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The Best Luxury Hotels in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / February 25, 2013

luxury hotels torontoThe best luxury hotels in Toronto offer more than just a place to rest your head for the night. These are the places that spoil with lavish suites, grandiose lobbies, and stellar dining options — all of which, of course, come at a premium price. These hotels manage to seduce Toronto's best culinary talents to perform in their dining rooms, and the most sophisticated of visiting guests to take up in their suites — all, needless to say, for a bit more than $109.99 per night.

Here is the list of the best luxury hotels in Toronto.

See also:

The best hotels in Toronto
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Top photo from the Shangri-La Toronto web site

Shangri-La

Shangri-La

Just a baby on Toronto’s luxury hotel scene, Shangri-La has quickly gained esteem as one of “the” gleaming towers of luxury. This 66-storey hotel and condominium at the corner of University and Adelaide delivers posh in the form of silk-clad walls, two tea libraries, and a $5 million Chinese exterior sculpture. The cost of the signature Shangri-La suite for a night is just shy of that price tag. Bonus points that it provides easy access to Momofuku. More »

Ritz Carlton

Ritz Carlton

Bordering on the Financial District, the Ritz Carlton counts its revered DEQ Lounge, its 23,000 square foot Urban Sanctuary and Spa, and its impressive grand foyer as just a few of its bragging rights. Opened back in 2011, one of the 267 hotel rooms at the Ritz will easily cost you $550 per night; that is, unless you spring for the Presidential Suite, which is roughly 11 times that amount. More »

Four Seasons

Four Seasons

Revealing itself anew in October 2012, the contemporary Toronto Four Seasons is 55 storeys of cathedral windows, steak au poivre, and overnight shoe shines. Perfectly located in Yorkville, Four Seasons pampers with its 30,00 square foot spa, and wines and dines esteemed guests with the latest Chef Boulud creations. And just in case that ensuite soaker tub isn’t sufficient, the hotel boasts a thermal “relaxation” pool, too. More »

Hazelton Hotel

Hazelton Hotel

Another Yorkville five-star, but this one has Mark McEwan on its dining roster. Hazelton Hotel is pretty petite compared to the other luxury hotels on this list, but its 62 rooms and 15 opulent suites certainly have no trouble seducing elite Toronto visitors. And yes, “One” by Mark McEwan probably has something to do with it. More »

Trump Toronto

Trump Toronto

While the tower has experienced some woes on the condo real estate end, the hotel side of Trump is still going strong. Rising 65 storeys at Bay and Adelaide, this hotel offers two floors of meeting rooms and event spaces for the refined business traveler, and expansive spa and fitness facilities for the hotel guest of leisure. Rooms start from about $400 to $500 per night. More »

Soho Metropolitan

Soho Metropolitan

Known as the “Soho Met” to frequent flyers, this hotel is perceived as perhaps a little more “hip” than some of the other luxury spots on this list. Straddling the line between boutique and big box luxury hotel, Soho is King West’s answer to marble bathrooms, sedan service, and high-end onsite dining. Electronically controlled curtains are just one Soho bedside perk. More »

One King West

One King West

Reborn in 2006 with a top-to-bottom renovation, this Toronto luxury hotel veteran manages to retain a feeling of old-school sophistication. Blame it on the shell of the former headquarters of the Toronto Dominion Bank. Now offering a rooftop fitness centre, revered Sunday brunch, and the occasional surprisingly low rate, One King West has experienced decades of elegance. More »

Windsor Arms

Windsor Arms

Not just for high tea. The Windsor Arms boasts an old money, brick-and-mortar-type air of sophistication, with a discreet address by Bay and Bloor and suites starting from about $300 per night. The Tea Room is, obviously, a central Windsor Arms feature, but so too is its private screening room, Courtyard Cafe, and Lounge 22 martini bar. More »

Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt

Hosting one of the best rooftop patios in Toronto, the Park Hyatt at Bloor and Avenue Road saw better days when the Toronto International Film Festival was centered around Yorkville. But the hotel still offers some spectacular suites, of course, along with a revered Stillwater Spa, a bicycle valet program, and fine dining at Annona Restaurant. Rooms range in price from $300 to over $4000 per night. More »

