TORONTO — The new BeSixFifty hotel opens today in Toronto’s downtown core. The building occupied by the former Bay Street Motel has received a top-to-bottom makeover.

Designed by TV personality Robin De Groot, the boutique property features 22 pod-style guestrooms with either single-, double- or queen-sized beds and private en suites. The intimate yet cosy rooms are clean-lined, modern and feature glass showers, mosaic tiles, Lucite furnishings, hardwood floors, custom millwork and upholstered headboards. They also come fully automated. Guests can control the television, heating, lighting, blinds, music and connect to the free Wi-Fi network using the iPads supplied in each room.

The hotel’s 650 Cafe & Bistro is open for early morning coffee and snacks, and serves Mediterranean cuisine for lunch and dinner daily. A new rooftop bar and restaurant is under construction and is slated to open later this year.

Room rates start at $169 per night. For more information, visit

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