Completed in October 2012, the new Four Seasons Toronto stands in an enviable location in the heart of Yorkville, where the city comes to shop, dine, and be entertained.
The sleek glass-and-granite Yabu Pushelberg-designed structure stretches 55 stories into the Toronto skyline and holds 259 guest rooms and suites. It has an adjacent, complementary 26-story condo tower you'll yearn to move into after your stay at the hotel. (Sorry, the penthouse is already spoken for; it sold for a cool $28 million.)
In the hotel's public spaces, honeymoon couples may want to linger over the 1,700 paintings, ceramics, wood installations and sculptures commissioned from Canadian artists before entering your private space. And if you're eager to collect works of your own, the hotel's the Art Shopping Concierge can lead you on a private tour of the city’s galleries. Should you prefer to collect wine, the hotel can arrange a tasting tour of the nearby Niagara wine-growing region, where you can savor its renowned ice wines.
Warm refuge from Canadian winters can be found inside the 30,000 square-foot spa, the biggest in the city. It occupies the hotel's entire ninth floor and features several spa suites for couples in addition to an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, areas for mani-pedis and hair styling, and a boutique. The floor below holds a yoga studio and offers Pilates classes. A honeymoon treat, spa treatments for couples in the private suites provide two therapists who work in unison as you relax side-by-side.
As a modern hotel from a company that constantly strives to outdo itself, one of the pleasures that Four Seasons Toronto offers hungry guests is gourmet 15-Minute Room Service (and as an alternative to eating airport food, you can order it to go before checking out).
But don't deprive yourselves of dining at the hotel's Café Boulud, reached via a floating marble staircase that leads up from the lobby. The restaurant, lit by natural light, uses stone floors brought from Ontario quarries and local woods to create a bold, contemporary environment. Under the direction of Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud, the menu combines Mediterranean flavors with French cooking techniques and there are some 350 different wines to choose from. The chef de cuisine is a Canadian who previously worked at DANIEL, Daniel Boulud’s fine restaurant in New York City.
For a light snack or a drink, cozy up to the DB cocktail lounge. Specialty drinks use seasonal, artisanal ingredients, and wine lovers can order from the Café Boulud list. Nibbles range from Canadian cheeses and charcuterie to inventive tapas.