SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto

A contemporary home base in Toronto
If you were to design your ideal downtown Toronto high-rise home, it would likely look a lot like SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto. Indeed, the hotel houses 53 long-term rental residences alongside its 92 guest rooms, though those numbers belie the SoHo Met’s boutique feel; all guest rooms are located on the first four floors. This intimate vibe is one of the many reasons the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star hotel is a favorite with Hollywood A-listers visiting for the annual Toronto International Film Festival.

Throughout the hotel, local designer Paul Waddell has made the comfort-first choices you’d want for your own home — the extra-large, 47-inch flat-screen HD TVs; windows that actually open; Keurig coffeemakers with to-go cups; Frette linens; convenient doorbells — without sacrificing an ounce of modern style. Custom Canadian maple millwork fills each room’s expansive dressing area, and heated Sahara marble is a welcome material in guest bathrooms.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto occupies a prime corner in downtown Toronto’s Entertainment District. From the hotel’s location at Wellington Street and Blue Jays Way, it’s a very short stroll east to the neighborhood’s best theaters, restaurants and bars.
  • The city’s legendary Second City comedy troupe — a launching pad for the likes of Gilda Radner, Martin Short and Mike Myers — is a two-minute walk away.
  • For longer journeys, the Toronto hotel is within walking distance of both the streetcar and subway systems, and a house Lexus LS 460 is available for trips within the city’s downtown core on weekdays.
  • Completing the collection of amenities that will make you feel at home: a light-filled, purpose-built gym in which the equipment is curated by world-class trainer Dalton Brown.
Things to Know
  • 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.
  • The design is really on display in the three-story penthouse. Book this 4,000-square-foot stunner and a glass elevator will whisk you from your top-floor hot tub to your first-floor kitchen, where the teapot you’ll use was originally bought for guest Dame Julie Andrews.
The Rooms
  • The 92 guest rooms at SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto are sleek, modern and exceedingly comfortable home bases for exploring the city.
  • Décor in soft shades of brown provides a soothing palette, with plenty of blond Canadian maple wood, soft lighting and colorful artwork to warm up each space — and with windows that actually open to let in fresh air.
  • Thoughtful amenities abound: Wi-Fi is complimentary, bedside controls allow you to dim the lights and close the shades with the touch of a button, a 47-inch flat-screen HD TV (with a Blu-ray/DVD player) swivels to your desired angle and a laptop-friendly safe comes complete with an outlet for charging gadgets.
  • Other indulgences at the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star hotel include Frette linens, a Keurig coffeemaker with Montreal-based Van Houtte coffee and to-go cups, and an 80-square-foot dressing area stocked with an umbrella, iron and ironing board.
  • Sahara marble bathrooms boast heated floors, multi-head showers, deep soaking tubs and Molton Brown bath amenities.
The Restaurants
  • SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto has four eateries, including an Asian-influenced, upscale-casual restaurant adjacent to the existing Senses Bar (where you can also order appetizers and entrées from oysters and flatbreads to rib-eyes and braised pork belly).
  • Taking its cues from the Massachusetts location, Wahlburgers at the Toronto hotel will feature made-to-order burgers crafted with locally sourced and housemade ingredients, and will offer a family-friendly sports bar alongside a seated dining area.
  • Senses Café, the fourth restaurant at the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star hotel, is a lovely casual option open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and desserts.
  • Like all of the SoHo Met’s dining options, the café — with its sleek lines, wood paneling and cushy dining chairs — feels more like an urban escape than a luxury hotel dining outlet.
Getting There
318 Wellington Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3T4
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