Toronto is booming! We can see this cultural renaissance throughout the city via the cranes in the sky building a record number of condos for the eager beavers looking to invest and move themselves in. With money comes spending power and locals are keen to eat out at the always evolving dining scene where every other day a new eatery is opening its doors. Lovers of the arts rejoice as notable architects have erected stunning spaces at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, TIFF Bell Lightbox and Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Perhaps the most obvious evidence of T.O’s razzle dazzle is the quick growth of offerings in the luxury hotel space.
So I’ve set myself out on a mission: To experience Toronto’s Top Hotel Suites. These are the creme de la creme of hotel rooms offering unique luxury and boutique experiences fit for a King. I’ll be updating this list over time as I have an opportunity to visit the cities plethora of properties: from our favourite international brands to the quirkiest petite boutique offerings.
If you have any favourites feel free to drop them in the comments section below!
The Library Penthouse Suite at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel
The SoHo Metropolitan is a 92-room ultra-luxury hotel located on Wellington Street in Toronto’s vibrant Entertainment District. Situated in a lavish condominium complex, the SoHo Met features panoramic views of downtown via floor-to-ceiling windows; a sleek contemporary lobby graced by Chihuly art; chic luxury suites and a state-of-the-art gym. Spacious rooms average 600 sq ft with separate dressing area, oversized closets and windows that open to encourage a fresh breeze. Features include Frette linens and towels, Molton Brown bath amenities, European natural duvets and heated bathroom floors. During my stay I loitered in luxury at the hotels double-decker Library Penthouse.The first floor of the suite includes petite bathroom and living room area featuring vintage bookshelf, open concept bar and jaw dropping views of the CN Tower, CBC Building and Hotel Le Germain. A quick prance up the stairs and you’ll find a plush king sized bed, wee work station and glitzy bathroom where oversized tub (with a TV for shame!) and windowed shower offer a quiet calm from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The hotel is getting plenty of buzz for its two new restaurant concepts. Hollywood stud Mark Wahlberg announced his family’s Boston based Wahlburgers concept would be launching in 2014 during a lavish party at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival while this Spring local celebrity Chef Susur Lee launched his take on Nouvelle Chinoise via Luckee Restaurant and Bar. Guests keen to sleep in while they sip and nibble their way through breakfast from the comfort of their room can order off the petite Senses Cafe menu. Plop yourself on the couch in the library and start your morning with a hearty plate of eggs over easy, roasted potatoes, toast and crispy bacon while sipping on a frothy latte. Those with a craving for sweets will meet their match via fluffy pancakes topped with caramelized banana, strawberries, berry compote and thick maple syrup.
The Fazioli Suite at The Shangri-La
The Shangri-La at University Avenue and Adelaide is an urban oasis. The hotel’s premier “room with a view” is The Fazioli Suite which measures 630 sq ft and is filled with piano-centric decor that pays tribute to its name. The stunning room features two bathrooms covered in white marble, heated floors, Bvlgari pampering products, stunning views overlooking University Avenue via floor to ceiling windows, walk in closet, spacious lounge, deep soaking tub with comfort jets and two LCD flatscreen televisions.
Guest rooms are outfitted with iPad’s which make ordering In-Room-Dining a breeze. The hotel’s Bosk kitchen offers plump ricotta and leek agnoletti which pairs nicely with a glass of Blue Mountain bubbly from British Columbia. At the Shang T.O. guests have an opportunity to experience classic Asian hospitality while sipping and nibbling their way through a locally inspired food and drink program.
The Apartment Suite at Hotel Le Germain
The Hotel Le Germain located south of King Street at John is a much adored luxury boutique property in the heart of the city. Their Apartment Suite certainly wows with its 1350 sq ft, two story layout and spacious patio with views of the CN Tower above and Second City below. The Germain Apartment Suite is the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion or host a party as guests have ample room on the main floor to sit by the fire, nibble at the dining table or tan on the terrace. A fully equipped kitchen makes catering a breeze. The bathroom is outfitted with Aveda pampering products and double vanity with separate bathtub and shower.
In room dining is offered up by the culinary team at the hotels fine dining concept, Victor. The Toronto Tasting Menu offers a playful edible adventure through the cities ethnic neighbourhoods. During my visit I sampled Little India butter chicken pate with yellow chutney and a Kensington Market Moroccan Lamb with chickpeas and chermoula.
Deluxe Suite at Trump Hotel
The Trump Hotel is located in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District on Bay Street at Adelaide. The Trump Deluxe Suite features nine foot ceilings, king sized bed, European style wet bar, spacious living room area featuring a coffee table book featuring Ivanka, oversized windows overlooking the city, LCD TV built into bathroom mirror, Italian Bellino linen and 40 inch LCD flat-screen HDTV.
Guests who wish to eat dinner by their bed can order off the exceptional menu from the hotel’s Stock Restaurant and Bar. Highlights include a mammoth margarita and tender steak which pairs perfectly with roasted wild mushrooms. Be sure to order a bottle of the hotel’s signature label vino produced by local winemaker Vineland Estates. A perfect gift or keepsake to enjoy once you get back home.
The Ritz Suite at the Ritz Carlton
The Ritz Carlton is located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District literally a hop, skip and a jump from Roy Thompson Hall, TIFF Bell Lightbox and the iconic CN Tower. A tour of the Ritz Carlton Suite most certainly forces ones jaw to drop. This 2,415 sq ft room with a view features a king sized bed, wood flooring with area rugs, rich African anigre wood millwork, floor to ceiling windows, dining room with adjacent pantry and full service kitchen, relaxing work study, fitness area, 42 inch LCD flat panel HDTV, handcrafted 400 thread count Frette bed linen, Bose 3.2.1 entertainment surround system, walk in closet, expansive luxury bathroom with stand alone soaker tub and Portuguese Estremoz marble and of course, heated stone floors.
Guests keen to sip and nibble from the comfort of their suite can easily adventure through the culinary creations from the hotel’s Toca kitchen. The In-Room-Dining menu offers a thoughtful offering to please every palate. Children (or grownups looking for a comfort fix) can snack on lux Mac and Cheese, the health conscious rejoice while savouring a fresh salad selection and mezze platter while those looking to indulge can cozy up to a beastly burger while finishing their feast with The Ritz Signature Chocolate Cake.
Junior Suite at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre
The Intercontinental Toronto Centre is located smack dab in the centre of town a quick hop, skip and a jump from Union Station. The Intercon is known for offering affordable luxury and jaw dropping views of The CN Tower, Rogers Centre and Lake Ontario. The boutique design team at Chapi Chapo have been hard at work developing a new signature style for the hotels signature suites. These new intimately urban “rooms with a view” offer plush luxury bedding, a 42″ flat screen tv duo, pampering products by Agraria San Francisco, Herringbone patterned fabrics, extended octagon lavender glass desk tops, ergonomic mesh back desk chair with roaming chrome legs and a glamorous lavender taupe velour-backed chaise which sits in front of floor to ceiling windows offering guests a perfect spot to sit back and relax while watching the Toronto skyline take on a new life.
Guests keen to sleep in while they sip and nibble their way through breakfast from the comfort of their suite can order from Azure’s top notch early bird offerings. There really is nothing better than pulling back the curtains to watch the sun rise over the Toronto Islands while sitting in a comfy white bathrobe and sipping on a foamy latte and freshly squeezed OJ mimosa. Highlights from Azure’s breakfast offerings include Wellington County Fillet Mignon topped with grilled portobello mushroom, classic eggs benedict and maple syrup drenched cinnamon bun french toast.