This boutique New York import made a splash when it opened in Toronto in 2010. Topped by an infinity pool with an enviable CN Tower view, the Thompson quickly became the place to celebrate. Despite hosting many a glitzy fete, it wasn’t until 2016 that the Thompson’s status as the celebratory hotel was cemented. That was the year the NBA made the Thompson its official hotel for All-Star Weekend. Fans swarmed the hotel hoping to spy LeBron in his 5XL Thompson robe, but King James was likely too busy playing pool with pal Chris Paul in the penthouse’s games room to sign autographs. Even standard rooms are chic, yet comfortable. The service is attentive, but not cloying, and the King West location, at the epicenter of Toronto’s clubbing district, is a welcome launching point for seeing the groovier parts of the city. It’s also a short walk from the theater district.