Opened in 2010, this was the first international outpost of the trendy Thompson Hotel chain. Though it has many good features, its best (to my mind), is the sweeping 360-degree view of the Toronto skyline from its roof top. Guests enjoy the panorama from inside the infinity pool (sweet!), at the pool bar, on the comfy deck furniture, or in front of the open-flame heaters that allow the space to stay open longer than most open-air venues in the city. And many of those guests may be bold-faced names. The hotel is a favorite of the folks who attend Toronto's prestigious film fest, as it's convenient to the Entertainment District and has its own 41-seat state-of-the-art screening room. It also features quality fitness facilities and 889 Yoga—a studio and spa with huge deck. There's a street-level 24-hour diner-style restaurant (Thompson Diner), Italian cuisine is served at Scarpetta, and its stylish Wabora Sushi restaurant features a Japanese fusion menu. Guest rooms have a sleek contemporary white design accented with black and orange, dark hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The heated marble bathroom floors are a real treat.
550 Wellington St. West
Our Rating Neighborhood King West Village Transportation Streetcar: King Street west to Bathurst and walk south to Wellington Street Phone 888/55-8368, 416/640-7778 Prices Double $191–$300, suites $379–$3000 Units 102 Amenities 3 restaurants, 3 bars, lounge, health club, outdoor pool, 24-hr room service, babysitting, concierge, pet friendly, some wheelchair-accessible units, valet parking ($20/3 hrs), overnight parking ($38), self-parking ($30/day), Wi-Fi ($15/day) Web site Thompson TorontoBook a Room Now