Hotel of the week: The Hazelton Hotel

This week, we’re donning our snoods* and heading to Canada, home to mountie, moose and maple. Toronto is a  shimmeringly clean city of towering high-rises, and, in winter, has that kind of fresh chilly air that makes you glad to be alive (and wearing a coat). It’s a also a great place to do your Christmas shopping, and certainly beats Oxford Street on, well, any day of the year. As for where to stay while you’re exercising your AmEx, there’s only one option (well, actually there’s two, but we’ll talk about The Drake on another Hotel of the Week). Dress nicely, folks, and try not to gawp too much at The Hazelton Hotel

Style Glossy grey, fully glamThe Hazelton hotel, Toronto, Canada
Setting Well-to-do Yorkville

Why this week? Aside from the fact that – as long as you’ve wrapped up nice and toasty – Toronto is enchanting this time of year, there are tons of reasons to hit the Hazelton. Get there before 30 November, and Smith members can claim a chunky 25 per cent off Superior or Deluxe rooms, without missing out on a free bottle of champagne and CA$50 credit in the hotel’s spa. How many more perks and presents do you need?

Our favourite bit We’re especially enamoured with the bathrooms (we’ve already raved about them on our top 10 best hotel bathrooms post last year), which are huge, walled in green granite and stocked with so much Bulgari you could flood the sink with product. Just because we’re sweet for the ensuites doesn’t mean we wouldn’t give the bedrooms their due, however. With gigantic private zebrawood dressing rooms and dining areas, the Hazelton and Avenue Suites are fit for a rock star. Although if you’re a real entourage-brandishing superstar, the Bellaire Suite has additional lounge areas and is kitted out with glassware, cutlery and dishes for guests who have a longer stay in mind.

The Hazelton Hotel, Toronto, CanadaMr and Mrs Smith say ‘This stylish superstar-loved Toronto hotel lays the luxury on thick from the get-go. Slink past its sleek limestone exterior into a polished marble lobby – the perfect backdrop for such a glamorous clientele, and setting a tone that you would expect from a Yabu Pushelberg-designed hideaway. The Mark McEwan restaurant, One, is among the city’s finest eateries, on a par in excellence with the acclaimed spa and its beautiful mosaic-tiled swimming pool. As for the spacious bedrooms, they are undoubtedly Toronto’s most chic. Indeed this is a sybarite’s paradise – a world where ensuites are astonishingly sprawling and pillow-top mattresses are clad in 300 thread count linen. The Hazelton, Toronto, Canada So, even if you don’t arrive an A-lister, you’ll leave feeling like one, especially during Toronto Film Festival when the industry’s movers and shakers make this hip hotel their mothership. As tempting as it would be to stay enveloped in such opulence, with Toronto’s leading galleries, boutiques and restaurants on your doorstep, it’s not as painful to prise yourself out of the Hazelton as you might think. Although you’ll soon be lured back to the luxe.’

*Please note, Team Smith in no way condones the actual wearing of snoods. This was a figure of speech.


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Before joining Mr & Mrs Smith, managing editor Anthony Leyton was at The Independent, writing about universities for the Push Guides. As you can imagine, it was a tough task persuading him to exchange league tables for luxury holiday retreats and halls of residence for hip hotels. Anthony has penned pieces for publications both top-drawer (The Telegraph) and top-shelf (Fiesta), and he has had a love of travel ever since he found bullet holes in the walls of a hotel room in New Orleans. He also has too many pets. But that's another tale altogether.

There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Kate at 7:33 pm

    Is it ok to wear a snood if you’re skiing? Scarves can be treacherous…

  2. George Alexandrou at 10:33 pm

    Love the Hazelton and it is my go to choice for my Toronto guests. Had a honeymoon couple stay there and had some extra special needs of their concierge department. They came through with flying colors.

  3. Great food places at 11:48 am

    Hey beautiful hotel chosen of a week.. Lovely view shown in the post…

  4. Hotels in at 11:35 am

    This is an amazing hotel with outstanding service. It has heated floors and some rooms with a giant bathtub. The balcony view is great with the Toronto’s hot spots. It has a 5 Star Service within a trendy and exciting hotel. The location cannot be beat and the food quality is top of the game.

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