A hip scene in Toronto's King West Village
83 Rooms / 19 Suites
Step beyond Thompson Toronto’s gleaming glass façade, and you’ll find that this design hotel is both familiar and fresh. For its first foray outside the U.S., Thompson Hotels exported the hip sense of style it perfected in New York and Los Angeles while incorporating new northern tricks: The 102-room hotel’s reflecting pool becomes an ice rink each winter, a private screening room is a magnet for celebrities during the Toronto International Film Festival and quotes from notable Canadians adorn the walls of each of the hotel’s 16 floors. (Writer Pierre Berton’s contribution: “A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe.”) And that’s just the beginning of what makes this King West Village boutique hotel one of Toronto’s hottest places to see and be seen.
Two onsite eateries — Wabora Japanese restaurant and Thompson Diner — offer vastly different dining scenes, with Thompson Diner serving comfort food such as truffle-oil-topped double mac and cheese 24 hours a day. In the lobby, a strikingly lit bar is the first circle of the Thompson social scene. Begin your night here and mingle with locals enjoying light fare with classic cocktails — toast Thompson Toronto with a maple Manhattan. Then head to the rooftop lounge, exclusive to hotel guests and lounge members, where you can take in unobstructed views of the CN Tower and snuggle in a banquette alongside the infinity pool. Later, on the hip hotel’s lower level, 1812 Lounge is a sultry black-and-red den perfect for bottle service and dancing.
When you’re ready to retire to your guest room at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel, you’ll find all the comforts of home and then some. Dark wood floors and a white-and-brown color palette are brightened with pops of orange — a chair here, a desk lamp there — and floor-to-ceiling windows. A sparkling white-marble bathroom features heated floors, glass-tiled walls and Ren bath amenities. These luxe products will come in handy after you hit the hotel’s 24-hour fitness center or its 889 Yoga and Wellness Spa. Located on the third floor, the yoga studio offers more than 20 classes weekly, with Saturday sessions often taking place on an adjacent wood-planked patio when the weather is warm. It’s just one more way to experience Toronto at this downtown hotel.