Promises of 5-star luxury, recognizable brands give , ON, glamour boost.


Article by Heather Greenwood Davis

It’s Toronto‘s turn. Sure, there’s been a hotel or two opening here or there over the past few years in Ontario‘s (and Canada’s) Big Apple. But the openings slated over the next two years promise more luxe and excitement than we’re used to. The city that has a reputation for good times, great theatre and gorgeous skylines is upping its hotel offerings with a mix of five-star and boutique properties bound to make everyone’s New Year wish list.

  • Shangri-La: The wait for the 17-floor development has only increased the drool factor among those familiar with the -based chain that also has a Vancouver, BC, location. Promising the most spacious guest rooms in the city (45.4 sq m or 500 sq ft minimum), oversized bathrooms and Asian-inspired décor, the hotel’s fans are eagerly awaiting the 2012 opening.
  • The Ritz-Carlton: A recent water-main break has delayed the planned summer 2010 opening of the hotel, but won’t deter it from hosting a 2,137 sq m (23,000-sq ft) “urban sanctuary” that includes an indoor pool, signature spa, fitness centre yoga studio and so on. When the doors swing open in January 2011, foodies will fall in love with the restaurant’s cheese cave, walk-in wine cellar and open pastry kitchen.
  • Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square: The 167-room boutique hotel is a traveller’s respite in the heart of downtown. Built in the former home of the Maple Leafs hockey team, the hotel is bound to draw in the sports-loving set, who’ll find themselves steps from the Air Canada Centre and next to the Real Sports Bar & Grill once checked in.  A late 2010 opening is projected.
  • Thompson Toronto:  Funky. Swanky. Sexy. This hotel has it all. Chauffeured car service. Rooftop infinity pool. A room that sports both smoked glass and floor-to-ceiling window views of the city. Doors swung open earlier this year.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower: When the 60-storey building makes its debut in 2011, it’s bound to bring out its namesake. The 118 condominium residences and 261 hotel suites will share space on the deep downtown corner. Luxury trappings are a given, but the senior business types it’s bound to attract may enjoy the 1,115-sq-m (12,000-sq-ft) high-tech business centre with screening rooms as much as the two-level, full-service spa.

Courtesy of the Canadian Tourism Commission. Visit www.ontariotravel.net for more information on travel.

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