Photo courtesy Yorkville Royal Sonesta Hotel
Visiting Toronto’s poshest neighbourhood? Contributor Gina Baksa checks out the top Luxury Yorkville hotels in the city’s ritziest area
Historic Yorkville is home to some of the very best hotels in Toronto. This vibrant, upscale Toronto neighbourhood with its fashionable Victorian homes and charming tree-lined streets is a popular tourist hangout.
Grab a coffee and people watch before a saunter among some of the city’s best art galleries and antique shops, then stretch your legs – and the plastic – along the so-called ‘Mink Mile’ of Bloor Street. With its luxury designer shops such Hermes and Louis V, Yorkville is an ideal base for your visit to Toronto with superb restaurants, world-class bars, and luxury accommodations.
Here’s a selection of some of the top luxury Yorkville hotels with a central location that’s perfect for exploring Canada’s largest city.
The Top Luxury Yorkville Hotels
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
The Four Seasons brand needs no introduction: the epitome of sophisticated luxury, the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is one of the top 5-star hotels in the city.
After a hard day’s sightseeing, relax at the indoor pool or book a massage or facial in the Four Seasons Toronto Spa. We love the Presidential Suite with its panoramic views over the Toronto skyline. There’s a well-equipped office area, while the suite can be divided up into separate bedrooms with three full bathrooms.
Toronto has an eclectic restaurant scene, but we recommend staying put and savouring the authentic French cuisine at Café Boulud, one of the top Yorkville restaurants. Helmed by award-winning executive chef Daniel Boulud, the restaurant’s cellar boasts 350 wines.
For further details, visit www.fourseasons.com/toronto/.
The Hazelton Hotel
Located in the heart of Yorkville with its galleries and luxury brand outlets, The Hazelton Hotel is a top Toronto hotel and a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World Group.
Guests can choose from 62 designer rooms and 15 beautifully appointed suites, all with elegant and sensual interiors that pay homage to the glamourous forties: think granite and velvet textures alongside bespoke wooden furnishings. We love the Bellair Suite on the 4th floor. This 1860 sq ft retreat boasts two lounges, a separate dining area and a media centre.
Relax after sightseeing with a personalised treatment at the Hazelton Hotel Spa. You’ll also get full use of the gym area, steam room and fabulous salt-water pool. Toronto celebrity chef Mark McEwan is in charge at The Hazelton’s ONErestaurant offering diners a smorgasbord of French and Italian dishes with intimate spaces for business and pleasure dining.
For further details, visit https://thehazeltonhotel.com.
The Yorkville Royal Sonesta Hotel
A fine example of a Yorkville boutique hotel, the The Yorkville Royal Sonesta Hotel is ideally located in the heart of this trendy district with its luxury stores galleries.
Choose the 1,500ft Royal Suite for a truly luxurious experience with its en-suite bathroom in the master bedroom replete with tub, sauna, and shower. The separate living area is the ideal place to relax after a meal at the hotel’s Signaturesrestaurant with its farm to plate fresh produce.
For further details, visit www.sonesta.com/ca/ontario/toronto/yorkville-royal-sonesta-hotel-toronto .
Park Hyatt Toronto
This luxury Yorkville hotel is due to open late Spring 2021 and enjoys a superb central location near Yorkville’s high-end boutiques, galleries, and fashionable restaurants. Take a walk in Queen’s Park, stop for coffee at one of the area’s many cafés, and take in the history of this wonderful neighbourhood.
The Park Hyatt Yorkville is an ideal luxury base for your stay in Toronto offering guests a fitness centre, an on-site restaurant in the lobby, and the perfect cocktail spot at the 17th floor bar. The epitome of luxury, all 219 rooms and 40 suites at the Park Hyatt Toronto offer guests a sophisticated retreat in the heart of the city.
We love the Presidential Suite: cocoon yourself in 1825 sq ft of luxury in this penthouse suite with panoramic views over the lake and Yorkville. This stunning two-bedroom suite has its own private butler’s pantry, a 55-inch flatscreen for Netflix, and of course a fabulous Nespresso machine.
For further details, visit www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/canada/park-hyatt-toronto/torph.
