Since 2009 or so, competition in Toronto's luxury hotel market has been heating up. The pinnacle may have been 2011 when Toronto welcomed titans of opulence the Ritz-Carlton and the Trump Tower.
But there are grades of luxury and they all don't need to break the budget. Some of Toronto's luxury hotels are classics offering old-school charm and service; others boast uber-luxury for a possibly once in a lifetime experience.
The following is a list of 10 of the most popular luxury hotels in downtown Toronto to suit a variety of tastes.
The Trump International Hotel & Tower is right smack in the middle of Toronto's Financial District, appealing to 5-star-seeking business travellers. However, with the price dropping on weekends, Toronto's Trump Hotel makes a great getaway for out of town or even locals looking for a luxurious escape.
Address: 325 Bay Street
The Hazelton Hotel in the swanky neighbourhood of Yorkville, a pedestrian friendly Toronto neighbourhood that offers fine shopping and dining plus a host of high-end boutiques and galleries. At 4-stories tall, the Hazelton Hotel has 77 luxury guest rooms in keeping with its location's more intimate feel.
Address: 325 Bay Street
The first of several 5-star hotels new to Toronto in 2011, the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, offers impeccable service in its contemporary and artistic building in downtown Toronto.
Address: 181 Wellington Street West, Toronto
Despite the world-famous height of its nearby neighbour, the CN Tower
, the Fairmont Royal York, still has an impressive and commanding presence in Toronto's downtown. This landmark hotel, which is one of Canada's Fairmont Historic Railway Hotels, is an elegant and historic alternative to the standard high-rise hotel, offering its guests a glimpse back in time with all the modern conveniences and services.
Address: 100 Front Street W (directly across the street from Union Station)
The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is right in one of Toronto's most posh and fashionable districts - Yorkville
. Particularly popular during the Toronto International Film Festival, the Four Seasons is steps from trendy boutiques, great restaurants and fabulous shopping and a short subway ride to the Eaton Centre, many of Toronto's best theatres
, and the financial district. Address:
21 Avenue Road
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The Sutton Place features fully furnished apartments, standard guestrooms and suites. All boast antique furnishings and traditional charm. The hotel is right downtown, near the financial district - right in the heart of things, so expect some noise. The Sutton may have had its peak in the 70s but it remains a favourite for many. Possibly it will redefine its identity as it competes with uber-luxury players like the Ritz and Trump Tower.
Address: 955 Bay Street
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For those whose idea of luxury includes rich architectural and historical detail, Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel may be the right choice. For more than 100 years, the "King Eddie" has been one of the most elegant accommodations in the city. Less than half a mile from the Hockey Hall of Fame, Distillery Historic District
and the Eaton Centre
to name a few Toronto attractions
. Even if you don't stay here, consider dropping by for High Tea. Address:
37 King Street East
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The InterContinental does not ooze luxury, but it does provide excellent accommodation in a convenient location between the financial and entertainment districts next to the CN Tower
and Union Station. The hotel also adjoins the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Consider upgrading to Club Level rooms to take advantage of the complimentary breakfast and hot hors d'oeuvres buffet in the evening.
There is also an InterContinental Hotel in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood. Address: 225 Front Street West
Perched right on the shore of Lake Ontario, the Westin Harbour Castle comprises two towers especially convenient to the Air Canada Centre, Union Station, and the Hockey Hall of Fame. Address:
1 Harbour Square
The Hilton Hotel Toronto is a convenient and tasteful 4-diamond hotel in downtown Toronto that successfully creates an elegant and professional environment that is Canadian themed without falling back on beaver and Mountie clichés. Guests who want an extra-special experience may stay in one of the exquisite executive suites on the top floor. All Executive Level guests enjoy access to the Private Concierge Service Floors and Lounge. Address:
145 Richmond Street West
The Windsor Arms Hotel is located on a quiet street in Yorkville
- one of the city's most upscale, fashionable shopping and entertainment areas. The elegant, heritage exterior houses 26 newly-appointed luxury suites. Guests enjoy the highest staff to guest ratio of any Canadian hotel at six staff members per guest. Address:
18 St. Thomas St.