Four Seasons Toronto

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Address: 21 Avenue Road, Toronto, M5R 2G1, Canada

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.3

Luxurious grande dame, perched on an affluent block of upscale shopping district Yorkville.

The luxe, 380-room Four Seasons has held court over Toronto’s upscale hotel scene. Presiding over glitzy Yorkville, the 32-storey tower offers an expensively muted take on five star chic – most of the time. For the few weeks in September when Toronto International Film Festival bursts onto the horizon, the Four Seasons is a blur of activity with A-listers coming and going at all hours, fans camped out outside and paparazzi going into a frenzy every time anyone so much as moves a curtain.

Location
4.7
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.5
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4
90%

Location

The cream and taupe-hued monolith sits just a few feet north of the intersection of shopping street Bloor and busy University — home to two of the city’s prime must-see museums, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardiner Museum. The quirky Bata Shoe Museum is just a few hundred feet west. There’s a subway station on University, right at the side door to the ROM, which links to downtown’s Union Station (about a 10-minute ride south) and connects to the Bloor line which stripes across the city from east to west.

Bedrooms

Bedrooms vary in size dramatically, ranging from roomy to vast. The first time I stayed here, I was given one of their gargantuan suites and only discovered on my last day that there was another entire bathroom through a door I had thought led to a closet. There are 151 suites and the corner ones have lovely balconies with views of the city and, if you can snag a south-facing one higher up the tower, amazing views of Lake Ontario. The rooms are understatedly luxurious with cushy armchairs and incredibly comfortable beds.

Public areas

There are public areas throughout the hotel, but the most noticeable, of course, is the grand lobby with its bank of reception desks and flower arrangements so enormous that George Clooney, Brad Pitt and their combined entourages could (and do) hide behind them during film festival weeks. There’s free WiFi for guests.

Eating and drinking

The tasteful Studio Cafe upstairs (very popular for Sunday brunch) serves American-Mediterranean food with a Canadian twist (maple adorns a lot of dishes) and is particularly popular with the well-heeled Jewish community from the neighbourhood on account of its separate kosher kitchen. There's also a casual lobby bar and more upscale lounge.

Leisure facilities

There's an excellent spa and health club on the third floor with up-to-the-minute equipment, plus heated pool, whirlpool and sauna.

Service

There's five-star service, polite, efficient but personable. A gaggle of about half a dozen liveried doormen dive for the doors every time you leave or arrive.

Who stays there

Although most of the hotel's guests are businesspeople (as you'll see in the Health Club in the mornings), it's the older leisure crowd that's most obvious in the restaurant and lobby. The hotel is a popular place for Ontario families to celebrate special occasions.

Price advice

There are usually good deals for weekend stays.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Travellers with pets
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent dining
  • Great location
  • Some rooms feel a tiny bit tired
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