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…
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.
Mr 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. 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.’