It maintains a glowing reputation for service and opulence on all fronts and is a tip-top urban retreat for luxury travellers, special-occasion celebrants and incognito celebrities.
The hotel is right in the heart of the fashionable Yorkville district, and a two-minute walk from Toronto’s ‘Mink Mile’ of luxury-goods retailers, fine restaurants, galleries and cafés.
The Royal Ontario Museum is a 10-minute walk west and the Financial District is a 10-minute taxi ride south. Many guests rarely leave the neighbourhood. Those who do find themselves conveniently equidistant from uptown and downtown, and a 12-minute drive to the Don Valley Parkway.
Bay Street Subway Station is a one-minute walk away.
The design is timeless, modern and sophisticated, as well as warm and welcoming. Expect vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and acres of mahogany, accented with black and gold. The Four Seasons also celebrates homegrown design talent and artwork, showcasing 1,700 pieces of Canadian art throughout.
The lighting in the entire hotel is so flattering, guests Instagram about it constantly. Visiting celebrities and athletes inject a dash of glamour any day of the week.
Find exquisite service on the grandest scale here; no request is too big or too awkward. These people have seen it all and will bend over backwards to help with anything – insider recommendations, special amenities, special-event requirements… the works.
The sprawling (try 30,000 square feet), the full-service spa is one of the best in town, with 17 treatment rooms and an indoor pool. Changing rooms are massive and luxurious, and incorporate a full lounge, steam room and sauna. A state-of-the-art gym with an adjoining yoga studio is open 24 hours a day.
The expansive 259 rooms and suites, spread over 21 floors, are beyond comfortable.
The design is contemporary, with cosy textures and muted colours, grey rugs and European oak flooring, ample bleached Koto wood veneer cabinetry and windows that actually open. Bedside iPads provide info on restaurants, recreation and special events, and a Bose speaker pumps out ample sound, connecting to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Rooms are also equipped with Nespresso machines. Big bathrooms are clad in Canadian marble and feature a soaker tub, a spacious shower, a makeup/shaving mirror and a television embedded in the main mirror.
Globally renowned Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud created the 120-seat French brasserie Café Boulud on the second floor.
The classic bistro dishes, including whole rôtisserie duck and chicken, were inspired by the type of family-style meals Boulud remembers from growing up near Lyon. Breakfast is also an event here, with delectable Parisian, American, Italian and Canadian-inspired items.
Boulud is also the orchestrator of the bustling bar on the main floor; its lively social scene and excellent menu are a hit with the whole town.
Breakfast excluded; from 19 Canadian dollars (£10.50). Free Wi-Fi.
There are 40 interconnecting rooms, child-sized robes, plush toys, cribs and cots, and special amenities for dogs weighing up to 25 pounds.