1 . Fairmont Royal York

Toronto, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (416) 368 - 2511

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While Toronto’s younger set may be tempted to write off our No. 1 pick as their granddaddy’s hotel, we’d be the first in line to urge them to reconsider. Despite its stately exterior and landmark past, the Fairmont Royal York’s sophisticated yet modern luxury is equally enticing to travelers of all ages.

The Fairmont Royal York has maintained the timeless elegance and appeal of its early days, while somehow staying abreast of its more contemporary competition. We’re not sure how this Toronto luxury hotel mastered such an unheard of feat – and with seeming ease, to boot – but we’re sure glad they have. Regardless of age, those with more refined tastes will find much to be thankful for on the Fairmont’s signature Gold Floor. From complimentary cocktails and canapés to complimentary breakfast, every whim will be catered to on your Ontario luxury vacation. With overstuffed armchairs and dusty classics encased in floor-to-ceiling wood panels, the Fairmont’s Library Bar lives up to its name. But even this sophisticated space takes on a playful twist with the addition of Lounging in the Dark events each Saturday night, when the lights are dimmed, the candles are lit and the acoustic guitars are brought in for a social occasion as eco-friendly as it is fun. Besides, this Toronto bar’s martinis – voted the city’s best for four consecutive years – are equally tasty both in and out of sight!

Address

100 Front St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 1E3

Related Onsite Offerings

Benihana offers traditional Japanese “teppan” meals cooked to order before your eyes!

Fun facts

Fairmont Royal York’s expertly mixed cocktails have earned the hotel a ranking on Toronto Life magazine's best martinis list for four years running.

2 . SoHo Metropolitan

Toronto, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (416) 599 - 8800

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Set in the heart of Toronto’s bustling entertainment district, the SoHo Metropolitan – or the SoHo Met, as locals know it – has long been a symbol of urban style and sophistication. For those looking to indulge in more upscale pleasures, our No. 2 pick’s loft-style Penthouse Suite is a can’t-miss on your Canadian vacation.

With an unprecedented three stories of luxury digs – and an exquisite glass elevator prepared to whisk you from one opulent level to the next – the SoHo Metropolitan’s most extravagant suite is a serious step down the path of Toronto hotel luxury. A spa-quality master bath, appointed with the exclusive comfort of a Kohler Sok infinity tub, serves as your escape from the chaos of urban life. And when you’re so worn out you simply can’t be bothered to close the curtains or flick off the lights, your Penthouse Suite remote saves you the trouble. With a host of culinary pleasures all on site, odds are you won’t stay holed up in your SoHo Met Penthouse Suite for long. When you’re ready to venture out, the Senses Restaurant’s sophisticated menu includes tasty seafood creations. And with your choice of add-ons to the hotel’s Relax and Rebound Package, a scrumptious breakfast in bed or late checkout is yours to savor.

Address

318 Wellington St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 3T4

Related Onsite Offerings

The SoHo Metropolitan Hotel offers a modern alternative to traditional meeting space, including an elegant marquee area that accommodates up to 200 guests.

Highlights

European down duvets and Italian linens hide luxurious King-size beds in each of the SoHo Metropolitan’s guestrooms and suites.

3 . Drake Hotel

Toronto, Ontario

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Our No. 3 pick is a relative newcomer on the Toronto luxury hotel scene. Brimming with bohemian flair, this Ontario boutique hotel is clearly the odd man out – but in a really, really good way. If you’ve been searching for the latest “it” spot for everything from sculpture to sashimi, the Drake Hotel is most assuredly your destination!

