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From its ultra-hip lobby, where oversized velvet chairs beckon and a white-on-black Javier Mariscal mural of the Toronto skyline covers an entire wall, to its scene-stealing rooftop bar, where an infinity pool overlooks the city’s actual skyline, Thompson Toronto is a modern gem wrapped in a 16-story glass box. Designed by New York architecture and design firm Studio Gaia, the hip hotel reflects the company’s artistic but comfort-minded sensibility.
Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows make downtown views a focal point in each of the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel's 102 guest rooms, and splashes of color — bright orange chairs, red stripes on white duvets — pop against dark wood flooring and dark platform beds. Furniture is largely midcentury modern. Mod Egg-style chairs, rolling desk chairs and, in suites, armless couches provide plenty of seating. Whitewashed bathrooms are wholly focused on 21st-century comforts: heated marble floors, rain showerheads, extra-wide sinks and glass-tiled walls. Though nothing is utilitarian — even every light fixture dazzles, whether it’s a filament-bulb chandelier or a drum-shaded bedside lamp — everything has a purpose. Thompson Toronto is one design hotel that pleases art lovers and weary travelers alike.