- Four Seasons: This internationally renowned luxury brand was born in Toronto. In 2012, hotelier Isadore Sharp hit the refresh button when he opened Four Seasons' 90th location in his hometown, replacing the original. Toronto’s new Four Seasons caters to old-money tastes (read: subdued opulence) with twice-daily housekeeping visits, Canadian limestone bathrooms featuring freestanding soaker stubs, and floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the city.
- Shangri-La Hotel Toronto: The glittering exterior of this 66-story hotel-condo belies its peaceful interior, a luxe respite from the tumult of the city. The Shangri-La brings Hong Kong panache to Toronto: Cherry blossoms adorn wallpaper and consoles, while Chinese tracery patterns are found on doors, knobs, and carpets. The furniture, too, looks Qing Dynasty regal. Opulent details include raw silk-upholstered walls and marble from around the world. Sun-drenched marble bathrooms are spectacular, but the best luxuriating happens on the fifth floor in the Turkish-inspired Miraj Hammam. Between the lush tropical plants, waterfall feature, and private cabanas, the place feels more Bali beach resort than downtown Toronto.
- The Anndore House: Silver Hotel Group has transformed a once-shabby budget hotel into an 11-story boutique experience that bills itself as a “fusion of our quirky past with modern style.” The sleek suites designed by Cecconi Simone have been given an industrial-loft feel thanks to exposed brick and midcentury modern furniture. Rooms have such thoughtful touches as C.O. Bigelow toiletries, Crosley turntables (plus a few records), and plush robes.
- Broadview Hotel: To say the old Broadview Hotel was rundown after a decades-long stint as strip club would be a gross understatement. Fortunately, this Richardsonian Romanesque beauty of a building was rehabilitated to its turn-of-the-20th-century glory in 2017. The 58 guest rooms, transformed by local firm DesignAgency, could double as Wes Anderson movie backdrops. Bespoke furniture made from dark woods are balanced with pops of color: a bold floral wallpaper here, a magenta curtain there.
- Hotel X: Walking distance from Billy Bishop Airport, this 404-room hotel has more amenities than a five-star Cancun resort: two rooftop pools, four tennis courts, nine squash courts, four restaurants, two libraries, a spinning studio, a yoga sanctuary, a spa, and a beer garden. Children and pets are a priority here, with designer dog beds for Fido and a sprawling indoor play area for the kids.
- St. Regis: The A-list meets pomp and tradition in this deliciously luxe property, opened in 2018 and the brand's first foray into the Canuck market. Butlers are on hand to shoulder the mundane details of modern life—giving you more time to sip high tea on weekend afternoons, have a cocktail in the 31st-floor restaurant, or simply swaddle yourself in your room in silky Italian linens.
- The Gladstone Hotel: This groovy hotel is moderately priced overall, and a locale along West Queen West, the many bars, lounges, and restaurants on-site (and nearby), and friendly service make for a fun stay. Each of the 37 artist-designed rooms is distinct, making every visit special.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.