Ritz-Carlton Toronto

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Address: 181 Wellington Street West, Toronto, M5V 3G7, Canada

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.4

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
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.4
90%
Leisure facilities
4.4
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

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.

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.

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.

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
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent dining
  • Top-notch service
  • Expensive
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