This boutique hotel in Toronto's downtown core has just 27 guest rooms, maintaining an intimacy that is rare in the core of the city. Suites and lofts are furnished in a modern minimalist style with teak floors, neutral colours and generous floor-to-ceiling windows. Japanese-inspired beds sit low to the ground on platforms. Mattresses are organic and the custom-designed linens are hypoallergenic, which is perfect in a city that has a high fresh-squeezed juice to person ratio. Soaker tubs come equipped with double-shower heads and no shower door. Bring your body confidence and a romantic partner and you are good to go.
Open in late 2014, the Delta Toronto is one of Toronto's newest luxury hotels, but it isn't just for swanky business travellers. With affordable rooms, there are modern features and nearby attractions that are emphasized by the courteous and knowledgeable staff. The TIFF Bell Lightbox is a mere 10-minute walking distance from the Delta and the Rogers Centre only 5 minutes away. The 46 floors with 567 guest rooms offer more opportunities to secure a last-minute booking with a view of the sparkling downtown skyline. Stylishly in the heart of the booming South Core neighbourhood of Toronto, this hotel is the perfect hub for any of your downtown activities.
There is a whimsical look to the Shangri-La that warrants a second glance, even amidst the commotion of the busy location. University and King is one of the hubs of activity in Toronto and the Shangri-La keeps up, making their attention to detail appear effortless. Expect luxurious classiness at every corner, with everything from high tea to a Turkish fitness centre available onsite. The Shangri-La is excellent at providing top-notch service, such as nightly live music in the lobby to decadent chocolates in your room. If you think that you can get used to opulence (and you have the wallet to provide it), the Shangri-La is the Toronto hotel for you.
The Hyatt Regency in Toronto is ideally located in the vibrant downtown core. The 394 guestrooms and 32 suites are newly renovated. If you want to splurge, there is a VIP floor, but all rooms have VIP flavour with soft bedding, spa-inspired bath products and massaging showerheads. Weather permitting, enjoy the heated rooftop pool which gives a spectacular view of Toronto. The 24-hour fitness centre has state-of-the-art equipment with integrated LCD screens so that you can catch up on sports while moving your body. The breakfast buffet at King Street Social Kitchen goes above and beyond the standard continental expectations. Kids 12 and under eat free.
The first Toronto entry from this luxury global hotel chain offers guests an ideal base to explore the city's downtown core. Both residents and hotel guests at the Ritz have access to a wealth of luxurious amenities. The fifth-floor spa and fitness centre offer body treatments and training sessions, yoga, as well as professional hair and makeup services. A lap pool is surrounded by views of the city. The menu at TOCA draws from Canada's bounty, from Quebec foie gras to Alberta bison, served in a dining room rich with dark wood accents. Guests can retreat to spacious rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, heated floors and spa bathrooms. For even more luxury, club-level guests have access to a lounge where complimentary food and beverages are offered throughout the day.
The historic Fairmont Royal York dates back to 1929 and was the place to stay during the golden age of railway travel. Conveniently located across the street from Toronto's Union Station, times may have changed, but the deluxe accommodations of the Royal York remain in tact, with classic charm expressed in everything from rooms to a sprawling lobby. You half expect to see top hats and cigars, but things have been modernized with details like a state-of-the-art business centre and meeting rooms, to a fitness facility and indoor pool. Spend some time checking out the photo exhibit on the mezzanine level, which reveals the hotel's fascinating history. Have afternoon tea in the Library Bar, a Toronto tradition since 1929. And make sure to visit the rooftop herb and vegetable gardens and apiary, which houses 350,000 bees and produces honey used in the hotel's dining facilities.
The SoHo Metropolitan stands out in a sea of downtown Toronto hotels, offering unique and upscale touches since its 2003 opening. The contemporary-designed rooms feature marble bathrooms with heated floors that work wonderfully in the deep freeze of winter. Hands free devices extend to remote-controlled curtains and lighting, making your stay as stress free as possible. If stress pervades, visit the onsite spa, or refresh in the indoor pool and whirlpool. While the SoHo Metropolitan is just a hop, skip and jump away from some of Toronto's best dining options, you don't have to go far, with award winning chef Susur Lee's restaurant Luckee just at the base of the hotel.
Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square is the ideal location for sports fans visiting Toronto. Located steps from the Air Canada Centre, the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre, this hotel provides easy walking distance to a number of Toronto sights. The design plays with natural elements by providing large windows in each of the 167 rooms and wood and stone touches throughout the hotel. The hotel capitalizes on its sports-heavy location with large screens in the lobby bar. Continental breakfast is served in the MVP Zone and meeting and event spaces have names like the Penalty Box. Maple Leaf Square, the complex in which the hotel is located, is home to e11even, one of Toronto's better wine bars. Stop in for a bite from their comfort food-inspired menu and make a selection from their 3200-bottle wine cellar.
The InterContinental Centre is a gorgeous piece of hotel real estate that will allow you to be close to the Theatre District as well as the shopping and restaurants on King Street West. The grand lobby is designed to wow and will set the tone for your luxurious stay. The spacious rooms are fresh and modern with soft bed linens and decor in neutral colours that provide soothing ambience. Many of the rooms boast stunning city views, with the CN Tower working as the world's largest nightlight. There is also an excellent day spa and the elegant Azure restaurant, which serves contemporary Canadian cuisine.
If you like your baseball up-close and personal and you plan on seeing a Major League Baseball game, you must stay at the Marriott City Centre Hotel. The hotel was built into the Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome), North America's first stadium with a motorized, fully retractable roof and home to the Toronto Blue Jays. Of the hotel's 348 rooms, 70 feature large opening windows that overlook the playing field at Rogers Centre, giving guests a bird's eye view of the game or concert taking place below (remember that they can see you too, so be careful about walking around naked). Due to the convenient location, several Blue Jays players live in the hotel during the baseball season. Keep your own health up with the attached gym and indoor pool. Two must-see Toronto attractions, the CN Tower and St. John Roundhouse/Steamwhistle Brewery are located just steps from the hotel.