Toronto - located on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario - is Canada’s largest city.
A metropolis with towering buildings, bustling streets, and a famous skyline dominated by the CN Tower, it is known for its cultural diversity, world-famous sports teams, and excellent universities. The Harbourfront Centre is home to art galleries, theatres, boutique shopping, restaurants, and marinas lined with luxury yachts. A 10-minute ferry ride across Toronto’s inner harbour, you’ll find tree-heavy picnic spots, quaint cottages and beachfront living. Toronto’s three major islands are connected by paths, bridges and boardwalks that make them ideal for a walk or bike ride.
The BusinessClass.com guide to best luxury hotels in Toronto:
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - 9/10
The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is in the heart of the fashionable Yorkville neighbourhood and is a two-minute walk from Toronto’s 'Mink Mile' of luxury-goods retailers, fine restaurants, galleries and cafés. The hotel’s design is timeless with vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and loads of mahogany mixed with black and gold. 1,700 pieces of Canadian art are showcased across the property. There are 259 rooms and suites spread over 21 floors. Their cosy textures and muted colours, grey rugs and European oak flooring, add to the sense of comfort. Bedside iPads provide up to date info, and Bose speakers connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Rooms are also equipped with Nespresso machines. The big bathrooms have Canadian marble and feature large baths, a spacious shower, and a television embedded in the main mirror.
Enjoy authentic French cuisine paired with fine wine at Café Boulud by renowned Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud, and speciality craft cocktails at the lobby lounge and bar. Raised on his family's farm in the village of Saint-Pierre-de-Chandieu, Boulud fuses his many culinary take-ups with the traditional flavours of the French countryside. His d|bar is perfect for a cocktail before or after your meal. There is an expansive spa and full service fitness centre, an indoor lap pool and a hot tub. The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is a top urban retreat for luxury travellers and incognito celebrities.
Shangri-La Toronto - 9/10
Shangri-La Toronto as one of Toronto’s tallest buildings defines elegance. A magnet for the wealthy and the interesting, it draws an eclectic blend of people from the worlds of fashion, arts and culture, business and finance. The 202 spacious rooms and suites are spread over 17 floors. All have traditional Asian-inspired geometric patterns, soft earthy tones, and refined touches from the patterned glassware to the soft nightlights under the bedside tables. Floor-to-ceiling windows give way to city views, and the marble-clad bathrooms feature heated floors with mirror-embedded televisions. The hotel’s popular lobby draws locals as well as in-house guests. Screen panels, a long black marble fireplace as well as the hotel’s rotating exhibits of couture dresses anchor the room, the live music adding to the ambience.
Hand-blown green and amber Bocci glass and pale oak lattices front Bosk, the hotel’s Asian-inspired forest-themed signature restaurant. On the fifth floor, find the impressive 24-hour fitness centre and adjacent yoga studio. Spin classes and personal trainers are available. The pool area is a little world all its own, with cascading water columns, a solarium seating area, a huge whirlpool, private terry-lined cabanas, and an infrared sauna. Miraj Hammam by Caudalie, Paris, also on the fifth floor, offers a mix of Middle Eastern hammam and French vinotherapy with 12 treatment rooms and two hammams.
Bisha Hotel Toronto - 9/10
Bisha Hotel Toronto is at the centre of the city’s entertainment district, surrounded by theatres, cinemas, and restaurants. Managed by Loews Hotels, the Bisha occupies the first eight floors of a 44-storey tower, which it shares with 355 condos. Visitors are welcomed into a very stylish lobby with copious amounts of black marble, crushed velvet and etched gold. There are 96 rooms that merge laid-back glamour with boutique-hotel intimacy with lacquered wood, crushed velvet, and thick geometric carpets giving a sense of 1970s nostalgia. All rooms feature one-of-a-kind artwork and have floor-to-ceiling windows for sweeping city views. Lenny Kravitz brought his rock-and-roll influence and design to 14 rooms, including the Bisha suite, which he decorated.
Renowned Chef Akira Back opened his first Canadian namesake restaurant at the Bisha. Drawing on inspiration from his Korean heritage and travels around the globe, he has created a menu that blends modern Japanese cuisine with authentic Korean flavours. Mister C is the luxe lobby bar that serves cocktails and has an appetizer menu, with live DJ performances throughout the week. When not out exploring or lapping up the comfort of your room, lounge around the rooftop infinity pool.