This uber-trendy luxury hotel is a worthy tribute to Toronto’s reputation for stylish design. The Drake also doubles as living proof of the talented artistic community it proudly calls home. This Ontario city is most famous for its international film festivals, but its West Queen West Art and Design District also serves as a breeding ground for creative minds of every bent, including talented photographers and artists on the brink of making it big. And rising up from its center is the Drake Hotel, where contemporary décor and culture-infused objet d’art peacefully coexist within the same style-studded walls. The Drake Hotel's art is truly inspired, but man cannot live on Monets and Renoirs alone. When your tummy starts to rumble, the Raw Bar is happy to satisfy it with sashimi delights and shucked oysters plucked from the sea. And when you’ve had your fill of both art and cuisine, the Drake Hotel’s playfully-named Crash Pad suites beckon with exposed brick walls and paintings so fresh we were scared to touch them!

Address

1150 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6J 1J3

Highlights

The Drake first opened in 1890 as D. A. Small’s Hotel.

Fun facts

Toronto is the fifth largest urban region and fourth largest financial centre in North America.

4 . The Hazelton Hotel

Toronto, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (416) 963 - 6300

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Our No. 4 pick takes its name from a location poised at the intersections of Toronto’s most famed avenues, Yorkville and Hazelton. But the Hazelton Hotel’s upscale address isn’t the only exclusive perk to its name. From private screening rooms to internationally-acclaimed interior design, this Toronto luxury hotel is a master at exceeding expectations.

Every inch of this urban retreat is swathed in ultra-luxe leathers, satins and suedes, while indulgent amenities like oversized plasma TVs and Italian linens are luxuries featured in even the most standard of Hazelton Hotel suites. Overcome with gratitude, we rushed to the lobby to offer up our thanks to the hotel’s staff, who promptly informed us that the real genius behind this Toronto hotel’s grandeur was none other than international design firm YabuPushelberg. The Hazelton Hotel offers its guests a list of 18 reasons to stay among its incomparable style and splendor, but we only needed one: the en-suite baths. Dressing rooms hand-carved from exotic hardwoods, floors tiled in shimmering granite slabs and the deepest of soaking tubs topped with rainfall showers – pinch us, because we’ve surely died and gone to interior design heaven. If ever a Toronto hotel was tailor-made for clandestine meetings and late-night rendezvous, the Hazelton Hotel would be just the destination!

Address

118 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5R 2G1

Highlights

ONE restaurant’s lavish leather banquettes set the stage for an even more enticing culinary experience, courtesy of executive chef Mark McEwan.

Fun facts

The Hazelton Hotel’s screening room is home to mohair-lined walls and custom seating for up to 26 guests.

5 . Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

Toronto, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (416) 964 - 0411

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Hollywood elite flock to Ontario each fall under the pretense of partaking in the Toronto Film Festival revelry – and to not-so-discreetly indulge in our No. 5 pick’s stylish luxury. For a Toronto luxury hotel worthy of the stars, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is our hands-down selection.

The flagship hotel of the Four Seasons, this Toronto retreat is home to a remarkable 32 floors of understated elegance and opulent luxury. Original features like black and white marble floors and coved ceilings glow in the strategically-lit lobby, while an ever-evolving décor keeps this Toronto legend abreast of the latest trends. If you’re a fan of distinct architectural styles, it’s hard to top the Art Deco perfection of the Avenue Bar, just one of the Four Seasons Toronto’s sleek cocktail and dining venues. And if it takes a bit of spa-quality pampering to truly please you, the Four Seasons Spa offers equal measures of inspired style and stress-relieving substance. With minimalist dark wood furnishings and a muted color palette, the Four Seasons’ Yorkville Suites capture the essence of Toronto’s most fashion-forward neighborhood. Its modern bath – complete with marble tiles and flatscreen TV – puts the Yorkville among the hotel’s most luxurious suites, and easily earns it a place alongside Toronto’s finest!

Address

21 Avenue Rd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5R 2G1

Highlights

The Four Seasons Toronto’s whimsical Studio Café serves up Italian and Mediterranean cuisine against a backdrop of blown glass and other colorful artwork.

Related Onsite Offerings

Fitness facilities, swimming pool, business center and babysitting services.

