Heading to Toronto? Or maybe you just need a good staycation. Hotels in Toronto, especially downtown, are abundant. Of course, the service and location are at the top of the list when deciding what luxury hotel to stay at. But I also like to look at the small things. The attention-to-detail and the subtle elevations that raise the bar on hospitality. Staying at the top of your game can be tough in this competitive city. And choosing the right fit can be a challenge.
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Here are my top picks for the best hotels in Toronto
The Ritz-Carlton Toronto
Anytime people talk about the Ritz-Carlton, the first thing mentioned in the conversation is usually the impeccable service. I would tend to agree. Probably the reason why this is such an iconic hotel and first choice for most major sports teams visiting Toronto. However, in this particular property there’s a few gems that are worth mentioning. One is the new, highly anticipated back patio, which is currently under renovations. A brand new concept awaits and will sit on a beautiful courtyard backdrop with a guaranteed enchanting afternoon vibe. The hotel has recently updated their Club Level rooms, lounge and Spa My Blend by Clarins that offers a truly personalized experience.
The Fairmont Royal York
An iconic hotel property in Toronto and one of the largest downtown, the Fairmont Royal York has recently renovated their stunning, oversized lobby boasting an intoxicating energy like no other. Connected to Union and the PATH, the Fairmont Royal York is one of the best locations downtown, especially if you are visiting Toronto and need to get around quickly and conveniently. The best time to visit the Fairmont Royal York though, without a doubt, is during the holiday season where you can take endless portraits next to the awe-inspiring lobby Christmas Tree.
Boasting the best skyline views of Toronto, the Islands and Lake Ontario, Hotel X is one of my favourite places to stay in the city. The rooftop pool is an absolute gem and is open year-round. Their service and food, although took a while to catch up to the Library Collection standards that we’re used to, recent updates and partnerships has really elevated the whole experience. And with the only Guerlain Spa in Canada, the hotel is a must, must try in Toronto. If not the hotel, pamper yourself at the world-renowned Spa or book a room just to lounge by the rooftop pool. And if you’re into any sort of fitness activities, the 10X fitness centre will absolutely blow your mind.
St. Regis Hotel
Previously known as Trump International, the St. Regis took over and renovated this prime location in recent years. I had the opportunity to check it out right after the renos, where the experience was enjoyable overall. St Regis is known for going that little extra mile when it comes to white glove service, where your very own “butler”, as they call it, will pack your things upon departure for example. They hold true to their esteemed heritage with a sunset ‘Evening Ritual’ sabrage ceremony while contemporary jazz vibrantly plays in the background. My favourite part of the hotel is the extravagant Louix Louis Grand Bar & Restaurant, with a vibe that is simply enchanting.
The Four Seasons Toronto
I don’t think any hotel list can be complete without The Four Seasons Hotel. This iconic and elite hotel group stands in a league of their own. The hallmark of true luxury, the Four Seasons has been awarded the most 5-star ratings in a single year on more than one occasion. You see it in every city they’re in, with an obvious presence in the city skyline, The Four Seasons Toronto is no different. Located in Yorkville, with renowned dining experiences from Michelin-Star Chef Daniel Boulud and one of Toronto’s best spa experiences, the vibe truly captures the luxury and essence of Toronto grandeur.
Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
If you’re a Toronto local, chances are you’ve experienced the romantic ambiance of Thursday night live music at the Shangri-La Toronto. It’s definitely a vibe. I highly recommend checking it out (great way to impress a date) and for anyone just visiting Toronto, it’s a great place to have a pre-night cocktail on your way to an Opera performance. With Asian inspired design and influence throughout, you’ll get pampered from head to toe here at the Shangri-La. From the Penthouse Suite hosting your very own balcony jacuzzi with a view to die for to the luxurious Mirage Hammam Spa that takes you on a mystical journey.
Le Germain Hotel
You would never know it, but Le Germain Hotel on Mercer, attracts some of the world’s A-list celebrities. This luxurious, boutique hotel is an urban oasis tucked on a small, bustling street in the heart of the entertainment district. There’s a calm and relaxing vibe to this hotel that you feel the moment you walk into the elegant, sophisticated lobby. Not to be confused with it’s newer, flashier sister property at Maple Leaf Square, people stay at this hotel for the subtle opulence. Till this day, the hotel has one of my favourite hotel room designs and is perfect for a romantic staycation with that special person (you’ll understand why when you stay here).
The Hazelton Hotel
Voted as the #1 hotel in Toronto by TripAdvisor, the Hazelton Hotel draws us all in with its elegant charm. Located in Yorkville, one of my favourite neighborhoods in Downtown Toronto, is the epitome of boutique and luxury. Rejuvenate and relax in the newly renovated Valmont Spa or dine at Celebrity Chef Mark McEwan’s flagship restaurant, ONE, on their vibrant perfect-for-people-watching patio overlooking Yorkville Ave.
The Omni King Edward Hotel
Said to be Canada’s oldest luxury hotel, now known as the The Omni King Edward Hotel. Opening up in 1903 for a cool $6 Million while boasting about luxurious features like electricity and telephones. Now fresh off a $40 million dollar renovation, “the king eddy” still holds its historic roots, while adopting new modern twists and features like the improved Mokara Spa & Salon that includes facial & body treatments, bridal packages as well as rejuvenation packages for the men.
The Park Hyatt Toronto
Directly across from the ROM, absorbing some of Toronto’s artsy meets ritzy vibes, the new and improved Park Hyatt Toronto is nestled on the edge of Yorkville. Set to open its doors in late 2021, the hotel will be eager to show off their complete overhaul that’s been almost 4 years in the making now. Once encompassing an iconic, but ‘hidden gem’ rooftop bar vibe with cityscape views like no other and the infamous Stillwater spa, we can’t wait to see what this property has in store for us. Check back in for updates around October 2021.