The Pearle Hotel & Spa in Burlington, which opened its doors in Fall 2021, is a special place for many reasons, including its incredible design. An airy, light and serene aesthetic parlays a breezy welcome from the stunning lobby and curated-comfort guestrooms through to the inviting restaurant. Peek inside to see why it feels more like a personal retreat than hotel…
Make an Entrance
The stunning lobby of The Pearle Hotel & Spa immediately enthralls and it’s an effect that Designer Alessandro Munge, of Studio Munge, fully intended. “The Pearle was imagined and designed as a soulful, modern Canadian cottage,” he says. Inviting curves and a collection of 36 handblown globe pendants, custom designed by Studio Munge, entice guests to the upper floor. “The curved walls gently lead guests to the greeting desk, while also creating a moment of awe, inviting lounging and respite.”
The guest rooms’ neutral tonal palettes feel fresh while imparting a subtly luxurious depth. Tactile luxuries, like a soft rug underfoot, are sumptuous and lift the space with a bit of pattern and lake-inspired hues.
Home away from Home
“Inspired by memories of a lakeside summer, the rooms are bright and fresh, infused with joyful optimism,” says Alessandro. “They’re very residential in their execution and all of the details, like soft boucle fabrics, light, airy perforated sheers and drapery, bring a sense of home and comfort.” The nuanced palette throughout feels calm and touches of blue reference the lake.
Lakeside Summer Vibes
The design of the guest rooms furthers that found in The Pearle’s public spaces – there is a serene palette and peaceful, quiet architecture that’s punctuated with a bevy of décor ideas. We love the tonal continuity and view into the bath.
Black fixtures feel upscale in the creamy bathrooms. “The tranquil ensuite bathrooms engage the senses,” says Alessandro. “We were inspired by local Algonquin limestone and selected this fabulous, textured, tactile ceramic stone for its emotive qualities, operational resilience and manufacturing sustainability.”
Is there anything more relaxing than the sight of a yawning tub? This placement of it is original and makes it seem more like a spa or grand residence than hotel room. The abundance of fresh towels furthers the spa vibe.
Details abound at the hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant Isabelle, even on the ceiling. “We wanted to respect yet modernize the rustic food concept with whimsical details, like the rods graphically overlapping on the illuminated cove ceiling,” says Alessandro. “They’re sort of a take on the stacked trellis that’s found in luxuriant vegetable gardens.”
Isabelle puts an elevated spin on farm-to-table dining (many of the ingredients come from the hotel’s organic farm in Flamborough, Ont.). The soft white textiles and ceramics are nicely contrasted with pops of leafy and sage greens for a look that is both elegant and easy.
The lakeside Isabelle restaurant combines different finishes in a fresh and unfussy way. “The beautiful transitional architectural details are balanced with unexpected touches like the playful terrazzo floors that contrast the traditional white oak chevron,” says Alessandro. The on-display wine is abundant and welcoming.
Lake House Charm
The design of The Pearle Hotel & Spa is a celebration of its lakeside setting – it is beautiful but also warm and welcoming. Alessandro says, “The design is contemporary Canadiana: modern, yet rooted in Ontario’s heritage through emotive materiality and inviting forms.”