Discussion

35 Comments

Sarah / February 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm
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The Germain should be on here too. It's pretty dang nice.
Chris Fraser / February 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm
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Peter Freed has built a tremendous hotel - the Thompson Hotel - a destination point for sure in Toronto West.
PJ / February 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm
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Agree - the Le Germain hotels (either of them) should be on the list. I would put them ahead of 1 King W for sure.
E replying to a comment from Chris Fraser / February 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm
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The Thompson does not even begin to reach the same caliber as these hotels, and definitely does not fit into the luxury category. The staff is rude and unknowledgeable. The clientele is hardly what anyone would term sophisticated or discerning, but rather they are childish sycophants’ intent on spending their parent’s money
Me / February 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm
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I don't know about this. After all, don't most of BlogTO's readers want Hotel rooms that come in under $10 a night?
Prick / February 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm
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1 king west?

hahhaahahhaahahhaah
Cyril Sneer / February 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm
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While I don't otherwise begrudge the rich spending their money on nice things, I've never really understood the appeal of (some) of these insanely over-the-top suits and associated prices, especially if its only for one night.
JP / February 25, 2013 at 01:02 pm
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The Shangri-La also has the best wifi coverage then most hotels. Also they have a Unified Communication system that offers their guests the best user experience.
EC / February 25, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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Stayed at the Four Seasons last month for a conference (even though I live just up the road - ha ha). Probably one of the best hotels I've ever stayed at (and I've stayed in many hotels in Canada and beyond). The staff were amazing and the room was just unbelievable. I hope it holds onto this impeccable reputation well into its existence.
KNau replying to a comment from Cyril Sneer / February 25, 2013 at 01:54 pm
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Usually because someone else is picking up the tab. The rule is: If the company pays, Ritz Carlton; if the person pays, Holiday Inn.
Patronas Hotelicat / February 25, 2013 at 02:06 pm
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The Thompson Hotel is a great place to valet park your Hummer and have a nice 'date' with your escort.
Me replying to a comment from Cyril Sneer / February 25, 2013 at 02:24 pm
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Is your real name Robyn Ulrick?
Bob the builder / February 25, 2013 at 03:17 pm
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isn't 1 king west where the city's 'high end' prostitutes live?
?? / February 25, 2013 at 03:32 pm
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I heard Wade Belak used to hang out at 1 King West,
morad affifi / February 25, 2013 at 05:34 pm
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thompson wasn't even on the list, not sure why you're ripping on it.
Tyler G. / February 25, 2013 at 10:56 pm
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I'm surprised The Templar wasn't mentioned. It's more boutique that the hotels mentioned above, but dang is it ever swanky.
chris / February 26, 2013 at 07:42 am
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I too am surprised The Templar was not mentioned.
Sean / February 26, 2013 at 11:44 am
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You can get 24 hour room service from Mark McEwan's ONE Restaurant if you stay at the Hzaelton. Talk about Lux
Moi / February 26, 2013 at 03:44 pm
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The Windsor Arms? Ba ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaa
That place is so old and run down with a psycho owner!!!!

The only thing 'luxury' about One King West is the 60% occupation from all the hookers/married men
girl / February 27, 2013 at 01:12 am
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thoughts on the fairmont royal york?
MikeB / March 17, 2013 at 08:18 pm
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I am surprised by the 1 King West listing.
I have stayed at 1 King West a number of times for things like New Years, etc, when I don't want to commute back to the suburbs.
I have to say while the suites are nice, it is not one of the top hotels in the city.
The suites have details missing, like you can see the circuit breaker box, etc.
And the common areas are not very high end at all. In fact the whole development has a cheap look to it.
Nice hotel to stay in. But far from one of the top hotels in the city. One of the top coolest buildings maybe, but many other hotels have it beat.
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Best Luxury Hotels / April 9, 2013 at 05:17 am
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Very good service in this hotel.
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