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Templar Hotel certainly isn’t lacking in luxurious, personalized amenities. Here are five we love at this luxury Toronto hotel:
1. Monk Restaurant. Located down a large marble staircase from Monk Lounge, Monk Kitchen is part of what makes Templar so special. Helmed by chef Robert Fracchioni and sous chefs Mark Richardson and Tara Lee, Monk Restaurant’s dining room is sleek and minimalist, filled with long high-top tables and bar stools to match; there are even a few seats in the kitchen area, allowing you to watch the chefs work their magic. The culinary concept at Monk Kitchen is simple: Tell the chefs what you’re craving (and what you hate), and they’ll whip up something specifically for you, be it meat, fish, vegetables or pasta. Feeling uninspired? A short menu filled with the likes of a grilled shrimp salad with quail egg, romaine lettuce and piquillo pepper, and lotus fried rice with chicken or shrimp, egg and crispy scallion is on hand to satisfy your appetite.
2. Monk Lounge. Set behind the small reception lobby, Monk Lounge is, like the restaurant below, all about a customized, individualized experience. Here, in place of a formal cocktail list, staff members will happily stir (or shake) up any cocktail you can think of, using high-quality liquors like Johnnie Walker Black Label and Belvedere vodka from behind a white Carrera marble bar. Relax and enjoy your custom-made libation at the end of a long day of sightseeing in Monk Lounge’s library-like ambience, complete with long leather banquettes and an off-white fur-covered armchair atop Honduran Ipe wood floors dotted with cowhide mosaics.
3. Wireless Internet connection throughout the hotel. Templar Hotel wants to put technology to work to make your stay as comfortable as possible, and that includes offering free wireless Internet everywhere on property. Simply enter the password given to you when you check in once, and you’ll be connected no matter where you roam throughout the hotel, be it in your guest room or while kicking back with a glass of wine in the lounge.
4. Onsen spa. The on-property spa at Templar (set to open in summer 2013) offers luxurious privacy that’s hard to come by. Here, for any spa treatment, including a pedicure, facial or massage, the entire spa facility will be reserved for your private use. Onsen offers total seclusion to find your center in the plunge pool, the hot and cold bathing tub and outdoor swimming pool within a relaxing Japanese garden. It doesn’t get much more zen than that.
5. In-room Apple technology. Templar has raised the bar on in-room technology with its host of Apple products stocked in each room upon your arrival. To start, there are no guest room phones here — rather, Apple iPad 2s preloaded with FaceTime are on hand for an easy, one-touch face-to-face connection with the front desk at any time. Simply open the FaceTime app, hit “Concierge,” and you’ll be chatting with a staff member in no time. But the Apple love doesn’t stop there. Small Apple TV boxes are hooked up to televisions to allow you to connect your computer’s downloaded programs to the bigger TV screen, and a backup iPhone/iPod charger is tucked away in the closet to charge your gadgets.