (295 Adelaide Street West) hosted by Prince Edward County’s very own mother-daughter duo from Grange of Prince Edward on Tuesday May 7th . Compelling conversation and story telling will be complimented by refreshing VQA wines and chef Ben Heaton’s four-course prix fixe menu. A perfect way to celebrate mom, the event starts at 7PM and tickets are available for $85.
  • Back by popular demand, Patria’s (478 King Street West) paella party will be hitting the streets of King West this summer with personal size paella’s available for purchase.
  • For the first time ever, an intimate group of guests will have the opportunity to make their own croissants at French Made inside the Bisha Hotel (80 Blue Jays Way). Dates and further details for these events to be announced soon!

 

To learn more about ICONINK and its restaurants, head to www.iconink.com

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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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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