A contemporary home base in Toronto
92 Rooms / 20 Suites
If you were to design your ideal downtown Toronto high-rise home, it would likely look a lot like SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto. Indeed, the hotel houses 53 long-term rental residences alongside its 92 guest rooms, though those numbers belie the SoHo Met’s boutique feel; all guest rooms are located on the first four floors. This intimate vibe is one of the many reasons the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star hotel is a favorite with Hollywood A-listers visiting for movie projects or the annual Toronto International Film Festival (the discretion of a secret, lobby-bypassing elevator helps, too). Throughout the hotel, local designer Paul Waddell has made the comfort-first choices you’d want for your own home — the extra-large, 47-inch flat-screen HD TVs; windows that actually open; Keurig coffeemakers with to-go cups; Frette linens; convenient doorbells — without sacrificing an ounce of modern style. Custom Canadian maple millwork fills each room’s expansive dressing area, and heated Sahara marble is a welcome material in guest bathrooms.
From the Dale Chihuly glass canopy gracing the hotel’s entrance to Toronto artists’ contemporary paintings in the guest rooms, SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto is a virtual palette of visual drama. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the three-story penthouse. Book this 4,000-square-foot stunner and a glass elevator will whisk you from your top-floor hot tub to your first-floor kitchen, where the teapot you’ll use was originally bought for guest Dame Julie Andrews.
Completing the collection of amenities that will make you feel at home: a light-filled, purpose-built gym in which the equipment is curated by world-class trainer Dalton Brown; Senses Café and Senses Bar to take you from your morning coffee to happy hour; and two new restaurants debuting in 2014. Wahlburgers, set to open in late spring 2014, marks the celebrity Wahlberg brothers’ first outpost in Canada. And though Toronto’s buzzing Entertainment District is just outside, should you need to go further, simply summon the luxury hotel’s morning Lexus car service and have one of the Les Clefs d’Or concierges point you in the right direction.