Park Hyatt Toronto
The Park Hyatt is surrounded by high-end luxury purveyors like Ferrari & Maserati dealerships, specialty boutiques, and Mortons (one of the best steak houses in the city). It's definitely not a hotel for the budget conscious. You won't likely feel comfortable pulling up in your Hyundai Accent (recently detailed or not), nor will you find a $10 dinner (or lunch, or breakfast) here. It's where you stay when you're swimming in dineros, looking to impress someone, or feeling the need for an indulgent and pampering splurge.
The hotel consists of an absolutely gorgeous front lobby joining two large towers, a decent restaurant on the ground floor, a swanky but small rooftop bar/lounge, and the beautiful Stillwater Spa for nourishing the body and soul.
Walking into my North Tower room, I found the television in my room on, tuned to a muzak-esque slideshow of cliched scenes and sounds... curiously, of Japan. Spacious, and full of typically hard and uncomfortable hotel-style furniture, I made my way to the window. While the view wasn't particularly stunning (mostly blocked by other nearby tall buildings), I was able to see the bustling corner of Bloor and Avenue. That's when I noticed my deliciously salty and sweet welcome gift sitting delicately on the table - spears of honeydew and cantaloupe with prosciutto.
The bed, classic in style and covered in large fluffy pillows, provided a very comfortable sleep. The washroom provided all the needs one would expect from a high-end hotel - designer soaps with flax seeds and herbal shampoos, a luffa sponge, a cozy bathrobe and slippers, and a phone within reach of the toilet (oh yeah!).
In a word - impeccable. Staff are efficient, courteous, timely, and not overbearing. Wake-up calls come with optional weather forecast, the Globe & Mail is delivered for morning reading, and wifi and traditional ethernet are available at no extra cost. One disappointing discovery was that there was no coffee maker in the room. Be warned groggy morning risers - you'll either have to put on some clothes and head down to the lobby for complimentary coffee, or call on pricey room service to bring you a cuppa morning brew.
One thing worth noting was how incredibly stocked the Park Hyatt bar fridge was. Wines, beers, champagne, several liquors and liqueurs, and enough mixes (OJ, Red Bull, sodas, V8, etc.) to make just about any cocktail you can think of.
Who stays here?This is one of the best bets in the city for wealthy travelers, business people with reasonably handsome expense accounts, celebrities in town for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and tourists and locals looking to treat themselves to a night of luxurious spicing-it-up.
During my stay, I didn't eat at Annona, instead opting to check out the The Rooftop Lounge to take advantage of the terrace seating and take in the lovely panoramic view of the city skyline at night. The bar menu was decent. My burger and fries weren't particularly earth-shattering for the price, and drinks aren't cheap either - so drink slowly and take in the scenery and cool factor, because that's what you're paying for.