The Best Luxury Hotels in Toronto
The 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 â 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 â all, needless to say, for a bit more than $109.99 per night.
Here is the list of the best luxury hotels in Toronto.
Top photo from the Shangri-La Toronto web site
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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