6 . Windsor Arms Hotel

Toronto, Ontario

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You’d never guess the distinguished façade of our No. 6 pick housed one of Toronto’s finest luxury hotels. With its stately brick exterior, Windsor Arms Hotel gives the air of an Ivy League university, while its more intimate scale makes this Toronto boutique hotel perfectly suited to your big city rendezvous.

Our No. 6 pick’s striking resemblance to the University of Toronto is no coincidence. After all, this acclaimed institution’s Victorian architecture was just one inspiration after which hotelier and founder William Arthur Price modeled his luxury hotel residence. If a discreet and romantic escape among this Ontario city’s urban sprawl is what you came for, the Windsor Adams Hotel won’t disappoint. Renovated from top to bottom in traditional 1920s style, the hotel’s nostalgic touches (think fireplaces and limestone walls) are a striking complement to its otherwise contemporary décor. And every luxury suite comes with a nifty feature: around-the-clock butlers at your beck and call. From sunrise to sunset, all your culinary wishes come true inside Windsor Arms Hotel’s impeccable dining experiences. The elegant Courtyard Café is your venue of choice for a scrumptious Sunday brunch, while Lounge twenty-two’s tapas are an enticing late-night treat.

Address

18 St. Thomas St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3E7

Fun facts

Windsor Arms Hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection.

Highlights

Windsor Arms Hotel is just steps from Yorkville, a trendy hub of Toronto shopping and entertainment.

7 . Hôtel Le Germain

Toronto, Ontario

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Gorgeous. Graceful. Grandiose. While the “G” emblazoned across our No. 7 pick could easily stand for any – or all – of the above, its signature initial is actually an abbreviated version of Hôtel Le Germain. Primarily composed of glass, metal and wood, this Toronto luxury hotel is ideal for urban escapes.

Second only to New York and London, Toronto is a major player on the international theatre scene. At Hôtel Le Germain, front row seats to the Ontario theatre production of your choice are the knowledgeable concierge’s specialty. From the more playful cabarets to intriguing opera features like Madame Butterfly, simply ask and you shall receive. Naturally you’ll need an outfit worthy of the occasion and fashion’s biggest names are only a short stroll from the hotel’s equally stylish doors. From Chanel couture to Hermes handbags, Toronto’s ultra-luxe Bloor Street is your Ontario shopping destination. For the ultimate in swank designer accommodations, only Hôtel Le Germain’s apartment suites will do. After a full day exploring Toronto’s bustling streets, dive under the covers and into a pile of down pillows and blankets that envelop you in their plush comfort. Visions of the next day’s Ontario adventures should be more than enough to lull you into a dreamlike state!

Address

30 Mercer St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 1H3

Highlights

From the bedroom to the boardroom, red accents are a prevalent feature throughout and a fitting tribute to Hôtel Le Germain’s insistence on indulging every guest with the red carpet treatment.

Fun facts

Hôtel Le Germain Dominion was ranked third in the “Best Luxury Hotels” category in Canada on the 2009 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice list.

8 . Le Royal Méridien King Edward

Toronto, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (416) 863 - 3131

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Here in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, things can get a little out of hand. From greedy stock brokers counting their coin to society elite eager to spend their riches, it’s easy to get swept away in the quest for cash. Where others border on crass, our No. 8 pick is a welcome respite from the money-hungry crowds.

If your tastes err more towards class, Le Royal Méridien King Edward is your Toronto luxury hotel of choice. With a name that practically promises the royal treatment – and rolls off the tongue the way only French can – even its name oozes sophistication. But this Ontario hotel’s moniker can’t take all the credit; surely Le Royal Méridien King Edward’s rich history has something to do with it. For nearly a century, this historic accommodation has offered a decidedly elegant way to stay for businessmen and discerning travelers alike. From red carpeted steps that lead to a lobby brimming with Old World appeal to the elegant columns that frame its entrance, Le Royal Méridien King Edward adds turn of the century charm to every Canadian vacation. The style doesn’t end with the drawing room’s doors. Inside your Le Royal Meridien luxury suite, rich brocades and stylish plaids dress everything from wing chairs to drapes. Every wall is papered in a distinguished assortment of stripes and floral prints. And every bed last bed is draped in sumptuous linens.

