After just 18 months on the market, the Ritz-Carlton’s only Canadian property has made a distinct impression in Toronto’s luxury hotel scene. The 267 room Ritz-Carlton Toronto hotel in the center of the downtown financial district soars 20 levels above the city skyline (taller, even, if one counts the residences above) and includes 59 suites, offering city or Lake Ontario views.
Bright and airy, the hotel mixes contemporary design with sleek sophistication, highlighted by art from a wide variety of artists through Canada in both guestrooms and public spaces — don’t miss the copper maple leaves in the lobby floor.
Oversized guestrooms, many of which feature views of Lake Ontario, offer amenities ideal for business or leisure travelers, including perimeter heating (ideal for cold Canadian winters), rich African Anigre wood and Portuguese Estremoz marble. In the bathrooms, find heated marble flooring, deep soaking tubs, Clarins or Molton Brown amenities, and in-mirror vanity televisions dual vanities. Particularly popular are the corner suites, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, or the 2,400-square-foot Ritz-Carlton suite, the hotel’s version of a presidential suite.
The hotel itself offers a variety of attractions for guests and visitors alike, including a lobby bar with craft cocktails, a ground-level lounge and terrace, DEQ, and a contemporary restaurant, TOCA, which feature’s the city’s only cheese cave. When visiting, be sure to ask about the restaurant’s hand-painted plates, each created just for the hotel by in-house artist TK, a hotel staffer.
Another gem is the spa, a 13,000-square-foot, 16-room oasis and the only spa outside of Paris to feature Clarins’ new My Blend line, which features customizable enhancements to Clarins already cult favorite skincare products. An onside yoga studio, saltwater pool, and large relaxation area make this a perfect day or afternoon escape.
Signature treatments inspired by the beauty of Canada’s great outdoors define the experience including the aromatic Cloud 9 Massage, which utilizes locally grown ground flowers and herbs such as Niagara lavender and Quebec sage.
Ideally located in the heart of downtown, the hotel is a prime location for visitors, just steps from the Rogers Arena, CN Tower, downtown’s financial offices or the city’s burgeoning Arts and Entertainment district, including the Toronto International Film Festival’s headquarters, just two blocks away.
As is to be expected with a Ritz-Carlton, high-touch service and attentive staffers ensure that every need is anticipated. We’ll be returning shortly.
By Mclean Robbins
Edited by Doron Levy