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Falling asleep in church has never been more stylish
The Smith Hotel in Kingston, Ont. transforms a historic church basement into a luxury boutique getaway, offering guests a one-of-a-kind experience.
Boasting 10 sleek loft-style suites in the heart of downtown Kingston, The Smith Hotel transforms a historic church basement into a luxury boutique getaway, offering guests a one-of-a-kind experience steeped in première local and Canadian amenities.
“The Smith offers an alternative downtown experience for visitors coming to Kingston to work or explore all the region has to offer,” said Liv Halliday, general manager of The Smith Hotel. “We’re excited to open our doors and share the craftsmanship and intention that has gone into its design.”
At The Smith, guests don’t have to choose between function and beauty. Each stay begins with on-site parking and mobile check-in. As they enter their suite, guests will be met with industrial features like exposed stone, metal beams, and polished concrete floors. In-unit features include custom handmade furniture, flat-screen smart TVs, record players, and Marshall speakers. Open-concept living spaces include fully-equipped kitchens and loft-style bedrooms.
The Smith’s supports local, premium products from nearby and Canadian suppliers. Silk & Snow mattresses and Sangre De Fruta Toiletries will pamper guests as they indulge in the curated mini bar offering a unique snack and beverage selection. Those looking to sample the best from the Kingston region can stock the fridge with groceries and treats from The Grocery Basket before arrival.
When the office calls, travellers can tap into meeting and event spaces upstairs at Sanctuary Coworking.
The project, managed by BPE Group of Companies, is three years in the making, with a particular focus on craftsmanship, sustainability, and supporting local. During its conversion to a hotel, special care was taken to ensure the reuse of existing materials to capture the charm and history of the space.
“Sustainability is a key part of everything we do, and we’re proud to bring new life and new use to this 19th-century heritage limestone building,” said Ben Pilon, owner of BPE Group of Companies.
The space occupied by Smith Hotel was previously used by Queen Street United Church as a teaching space, and more recently served as a fitness facility.