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Located in a 15-story high-rise built in 2003, the sleek, contemporary SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto is designed in a neutral color palette with a spectrum of luxe materials and pops of drama, beginning with the vibrant Dale Chihuly glass canopy you’ll walk under at the hotel’s Wellington Street entrance. Inside, Toronto designer Paul Waddell and his firm, Urban Innovations Inc., married modern décor with the ultimate comforts. The intimate lobby, for instance, features warm wood paneling, another large art installation behind the reception desk and inviting seating areas with black leather chairs.
Upstairs in the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star hotel’s 92 guest rooms, the wood panels are lighter — they’re Canadian maple — and the materials softer, with a tall, padded headboard covering one wall, and suede- and leather-upholstered furniture offering plenty of seating. The guest rooms’ shades of brown and beige extend to an 80-square-foot dressing area and all-marble bathroom with heated floors. Each room has large windows — one of which opens to let in fresh air — that allow for city views and lots of light. In fact, natural light is a constant at the Toronto hotel, whether you’re trying out the purpose-built gym, the indoor pool or a meeting room.