Address

37 King St. E., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 1E9

Highlights

The hotel’s mezzanine level is home to the European-inspired Nouvelle Maria Spa and Salon.

Fun facts

Toronto draws more visitors each year than any other Canadian city.

9 . Cosmopolitan Toronto Centre Hotel and Spa

Toronto, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 958 - 3488

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More Zen-like sanctuary than downtown Toronto hotel, this serene inner city retreat promises to stir your soul, restore peace of mind and breathe new life into your world-weary soul. With a beautiful blend of Western sophistication and Eastern influences, Cosmopolitan Toronto Centre Hotel captured our hearts – er, chakras.

We’d normally scoff at such flighty notions as the Cosmopolitan Toronto’s dedication to Feng Shui-ing each of its guestrooms and suites. But one step inside and we swear the tension simply melted away. Maybe it was the natural gemstone fountain, designed by what the hotel calls its “energy consultant” and strategically placed at the energy center of your Cosmopolitan Toronto suite. Then again, it could have been the hotel’s Lifestyle Team, a dedicated collection of staff who happily takes on even the most mundane of tasks, from adding a few pieces of Toronto couture to your already extensive collection to trotting your pampered pooch around the block. And if pampering is on your itinerary, Toronto’s only five-star spa – Shizen Spa – is conveniently located on site! Whether this Toronto luxury hotel takes its upscale moniker from sophisticated world travelers or fruit-infused elixirs of the same name is of little consequence. Both imply luxury, class and inimitable style, which the Cosmopolitan Toronto Centre Hotel has in spades.

Fun facts

The Cosmopolitan Toronto has been nominated by Expedia travelers as being rated in the top one percent of nearly 80,000 properties offered by Expedia.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Zen experience continues with meditation mats, incense sticks and Feng Shui inside the Cosmopolitan Toronto’s luxury suites.

Highlights

Love the Cosmopolitan Toronto? You’ll adore its sister property, the Pantages Hotel Toronto.

10 . Park Hyatt Toronto

Toronto, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (416) 925 - 1234

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We thought Park Hyatt Toronto’s location in the heart of the city’s trendy Yorkville neighborhood was hard to top, but that was before we discovered that this sleek luxury hotel doubles as a downtown Toronto tour guide. Call it too good to be true; we call it your ticket to the big city sights on your Toronto vacation.

If you thought Park Hyatt Toronto’s designer digs were near perfection, wait until you test drive this Toronto luxury hotel’s Culture at the Park package. A scrumptious breakfast begins your day – no use soaking up the sights on an empty stomach, after all. Then it’s off to your choice of historic finds at the Royal Ontario Museum – the ROM, as the locals call it – or the 36,000-plus paintings, sculptures and artworks that adorn the halls of the Art Gallery of Ontario. And when you’ve had your fill of Canadian culture, the ultra-chic Roof Lounge awaits your return. Order your post-adventure aperitif of choice and cheers to your cultural conquests! At the Park Hyatt Toronto, true luxury is in the details. Like light-as-a-feather duvets and soothing earth tone color palettes with opulent gold accents. Distinguished amenities, from a mini bar stocked with top shelf selections to marble-top vanities and terrycloth robes. And as for the view, let’s just say Toronto’s glittering skyline is never far from sight!

Address

4 Avenue Rd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5R 2E8

Highlights

Stay for the cause! Park Hyatt Toronto’s “Pink Suite” was created to raise awareness about breast cancer and features rosy-hued bedding, sitting rooms and even a washroom.

Fun facts

In 2009, Park Hyatt Toronto was named “Canada’s Leading Hotel” by the World Travel Awards.

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