St Regis Toronto - 9/10
The St. Regis Toronto marked the hotel group’s Canadian debut in this soaring 65-story building in the city’s business and culture district just steps from Toronto’s downtown landmarks. Modern elegance and dedicated butler service are standard across the 258 large luxury hotel guestrooms and suites. The rooms are bright and airy with high ceilings adding to the sense of space and oversized windows serving up views of the downtown Toronto skyline. The enormous Caroline Astor and John Jacob Astor suites are on the 30th floor and include a kitchen, living and dining room, two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms each in a sophisticated and sleek modern style.
On the 31st floor with dramatic city views is the opulent two-story LOUIX LOUIS Grand Bar & Restaurant. Known for its alluring atmosphere, hand-painted ceiling and American cuisine with a French twist, the restaurant is a huge draw. On the hotel’s lobby level, Astor Lounge has a relaxed welcoming atmosphere. The Spa features a full menu, from massages to body wraps, facials and more.
The Hazelton Hotel - 9/10
The Hazelton Hotel in trendy Yorkville was designed by internationally renowned Yabu Pushelberg. The interiors are sleek with green granite, polished wood, and silver velvet used throughout. The 77 spacious rooms and suites were furnished with the discerning traveller in mind. Sixty-five beautiful rooms and twelve exceptional suites, all evoke grandeur with a splash of 1940s Hollywood glam. Some of the unmatched qualities are the French windows and Juliette balconies, custom furnishings, and marble bathrooms with plush bathrobes. The rooms each have a work desk and lounge area.
The hotel’s ONE Restaurant is a destination in itself. Helmed by one of Canada’s leading chefs, Mark McEwan, who in addition to having his own TV show, was a judge on Top Chef Canada. Ringed with one of the hottest patios in town, it feels like an old-style private club, all dark and plush, with rich textures and snug seating nooks. Retro rusts, greens and oranges add a contemporary twist, while amber lighting, metal finishes and soft fabrics add to the ambience. The intimate Neil Young private dining room is tucked at the back of the restaurant. At the Spa by Valmont, you have access to the renowned saltwater pool, private massages, spa amenities, and the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness centre. The hotel offers pet grooming and walking services and is within a 5-minute walk of the Royal Ontario Museum and Queen’s Park.
Fairmont Royal York Hotel - 9/10
Fairmont Royal York occupies a landmark circa-1929 building that proudly retains its position amid a sea of modern skyscrapers in downtown Toronto. Stepping into the next era with an investment made in upgrading the rooms, dining and lobby, the Grande Dame delivers a welcome mix of old meets very stylish new with hand-painted ceilings and travertine pillars among the original features. Rooms and suites have a traditional design, new modern colours, plush bedding, maple furniture, lots of patterns and texture, plus striped floor-length curtains and soothing colours. Bathrooms have marble floors, spacious showers and luxurious Le Labo amenities. The Fairmont Gold rooms feel like appealing apartments with rich textures and Art Deco touches. Gold guests get access to the 18th-floor lounge.
REIGN Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering classic Canadian fare with a slight French influence. The lobby is taken over almost entirely by the swish CLOCKWORK lounge anchored by the stunning clock tower. Canada’s only Benihana Japanese Steakhouse offers Teppanyaki, sushi and sake on the lower level. The hotel has a rooftop apiary, home to over half a million honeybees, and a herb garden. The honey and over 40 varieties of herbs are used in dishes throughout the hotel restaurants. The health club includes an indoor pool with a skylight, a whirlpool bath, a children’s wading pool, saunas, steam rooms, and a fitness centre. Recent guests have included members of the British Royal Family.
The Windsor Arms Hotel - 9/10
The Windsor Arms Hotel has been a home from home for visiting royalty, aristocracy and movie stars for decades. Originally built in 1927, and completely renovated in 1999, the hotel retains a quality of a bygone era. Each of the 28 suites is decorated in a warm style with creams and beiges, Frette-sheeted beds and handmade furnishings. Modern amenities include iPod docks, sound systems and butler cupboards for discreet around-the-clock room service. The big limestone bathrooms have Jacuzzi baths. Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms is an institution and is taken in the Parisian-inspired lobby tea room or by the fire in the historic, lush purple room. An enchanting and romantic space and is where Richard Burton proposed to Elizabeth Taylor in 1967.