Windsor Arms Hotel
Originally conceived to blend in with the architecture of its neo-Gothic neighbours, the Windsor Arms Hotel is one of the best hotels near Yorkville and has been welcoming celebrities and royalty since the Thirties.
Guests have the choice of 28 superb suites, and our favourite is the Windsor Suite. Snuggle up on the oversize sofas and enjoy the fireplace, or take your romantic retreat to the master bedroom with its en-suite bathroom… and even a baby grand piano. For total relaxation, head to the Windsor Arms’ spa on the 4th and 5th floors with its heated saltwater pool and unique cleansing salt cave.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the Gatsby restaurant with its fresh, seasonally inspired menu and expansive wine list.
For further details, visit https://windsorarmshotel.com
Kimpton Saint George Hotel
Superbly located, this luxury Yorkville Toronto hotel is the epitome of cool, yet warm and welcoming. Dine at the in-house Fortunate Fox gastropub with its hearty surf and turf menu, accompanied by choice wines, craft beers and sexy cocktails.
A true urban sanctuary appealing to the cognoscenti, choose the King Premier Suite with its raised ceilings, seductive colour palette and luxurious Frette sheets. Vinyl reigns supreme here, so set the decks while you enjoy a soak in the deep tub, before exploring Yorkville’s eclectic nightlife and shopping along Bloor Street’s Mink Mile, as well as Cumberland Street and Yorkville Avenue.
For further details of the Kimpton Saint George Hotel, visit their website at www.kimptonsaintgeorge.com.
Stay in Toronto’s wealthiest neighbourhood at the luxury Bellamond Yorkville hotel and indulge your upscale shopping habit. One of the top Yorkville hotels, the Bellamond is just steps from Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari located on Bloor Street – Canada’s answer to Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue.
Choose from one-bedroom Suites alongside two bedroom / two Bathroom accommodation just half a mile from the University of Toronto. The larger suites are ideal for groups and boast a fully equipped kitchen, a living room sofa bed and two large TVs with premium cable and unlimited US calls. Parking is also available on site.
For further details, visit http://bellamond.com.
The Avalon Yorkville
An all-suite top Yorkville hotel, the Avalon provides guests with a selection of suites with a secure homestay vibe and hotel amenities. Enjoying a central Yorkville location on Yorkville Avenue, the Avalon offers guests a selection of suites.
We love the two-bedroom Panoramic, alongside the two-bedroom Presidential Suite. Bring five friends as there is one single and two Queen beds. There’s free Wi-Fi, Netflix and cable for couch potatoes, while the more active can work off the neighbourhood’s fine food in the hotel gym.
We recommend a visit to the nearby Royal Ontario Museum with more than 40 gallery rooms housing 13 million artworks. And, of course, Yorkville is shopping heaven with its plethora of high-end designer boutiques.
For further details, visit www.avalontoronto.com.
The Anndore House
Toronto hotels don’t come much better than The Anndore House. Eat, sleep work, and play at this funky Yorkville hotel, centrally located at the heart of the action on Charles and Yonge. Unpack in the glorious Master Suite: 550sq ft of artfully designed comfort with a separate living room, exposed brick walls, funk art on the walls and a spacious king bedroom with its own en-suite rainforest shower and CO Bigelow amenities.
Download the Andorre House app and control all the tech including the air temperature in your suite. The Scarlet Door Café is a must for brunch and the guys can get. Trim at The Crow’s Nest barber shop.
For further details, visit https://theanndorehouse.com
The W brand is the epitome of louche, sophisticated chic, so head to Bloor Street East for the latest W to join the family. The W Toronto Yorkville is slated to open April 2021 and will offer all the usual W sophistication: rooftop bar and restaurant, regular live music and DJ series; a coffeehouse at street level, tapas and drinks in the Living Room and extensive free-weights and cardio in the well-equipped gym.
The brilliantly monikered rooms and suites range from the Wonderful to the Extreme Wow one-bedroom – a 1765 sq ft relaxing retreat with free Wi-Fi that also happens to be pet friendly.
For further details, visit www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyzwh-w-toronto/
Contributor Gina Baksa writes about luxury travel, hospitality and adventure lifestyle for various international publications. Number one on her current bucket list is to explore Canada by rail. Follow her adventures at: https://ginabaksa.journoportfolio.com.