A five-storey, 600,000 cubic feet industrial space is transformed for this walkthrough exhibit.
Finding a hotel in a big city can be a hassle, and in Toronto it can be a huge task. There are almost too many options to choose from and that can make the decision difficult. So, for all you new and seasoned travellers, we’ve compiled a list of the best hotels in Toronto, ranging from budget-friendly to luxury.
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Designed to resemble a bottle of champagne and bubbling over with works by Canadian artists, this 46-storey hotel is full of surprises. The light-filled lobby features a soaring glass entryway and fun pops of colour in the lemon and violet seating areas, and the 567 tastefully decorated guest rooms and 16 extended-stay suites offer expansive views of downtown or Lake Ontario. The hotel also boasts the award-winning SOCO Kitchen + Bar and a perfect location: the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and Rogers Centre are mere steps away. In winter, guests will enjoy the indoor walkways that connect the hotel to PATH— 30 kilometres of underground shopping and access to the subway. —Debra Smith
Four Seasons relocated its flagship property in 2012 with the opening of a 259-room high-rise in Yorkville. The interior palette of light wood and beige textiles provides a sleek backdrop to more than 1,700 showy art pieces that decorate the hotel, all by Canadians and curated by art consultant James Robertson. The lobby, for instance, houses large-scale wood and porcelain dandelion sculptures, hanging above reception, by Torontonian Alissa Coe. Meanwhile, the 24-hour gym and the 2,787-square-metre spa (the largest in the city, with 17 spacious treatment rooms) are dressed up in a stunning installation of gilded porcelain coral by Quebec artist Pascale Girardin. —Chadner Navarro
Located in a 1914-built property that was once the head office of The Dominion Bank, this 300-suite hotel melds bygone grandeur with modern comfort. The historic suites in the original building and the contemporary suites in the 51-storey addition feature stylish furniture, streamlined kitchens and large HDTVs.
Along with in-room dining (including treats available until 6 a.m.), there’s Teller’s Bar & Lounge. Try its artisanal pizzas and maple-candied bacon served on a mini clothesline.
Good to know: Directly access the subway and Union Station through the city’s PATH walkway system—a bonus when taking the UP Express to and from Pearson Airport.
Nearby: Shop the mall at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre, the design stores along King Street East, and the boutiques and eateries in the Distillery Historic District. —Christy Wright
The Ritz-Carlton’s signature restaurant, TOCA, is among the best fine-dining options in town, with an impressive glass-walled cheese cave as a focal point. Pairing options are endless between the collection of three-dozen local and international cheeses and 400 different bottles of wine. The hotel also offers its guests exclusive experiences at Niagara wineries, such as picking and stomping grapes at Flat Rock Cellars during the fall harvest, sampling from small batch barrels at Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery or learning about organic and biodynamic wine production on a behind-the-scenes tour at Tawse Winery. Back at the hotel, indulge with a signature facial at Spa My Blend by Clarins. —Amber Gibson
Bonus: This hotel is the perfect home base for a day trip to Niagara’s wine country, which is about an hour’s drive from downtown Toronto.
Located at the corner of Adelaide and Bay streets in the Financial District, this 65-storey building is a mix of private residences and hotel accommodations. The hotel occupies the 11th to 31st floors of the building, with 258 large guestrooms, including 124 suites. Options range from luxe single rooms to two-bedroom suites. Louix Louis, located on the 31st floor, offers an impressive menu of American and French inspired dishes, such as the 13-layer, chocolate-drenched The King’s Cake.
Good to know: Be sure to visit the Astor Lounge at 5 p.m. to witness the daily sabering of a bottle of champagne, and then enjoy a glass of bubbles with your fellow guests.
During baseball season, the Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel may just be one of the best places to stay because it’s directly attached to the Rogers Centre—home of the Toronto Blue Jays—and is the only hotel in the world located right inside a major league stadium. But the real power-hitter is that 70 of the 348 larger-than-normal guest rooms (including nine two-level suites) look right out onto the field.
Nowhere else can you get out of bed, slide open your full-length window and watch the Jays’ closed-to-the-public morning practice. Come game time, order in some food and watch the action from the comfort of your suite or head to the hotel’s Sports Net Grill, which also overlooks the field. (Reservations required on game days).
Nearby: Take a tour of the Steam Whistle brewery, set in a historic locomotive roundhouse, and don’t leave without tasting its award-winning Pilsner. —John McGrath
Elegant and luxurious, this 1927 neogothic building was completely rebuilt in 1999, with 28 suites that have hosted royalty, movie stars and heads of state. All of the intricately designed suites feature crown-moulding, custom drapery and Jacuzzi tubs. There is also a personal butler service and 24-hour room service. Enjoy lunch, dinner or bar snacks at The Gatsby (the peanut-dusted chicken pops are a must), or take high tea by the re in the lavish purple tea room.
Good to know: The light-filled spa, with killer views of the city, has a heated saltwater pool, a healing salt cave and a full-service gym. Treatments for men include a sport pedicure.
Nearby: The high-end shops of Yorkville and Bloor Street, along with the recently opened food emporium Eataly (the first in Canada), are steps away from the hotel. —Christy Wright