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The top 5 hotel lobbies to work or study in Toronto

Toronto hotel lobbies are typically beautiful spaces that tend to be ignored by residents with little reason to use them, but for those of us who find ourselves needing to do a little bit of work on the fly, they're surprisingly welcoming. Anonymity is the key for this semi-covert activity, which many bigger spaces provide so long as you look like you belong.

Here are my picks for the top hotel lobbies to work or study in Toronto

Sheraton Centre
It's unlikely you'll ever get hassled at the sprawling lobby at the Sheraton Centre. There's ample seating and a bustling atmosphere that allows you to blend in with the crowd easily. It's also integrated with the PATH system.

The Royal York
The stately Royal York offers numerous areas to camp out for a bit in a stunning setting. Given its sheer size, the ground floor and the mezzanine at the hotel are ideal for those looking to kill some time without the annoyance of having to interact with hotel staff.

One King West
The location of the check-in desk and the general busyness of the space makes it a cinch to stride in and take a seat without appearing out of place. Located in the heritage section of the building, it's also a particularly nice place to take a breather.

Shangri-La
The Shangri-La's lobby is a modern space with plenty of room to hang out, whether you're staying at the hotel or not. Here you're typically in view of the check-in staff, but when the place is busy - which is quite often - it's easy enough to pose as someone staying at the hotel or awaiting an important meeting with someone who is.

The King Edward
This is another of Toronto's old-guard hotels where the high-ceilinged lobby makes an ideal place to spend some time soaking up Toronto's history while catching up on email or just playing the role of a tired flaneur. Your best bet here is to take a few photos of the majestic space before plopping down for a rest. You'll blend right in with all the other tourists.

What did I miss? Add your suggestions in the comments.

Photo of the lobby at The Sheraton.


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