The homely Living Room restaurant feels like an English drawing room, with a good menu and extensive wine list supported by the 20,000-bottle wine cellar. Although the hotel’s location on a quiet street in the upscale Yorkville district, means you have plenty of dining options within walking distance. The 4th and 5th floors are where you’ll find the indoor saltwater pool and a full-service spa, gym and several tranquil treatment rooms. Built to blend into the University of Toronto's neo-Gothic style, the Windsor Arms has long lived up to its grand stone entrance, monogrammed awnings and stained glass windows.
Ritz Carlton, Toronto - 9/10
The ultramodern Ritz Carlton, Toronto is located in a key location near the iconic CN Tower, The Hockey Hall of Fame, Rogers Centre, and The Princess of Wales Theatre. Its design draws from the city’s glamorous film and theatre industry, waterfront setting and railroad history. Overlooking Lake Ontario and the downtown Toronto skyline, are the 263 luxurious guest rooms, including 56 one-bedroom Corner Suites, four Simcoe Suites, two Wellington Suites, and one Ritz-Carlton Suite. They are decked out in a grand style that blends traditional high-end luxury with classic Canadian touches, such as the 450-piece art collection by Canadian artists that are spread across the rooms and public areas.
The property has two dining outlets. At TOCA, traditional Italian dishes are prepared with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in collaboration with chef Oliver Glowig. It is also home to Canada’s only Cheese Cave. The Ritz Bar operates as a café in the mornings and as a cocktail bar in the evening with signature drinks and nitrogen martinis paired with bar snacks and desserts, as well as its daily afternoon tea service – Simplici'tea'. Spa My Blend by Clarins was built under the expertise of Dr Olivier Courtin, who believed skin tells one’s emotional and physical story. The Champagne Nail Bar brings a touch of glam to its classic services. Also featured are 16 treatment rooms, an aroma-infused vitality pool, and relaxation lounges. Not to mention the indoor saltwater pool.
Park Hyatt Toronto Hotel - 9/10
The reimagined Park Hyatt Toronto in the luxurious Yorkville neighbourhood is making waves after an extensive four-year renovation. Offering its loyal discerning guests a sophisticated hotel experience rooted in Canadian heritage. Inspired by the brand’s ethos, the hotel is a cultured blend of artfully designed textures, colours and shapes said to mimic the country’s seasons. In the 219 rooms, including 40 suites, the avant-garde décor has a curated homely feel. Thoughtful touches include digital key entry, custom furniture and bold art. The presidential suite on the fifteenth floor embodies timelessness with walnut wood and local Owen Sound limestone softened by warm textiles and carefully selected touches.
Joni is the new restaurant in the completely reconstructed centre podium. The double-height, ellipse-shaped restaurant and bar has a feature black stairway on the one side and a roaring fireplace to the north. The menu is inspired by local ingredients and homemade elements by the talented team. The 17th-floor Writer’s Room is a much loved rooftop bar and icon in the city that has been immortalised by generations of Canadian authors from Mordecai Richler to Margaret Atwood. The brand-new Stillwater Spa has eleven treatment rooms, two couple’s suites, and manicure and pedicure services. The impressive contemporary art throughout warrants a tour.
1 Hotel Toronto is new to the city’s hospitality scene. It opened its doors in August 2021, adding a touch of sustainable green flair to the King West neighbourhood. The sixth property in the growing 1 Hotels portfolio and the first in Canada, the hotel is eco-friendly, nature-inspired, and community-oriented. Designed by top architecture firm Rockwell Group, the designers have brought the Canadian outdoors indoors, with glacier-carved stone, reclaimed barn wood and over 3,000 plants, including native Ontario species. A clean contemporary style reigns throughout, with white and grey tones, mid-century-modern chairs and grand-scale art installations.
All rooms come with Bluetooth speakers, yoga mats, a minibar bursting with treats and cosy cotton robes A destination in its own right, the hotel serves stylish drinks on the unique wrap-around terrace on Harriet’s Rooftop. Or enjoy a farm-to-table meal at 1 Kitchen. Sustainability practices are standard throughout – tables and benches have been carved from fallen local trees and stamped with their provenance. The lobby bar doubles as a co-working space, while the gym has a climbing wall. In summer, the rooftop pool is a highlight. The hotel is within walking distance of the landmark CN tower, the Theatre District and Ossington Avenue’s hip restaurants.
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