Million-dollar views, marble bathrooms and Mark Wahlberg – this is what you can look forward to when you splash the cash at one of these luxury hotels in Toronto.
Toronto is the undisputed capital of Canada’s corporate, media and retail industries. That might sound boring, but all that money fluttering around the country’s largest metropolis means The Six is home to a five-star hospitality scene, including a stack of sophisticated places to stay. Whether you’re looking for a swanky suite at a flagship international chain or a room at a glamorous boutique property, Culture Trip has rounded up the best luxury hotels in Toronto.
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A huge rooftop swimming pool, a 250-seat cinema, Neil Dankoff’s photo gallery, four indoor tennis courts, dedicated studios for pilates and yoga – it’s exhausting just talking about Hotel X’s uber-long list of amenities, let alone using them all. This 30-story tower houses more than 400 rooms, all of them gazing across the Lake Ontario waterfront. But the vistas are nothing compared to the triple-decker SkyBar – the only three-level penthouse watering hole in the city.
Opened by the Kimpton chain of boutique hotels in 2018, the Saint George is another artistic addition to Toronto’s bohemian Annex neighborhood. You can’t miss the giant owl slathered on the west-facing wall of this 14-story tower – a masterpiece by local street artist Jerry Rugg, AKA @birdO on Instagram – and the colorful streak runs into the lobby, with alpine murals by local painter Tisha Myles. Bespoke decor from Mason Studio provides a more homey feel than most luxury hotels, and the price is a bargain, too.
Once a former hat factory, this Mercer Street property became a Le Germain hotel in 2002, exuding a sense of calm from the double-height lobby to the rooftop putting green. The zen vibe also pervades every one of the 123 rooms, with rich wooden fittings on the walls, textured carpets on the floor and a Bose stereo to complete the mood of low-key luxury in the heart of Downtown.
Timeless elegance never dates, as Toronto’s first luxury hotel can attest. Built in 1903 on a whole block of King Street East in the middle of Downtown, The Omni King Edward Hotel has hosted all sorts of royalty over the past century or so – everyone from The Beatles and Britney Spears to Mark Twain and Margaret Thatcher have stayed here – and it’s not hard to see why. The 301 rooms feature regal decor and spa-like marble bathrooms.
This hulking glass-facade skyscraper pierces the Toronto skyline, soaring 688 feet (210 meters) above Wellington Street West. Facing David Pecaut Square between the core of Downtown and the lively Entertainment District, the Ritz-Carlton has 263 rooms and suites. If you’re looking to splurge, kick back with a treatment at the full-service Clarins spa or book the jaw-dropping Ritz-Carlton Suite, located on the 19th floor.
This glam boutique hotel is all about over-the-top opulence, with etched gold, crushed velvet and black marble everywhere you turn. Also, more than 3,000 pieces of art, including dozens of original Andy Warhol prints, adorn every spare wall. With 96 rooms a couple of blocks north of the Rogers Centre, Bisha also boasts Iron Chef contestant Akira Back in its Asian fusion restaurant, as well as 44th-floor café KŌST, which serves nibbles and drinks and has its own infinity pool.
With a to-die-for King West Village location, floor-to-ceiling windows peering over the Toronto skyline and moody design by New York’s Studio Gaia, the Thompson’s 102 rooms are worth every cent. But this luxury hotel’s biggest drawcard is the buffet of food and drink options on the menu, including the thumping Wildflower nightclub, the Thompson Diner, the sophisticated Lobby Bar, plus the exclusive rooftop lounge, which is connected to an infinity pool with mesmerizing vistas over the city.
Toronto’s Shangri-La enjoys all the elegance of the Singapore original, with Asian accents sprinkled throughout its 202 rooms. Surrounded by the eateries and nightspots of the upscale Entertainment District – including Momofuku Noodle Bar next door and the modern Bosk restaurant downstairs – the Shangri-La shimmers with dark polished wood, Japanese ink prints and crystal chandeliers.
With gold framing in the lobby, green granite in the bathrooms and priceless masterpieces by artists Bruno Billio and Sorel Etrog dancing through the common spaces, The Hazelton oozes old-school Hollywood cool. With 77 rooms, this Yorkville landmark sits on the doorstep of Toronto’s high-end shopping strip, the Mink Mile. But you might not be able to drag yourself away from the hotel if you’re feasting at ONE Restaurant, the brainchild of acclaimed local chef Mark McEwan, or indulging in a facial from Swiss skincare line Valmont in The Hazelton’s intimate spa.
If you spot a celebrity or two at the SoHo Met, it might not be because they’re staying there – this luxury boutique hotel contains the Wahlberg brothers’ much-hyped sports bar Wahlburgers. Besides the burgers, this lavish Downtown property dishes up 89 relaxing rooms, offering custom-made maple woodwork, artisanal Molton Brown skincare products and a striking Dale Chihuly glass sculpture hovering over the entrance.