What I love about Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is that the staff never tries to say no to a guest request, they always ask how they can accomplish it. I think this is why my recent stay at The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto still stands out so much.
After staying in what feels like a million hotels – it’s the little details that keep the Four Seasons at the top of my list. Housekeeping was so nice to leave a bookmark, when they noticed that Paul was using a receipt to keep the page marked in his book. On checkout day, they left three clear TSA-approved ziploc bags next to my toiletries for my carry-on bag. The staff truly anticipate every need before you even know you need it. That’s the stuff I really begin to notice now and that’s what separates this luxury hotel brand from the others.
The Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto features 217 guest rooms and 42 suites at 55 stories and only recently opened in 2012. The adjoining residential tower is home to some pretty serious condos with 210 units and both buildings were built from the ground up. This brand new hotel replaced the cement block that was the former Four Seasons just south of the new location.
The decor is very modern and cool – not stuffy at all. I liked the lightness of it all with an undertone that made you just want to relax.
The hotel is located in the heart of Yorkville, close to my favourite shops like Teatro Verde, Over the Rainbow, Anthropologie and Pusateri’s. If you have time, wander over to Dynasty Chinese Cuisine (they hosted my wedding reception) for some of the best dim sum in Toronto or have a drink at Café Nervosa’s rooftop patio.
Bloor Street is just a five-minute walk away and is considered to be Toronto’s Fifth Avenue – think lots of high-end shops like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany’s and such. But the gem of them all is Holt Renfrew – a Canadian department store similar to what you would find at Saks or Nordstrom. The location of the Four Seasons Toronto has everything you need in walking distance and is close to a subway station if you need to hop downtown.
If you’re feeling a little sluggish or have the opportunity to sleep-in, definitely order yourself up some room service breakfast. I was definitely NOT disappointed. I ordered the Healthy Breakfast option which included an egg white frittata with goat cheese, tomato and asparagus. I could never get my eggs this fluffy at home! My meal came with a skinny latte, a glass of carrot orange juice and a homemade muffin. It was one of the BEST room service breakfasts I’ve had in a long time.
The next day I indulged in a true Montreal-style bagel with cream cheese, lox, capers and onions. I’m pretty sure no one eats bagels in LA. They’re always in the sale bin. But a visit to Canada would not be complete with one of these bagels and a large cup of coffee.
My breakfast fruit platter was beautifully presented and could easily be shared! Paul had to leave for work every morning and missed out on all the fun. But, he was able to order a blueberry power smoothie to go every morning and it was waiting for him at the front desk in a to-go cup on his way to work. Now THAT is an amazing service. Not a fan of blueberry? I’m sure the kitchen could whip up anything you want for you – you just have to ask. It’s the little things that keep me coming back to the Four Seasons brand and I never hesitate to recommend a property if someone was asking for my favourite hotel.
Since I was working on a crazy social media report and took on two new clients that week, I saw more of my hotel room that I did Toronto. I had the pleasure of dining in dBar for lunch – the casual dining restaurant in the hotel by renowned Chef Daniel Boulud. It’s the perfect place for a lunch meeting in Yorkville or to linger over some after-work drinks in this Yabu Pushelberg-designed space. I opted for the delicious Cobb Salad with Gulf Shrimp (above).
The fine dining restaurant, Cafe Boulud is also a fantastic dinner option. I’ll be doing a full write-up on the blog in the next few weeks.
A view of the grand ceiling in the lobby (left) and the two towers that make up the Four Seasons Toronto (right).
The indoor pool and chaise loungers. Read my full review of the Four Seasons Spa Toronto + my couples massage here.
Pricing-wise, the rates are in line with what you would pay at a luxury hotel. It’s definitely splurge-worthy or fitting for a special occasion celebration. Whether it’s a staycation, work or a vacation to Toronto – you will not be disappointed with a stay at the Four Seasons Toronto. For more information:
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
60 Yorkville Ave
M4W 0A4 Toronto
Tel: +1 416-964-0411
Fax: +1 416-963-6902
Disclosure: My media visit was hosted by the Four Seasons Toronto, however the opinions expressed in this post remain my own.