As an internationally celebrated city, Toronto has its fair share of luxury hotels catering to celebs and the well-to-do. But if you’re looking for something more unique, with a boutique feel and artsy flair rather than stuffy grand lobbies, the Thompson Hotel Toronto strikes just the right balance of style and class.
With other properties in New York City, Miami, and Chicago, the Thompson Hotel Toronto was opened in 2010 on the edge of the city’s King West district, the neighbourhood that has become the place to see and be seen. The hotel was designed by Studio Gaia, a New York City architecture and design firm best known for “absorbing and interpreting culture” in their creations. And you feel that as soon as you enter the lobby—the dark hardwood floors contrast starkly with modern accents and bright bursts of the hotel’s signature orange and white colour palette.
When you arrive at the front desk, it’s hard to miss the amazing artwork: a massive hand-painted mural by Spanish artist Javier Mariscal. At first, you think it’s just an abstract cityscape, but when you step back you realize it’s a three-dimensional mural of the Toronto skyline. You find it difficult to pull your eyes from the entrancing work, but when you do the concierge suggests you try the rooftop bar later to see how the art compares to the real thing. He assures you that the sweeping view of the city skyline from the Rooftop Lounge on the 16th floor is worth it, and the hand-crafted cocktails help, too.
In warmer weather, you can take a dip in the 40-foot infinity pool, or lounge the day away in one of the poolside cabanas. Back in your hotel room, floor-to-ceiling windows are a huge part of the hotel’s design and boast more views of the city. If you’re lucky enough to stay in the Penthouse Suite, be sure to enjoy the billiard table!
More recently open at the Thompson Toronto is Colette Grand Cafe and Bakery, one of the most picturesque restaurants the city has to offer. Inspired by the elegance of Parisian cafes and brasseries, its vaulted ceilings, tiled floors, spindly cafe chairs, tufted soft blue banquettes, and gold accents are stylish and sophisticated. On the menu, classic French dishes are equally elegant. Don’t forget to feast your eyes on the viennoiseries, macarons, and delectable French pastries in the bakery.
At the Thompson Toronto, you’re just steps away from nearby art spaces such as the Nicholas Metivier Gallery and the Moore Gallery, as well as one-of-a-kind boutiques along West Queen West, where you could browse for days. If you’re looking for a special package, the hotel offers deals like the Indie Toronto Cinema Experience, where you can enjoy indie documentaries at the Hot Docs cinema, or special screenings at the nearby TIFF Bell Lightbox, home to the Toronto International Film Festival. Before you visit, be sure to check out what’s happening and what’s hot on the Thompson Hotel blog.