The Ritz Carlton
Just steps away from landmark locations such as the Design Exchange, CN Tower and Toronto's theatres and restaurants, this hotel enjoys an excellent location. The many facilities include a Clarins spa, TOCA by Oliver Glowick restaurant (which boasts its own cheese and wine cave), a bar, and a lounge offering views of Simcoe Park and the CN Tower. Although the hotel is part of a worldwide luxury brand, it has gone to some lengths to create a Canadian décor and feel: the lobby is all natural native woods, with maple leaf designs embedded in the marble floor and pieces by contemporary Canadian artists.
There are just under 270 rooms; guests either stay in a Luxury Deluxe Guest Room (with city views) or a suite, of which there are several types. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, and beds furnished with fine linens. The marble bathrooms have a separate rain-shower, and an unexpected quirk: a flat-panel TV located in the vanity mirror. Rooms also include free Wi-Fi, complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water, a safe, and sleek anigre wood furnishings.
Some suites have views over Lake Ontario and have access to the Club Lounge — a hotel-within-a-hotel — which offers a continental breakfast, light snacks, hors d'oeuvres and alcoholic beverages throughout the day.
Skirting the city’s financial district, this property sits squarely between the concert halls and performance venues of the city’s entertainment district. It’s neatly sandwiched between two green spaces: David Pecaut Square on one side and Simcoe Park on the harbourside. The CN Tower and the waterfront are within easy walking distance, as are the restaurants and bars of King Street West.
Food and Drink
This has to be one of the best hotels in Toronto for in-house food and drink options. The coffee bar located just off the lobby serves home-baked pastries in the morning, transforming into a bar serving Peruvian-style ceviche tapas in the evening. The popular outdoor DEQ Terrace & Lounge serves afternoon tea and cocktails and is ideal if you fancy sampling Toronto’s patio culture. Frozen rosé (‘frozé’) is a signature drink here. Inside, there’s TOCA restaurant, a fine dining establishment serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and priding itself on its seasonal menus; it also offers a chef’s table experience and a private dining space. For breakfast, we can particularly recommend the sumptuous pain perdu-style banana bread with candied nuts and maple syrup.
Luxury Deluxe Guest Rooms can be made into connecting rooms, and for even more space there’s the option to connect them to a Corner Suite. Corner suites also have pull-out sofas and seating areas. Cribs are available upon request. Facilities-wise, at weekends the hotel sets up a candy station in its lobby, and children’s breakfast menus are available in TOCA restaurant.
Facilities and Activities
The hotel is particularly proud of its cheese and wine cave within TOCA, and guests can take part in tastings and samplings. But the real star facilities-wise is the indoor hotel pool and spa area. The lap pool is flooded with natural light as it overlooks Simcoe Park, and has a Jacuzzi and several recliners. The Clarins spa offers a roster of treatments including the chance to create tailor-made skincare products. There’s a well-equipped gym, and a yoga teacher and personal trainer are available on request; at the other end of the scale, there’s a relaxation lounge where you can do little more than snooze away on soft daybeds.
Walk-in showers are par for the course in all rooms and the hotel is accessed directly at ground level, without steps.
A stylish, luxury hotel with outstanding service and facilities located in Toronto's desirable Entertainment District. It has many desirable amenities, but its sumptuous spa is perhaps reason alone to visit: it’s a real refuge in the heart of the city.
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