Born in the 1980’s, boutique hotels gained popularity throughout North America and the United Kingdom with their intimate settings and luxurious facilities. Often referred to as design or lifestyle hotels and as “love hotels” in Japan, they offer exactly that- unique design and lifestyle elements that won’t be found in large hotel chains.
The concept of boutique hotels has been adopted around the world, especially in city destinations like London, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and now Toronto. The new generation of travelers want to experience luxury without the cookie-cutter accommodations. But these aren’t just places to eat, sleep and stay- they are where urban dwellers go to experience art and design, culture and cuisine. So before you check in, check out 12 of Toronto’s most venerated and beautiful boutique hotels.
Located in the heart of downtown, Cambridge Suites offers guests an initiate boutique-style atmosphere, providing guests with the right level of attention to detail. Aside from offering spacious rooms for the price of standard rooms, Cambridge is within walking distance of the hottest sights and sounds in Toronto, including the Eaton Centre, Air Canada and Yonge-Dundas Square.
Cambridge Suites is located at 15 Richmond Street East
Blending ancient healing philosophies with contemporary luxury, the Cosmopolitan Hotel invites guests to immerse themselves in the natural energies of this boutique hotel. The Cosmopolitan allows guests to rediscover the essence of balance within the hotel as they experience intimacy and quiet sophistication while transforming the constant city sounds into gentle murmurs. A study in “Urban Zen,” found that this is one of the healthiest hotels in North America.
Cosmopolitan Hotel is located at 8 Colborne Street
Recognized internationally as Canada’s premier Art Hotel, the Gladstone Hotel dubs as a historical landmark and as part of a contemporary art scene. The hotel houses 37 unique artist designed guestrooms. Although the rooms are smaller than today’s standard hotel rooms, The Gladstone’s 100 year architecture and original floor plans have been maintained (with minor tweaks here and there ). Each room at the Gladstone is unique in style and size with high ceilings and eclectic design, giving each one its own personality .
Gladstone Hotel is located at 1214 Queen Street West
Hotel Le Germain
Built on a philosophy of authenticity and elegance, Hotel Le Germain in Toronto strives to provide their guests with a home away from home. The decor is stylish but understated and inviting, creating a unique experience for your senses. The marriage of wood, glass and ceramics is the result of an inspired and inspiring design, centered on guests’ relaxation and wellbeing.
Hotel Le Germain is located at 30 Mercer Street & Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square is located at 75 Bremner Boulevard
Designed by renowned Canadian architect J.P. Hynes in 1909, and constructed as Toronto’s first fireproof building after the Great Fire of 1904, the hotel first opened as the “Hotel Mossop” and was renamed the “Victoria” in the 1920s, paying homage to the Queen. This newly renovated 56-room boutique hotel in the heart of Toronto’s financial and theatre district is just steps away from major attractions. With over a century of success, the Hotel Victoria is recognized as Toronto’s most revered boutique hotel.
Hotel Victoria is located at 56 Yonge Street
Pantages Hotel & Spa
Consistently rated as one of the city’s most desirable places to stay, the Pantages Hotel is just steps away from all the arts and entertainment downtown Toronto has to offer. This chic all-suite boutique and spa embodies the concept of urban luxury in stunning fashion. It is a genuine architectural jewel, with it’s interior and exterior reflecting the energy and brilliance of its vibrant city surroundings.
The Pantages Hotel is located at 200 Victoria Street
Whether you call it a luxury, boutique or design hotel, the SoHo Metropolitan is one of Toronto’s finest. Indulgent yet artfully subdued, the Toronto hotel, otherwise known as ‘the SoHo Met” is a vibrant scene. From the marble floors and three storey loft style penthouse, to culinary delights and triple Italian bed linens, the SoHo Metropolitan offers stunning interiors and ambiance that exceed expectations every time.
The SoHo Metropolitan is located at 318 Wellington Street West
The Drake Hotel
Since opening on Valentines Day in 2004, The Drake Hotel has become much more than just a hotel. In Toronto The Drake is a cultural, entertainment and hospitality landmark that has become a hub for visual and performance art and culinary experiences. With a Sky Yard rooftop patio, art exhibits and live music, The Drake has created an urban retreat where travelers and culture seekers meet and has redefined Toronto’s boutique hotel experience.
The Drake Hotel is located at 1150 Queen Street West
The Hazelton Hotel
Toronto’s Hazelton Hotel is one of the city’s most exclusive five star hotels, setting new standards in style, detail and service. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg, the 62 beautifully designed rooms and 15 suites with nine-foot ceilings possess sexy and dramatic interiors, all inspired by 1940’s Hollywood glamour. The spacious Hazelton isn’t just a luxury escape; it has become a cultural catalyst in the heart of Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood.
The Strathcona Hotel
Guestrooms and suites at The Strathcona Hotel combine style and substance. Whether you’ve come to stay, play, work, meet or explore, the Strathcona was designed for the contemporary wireless world and is conveniently located across the street from Toronto’s Union Station. They believe rules were made to be broken (if it means keeping their guests happy) and strive to provide a fresh, functional and fun atmosphere.
The Strathcona Hotel is located at 60 York Street
The distinctive, luxurious and eclectic Thompson Hotel represents a unique brand of luxury for a new generation of travelers. Located in a diverse and artistically driven neighborhood adjacent to Toronto’s financial and entertainment districts, The Thompson (as it is referred to by many Torontonians) offers 102 ultra sleek guestrooms with hardwood floors and floor to ceiling windows. If you’re checking in, don’t forget to visit the rooftop pool and bar- it has a stunning view!
Thompson is located at 550 Wellington Street West
Windsor Arms Hotel
Consecutively voted the #1 hotel in Toronto by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, the Windsor Arms, fuses historic and new-millennium amenities together to create a delicate balance of old-world charm and modern decadence. The building dates back to 1927 when the University of Toronto, neo-Gothic buildings prevailed as architectural marvels. What was originally designed to blend in with the university’s signature Victorian buildings is now home to 28 newly appointed luxury suites with 24-hour butler service.
Windsor Arms Hotel is located at 18 Saint Thomas Street