Excellent: on the west side of Avenue, facing the Four Seasons, with upscale shops and restaurants, St. George and Museum subway stations, U of T, and a trio of the city’s best museums all within four minutes walk.
The 346 bedrooms are plush and tastefully cream and beige — Toronto’s upscale hotel colour scheme of choice, and, of course, loaded with perks such as iPod docks, 42 inch TVs and so on. It’s all very tasteful, but manages not to be stuffy. North Tower rooms are a bit nicer and a bit roomier. Whichever tower you’re in, I’d recommend asking for a room away from the elderly elevators — they’re noisy critters.
Dark wood stars in the main public areas, which combined with some of the muted slate grey sofas and high ceilings manages to give something of a funeral pall to more dimly lit areas, in my opinion.
Eating and drinking
A regal colour scheme of gold and cobalt backdrop brunch, lunch and dinner at main restaurant Annona. Morton’s Steakhouse offers handsome plates of steak to a suit-wearing crowd. A kosher kitchen caters to the area’s Jewish community. At night, the rooftop lounge lures guests and local socialites to the 18th floor. I like the rooftop lounge balcony during the day, when you can get fresh air and fantastic city and lake Ontario views, without all those distracting beautiful people in the way.
A top-rated, award-winning spa with 17 treatment rooms, couples’ massage room, tea lounge, Jacuzzi and sauna are on hand, but there’s no pool. It’s popular as a day spa, as well as with honeymooning guests. The gym is excellent.
Impeccable: the service stands out above everything else here.
Who stays there
Business travellers cutting back on the old 5-star budget, couples and honeymooners.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Close to museums