Five Star Hotels in Toronto
The five star rating is classically associated with the ultimate in luxury accommodations. That was until a lack of standardization and marketing-influenced inflation rendered the term more and more meaningless. The Burj al- Arab touted itself as “the world's first seven-star hotel,” proving it merely takes an inflated ego and an adequate ad budget to make ludicrous claims.
T.O.’s downtown core has its fair-share of luxury hotels but according to Toronto Life, only the Hazelton Hotel in Yorkville is a true five star hotel. The badge starts to mean something when it comes from an unbiased third-party source. Another big four are in the works, including the Ritz-Carlton, the new Four Seasons, the Trump International and the Shangri-La. If everything goes according to plan despite the economic downturn there will be five five-star hotels in Toronto by 2012.
Although most of Toronto’s top-end hotels lack five-star accreditation, the choices likely won’t disappoint until the new surge of hotels are completed. Historical buildings like the Fairmont Royal York and Le Royal Meridien King Edward have a classic appeal that can’t easily be replaced by state-of-the-art architecture.
The Hazelton Hotel
Trumpeted as “Toronto’s most exclusive hotel,” the Hazelton is the first five-star hotel in Toronto. Interiors by renowned designer YabuPushelberg have secured awards by Interior Design Magazine. Fortune has called it “the best new business hotel in Toronto.” Amenities include ‘One’ restaurant, silver screening room plus a health club and spa.
Fairmont Royal York
When it was first opened in June 1929, the Fairmont Royal York was the tallest building not only in Toronto but in the British Empire. Today it is a quintessential part of the city skyline as the Royal York’s elaborate details cause it to stand out among slews of modern skyscrapers. It was the hotel of choice for Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family when visiting Toronto.
InterContinental Toronto Centre
Located on Front Street close to the C.N. Tower, the InterContinental Toronto Centre is a strikingly unique building with a staircase design leading up to the apex segment of the skyscraper. The hotel is connected to Metro Toronto Convention Centre, making it a convenient choice for business travellers. The building is steps away from Toronto’s entertainment and fashion district
InterContinental Toronto Yorkville
If you are a fashion addict set on discovering Yorkville’s upscale boutiques, the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville is a good place to stay. The hotel’s sleek lines are a study in urban minimalism, while the lit up dome-shape entrance sets it apart from the pack. Skylounge was awarded Toronto’s best patio in 2007. Also in the building is Proof: The Vodka Bar and Signatures restaurant, home to Chef Joe Rabba’s culinary artistry.
Le Royal Meridien King Edward
If vintage architecture and plush Edwardian-style rooms are your thing, Le Royal Meridien King Edward is a good alternative to the Royal York. Although it has an old-style feel, you won’t feel like you’re stuck in the past with high speed internet access, a 1,500-square-foot gym and Nouvelle Maria Spa. Victoria's Restaurant is well-known for its hearty breakfast offerings.
Cambridge Suites Hotel
This stop has a more intimate appeal with its modern boutique-style atmosphere. There are only 12 suites per floor so the staff can easily pamper you with attentive, personalized service. During harsh Toronto winters the indoor access to the subway system is godsend. The location on Richmond Street East, just off Younge places you close to iconic theatres and music halls like Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre and Massey Hall.