The Hazelton Hotel

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Address: 118 Yorkville Avenue, , Toronto, M5R 1C2, Canada

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.9

Glossy, stylish and celebrity-adored, this is a boutique 5-star with serious star power.

Toronto’s ultimate five star hotel, The Hazelton has checked all the luxe boxes for me since it opened in 2007. Location, a discreet half block off ritzy Avenue Road, check. Incredible celebrity chef-helmed restaurant, check. Exceptional rooms, check. Impeccable service, check. Hefty price tag, check.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.6
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

Perfect: in the heart of Midtown’s ritzy Yorkville, but subtly tucked half a block away from Avenue Road and busy Bloor, designer boutiques and stellar restaurants await within a couple of hundred yards.

Bedrooms

Not even the tiniest detail has been overlooked in the 62 bedrooms and 15 suites. I love the high tech features in-room, from the electronic Do Not Disturb options — you don’t have to peek out, half-dressed, and wrestle with a cardboard sign here — to those toasty heated granite floors, TV in the mirror and separate rainshower in the bathroom. The Yabu Pushelberg design treads a confident path, keeping things hip enough to attract the younger, stylish set , yet traditional enough to keep the old school, well-heeled crowd trotting in.

Public areas

Dramatic art and equally eye-catching floral displays are splashed among the understated mocha, gold and champagne hues of the big cushy couches, slick leather upright armchairs and mirrored screens.

Eating and drinking

Acclaimed Canadian TV chef Mark McEwan’s ONE Restaurant is a see-and-be-seen spot, although with the fashionably faint lighting, it’s often hard to see much beyond your own table. The bar is very much an A-list haunt. I’ve seen more than a few people whose albums I’ve bought perched here with pricey cocktail in hand.

Leisure facilities

As you’d expect, everything in the gym is top-of-the-range. The long narrow lap pool is rather slim, but the gorgeous mosaic tiled bottom makes me swear to work on my front crawl every time I'm here.

Service

Service is impeccable and concierges are used to the most outrageous requests — an upside of the celebrity and power broker clientele.

Who stays there

Jude Law, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, various Spice Girls plus CEOS and an A-list music world set.

Amenities

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

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Romantic
  • Great shopping location
  • Expensive
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