Ritz-Carlton Toronto

181 Wellington Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5V 3G7

CN Tower view from guestroom

By Aefa Mulholland, your Toronto expert

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#9 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Toronto
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4.5
4.5
Eating/drinking:
4.4
4.4
Public areas:
4.4
4.4
Leisure facilities:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Travellers with pets, Relaxation, Romance, Shopping, Special occasions

Expert review of Ritz-Carlton Toronto

A landmark hotel amidst the city’s landmarks, this shiny new 5-star glows bright.

Discreetly elegant, the Ritz Carlton exudes confidence, from its assured doormen to the expensively elegant flower displays. Even in its first few days open (it opened mid-February 2011), this hotel was up and running.

Location: 

Excellent: in a cluster of hotels and next door to CBC and the Convention Centre, the streetcar stops just across Metro Hall Park, and the subway is three blocks away.

Bedrooms: 

It’s the Ritz-Carlton, so the 267 rooms are as opulent and elegant as you’d expect. They’re also some of the largest rooms in the city, at a minimum of 450 square feet. I found some lower down rooms in this 53-story tower to be a little gloomy during the day, but the rain showers, twice-daily housekeeping and turndown more than easily distracted me from any such quibbles.

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Public areas: 

The lobby is as palatial as I expected, but the building’s modern lines make a nice contrast with the gilt edges of traditional Ritz Carlton style. There’s also a 24-hour business centre, upscale restaurant and bar and bar-patio.

Eating and drinking: 

Homely food stars at restaurant TOCA — if your home has a large staff, exquisite place settings and fantastically wealthy guests, that is. I’m craving another lobster BLT or another few bites of Mill Street Brewery beer-battered lobster and chips. There’s also an enticing-looking bar area and the space I’m most looking forward to this summer — DEQ’s spacious outdoor patio.

Leisure facilities: 

There is a glitzy spa, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, plus well-equipped health club.

Service: 

There were no first-day jitters at this place, Ritz Carlton’s legendary service was in place before they opened the hotel’s doors.

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Who stays there: 

Well-heeled families from Canada and the US Northeast and businesspeople.

Price advice: 

WiFi is complimentary throughout the hotel. Valet parking is a hefty CAD$42 a day.

Pros: 
Top-notch service
Excellent dining
Cons: 
Expensive

More information on Ritz-Carlton Toronto:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
181 Wellington Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5V 3G7
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool

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