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Thompson Toronto is located in the trendy King West Village neighborhood of downtown Toronto at 550 Wellington Street West, within walking distance of the city’s business and entertainment districts. The artsy enclave has a low-rise, residential feel — think New York’s Soho or Williamsburg — but is quickly becoming a popular spot to build sleek new towers among the existing warehouses, and this includes the 16-story, all-glass Thompson Toronto. The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel sits across the street from Victoria Memorial Square and is surrounded by boutiques and restaurants that are worth a look. Once you’ve tried Thompson Toronto’s own Wabora Japanese eatery and 24-hour Thompson Diner, head two blocks north to Lee, chef Susur Lee’s hip restaurant serving globally influenced Asian fare. For dessert, walk to Soma Chocolate, where unique treats include wild-fennel-dark-chocolate-caramel twigs — but the simplest Peruvian chocolate will be one of the best bars you’ve had. The boutique hotel is also a convenient base for sightseeing; it’s separate from the high-rise buzz of the main tourist districts but is still only a 15-minute walk or five-minute drive from the CN Tower and the new Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. The three streetcar lines — Bathurst, Spadina and King — surrounding the hotel also shave time off of trips around the city.