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Hotel The Ritz-Carlton Hotel 5 star
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Wellington St W 181 M5V 3G7 Toronto, Canada -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

A monumental hotel in size, where guests don't go amiss for anything at all, be it a diverse range of restaurants or wellbeing facilities, everything is right here on site. Located in Downtown Toronto just opposite the Tribeca Film Festival screening venue, the Ritz Carlton is a great choice if you want to be within walking distance of most of the city's attraction and hustle and bustle. The hotel itself has a traditional Ritz-Carlton feel in its large daunting all-marble lobby and high ceilings, but as always, the service is up to scratch, leaving guests with an overall pleasant experience.

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      The Ritz-Carlton   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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      The Ritz-Carlton   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 9.5 /10

    The Ritz Carlton is located right in the centre of town within walking distance of most of the city's attractions between the Financial District and the Arts District. Particularly practical if you are int own for the TIFF (Tribeca International Film Festival), as screenings all happen across the street from the hotel at the Roy Thompson Hall. The airport is about 20 minutes away by car.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    There are 267 rooms in total, which go up to the 20th floor (the rest of the building comprises residential apartments). The rooms situated higher up the tower boast beautiful views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline. Dedicated Club floors are on the 18th-20th, where guests have access to the Club Lounge, free Wi-Fi and Bulgari amenities. Otherwise the lead-in category is a Deluxe at a roomy450 sq ft. The next category up from the Deluxe is the suite, of which there are three types: Corner, at 650sq ft and the ultra luxurious Wellington (1,450sq ft) and Ritz Carlton (2,415sq ft) suites. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, heated floors, luxury Frette linens, large flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations, complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities, spacious Portuguese Estremoz marble bathrooms (with heated floors and bath tubs). Apart from having a separate bedroom and living area, the Corner suites have a king size bed and pull-out queen-size bed, panoramic views and wooden floors. The rooms' neutral palette is fresh but very conservative, as is customary for Ritz Carlton hotels. However, there is no denying that the rooms are some of the most comfortable you will have tried out.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The hotel is typical of the Ritz Carlton brand - a large elegant marble lobby, lots of dining options, a large luxurious spa and fresh neutral colours in the rooms.

    Fans of the group will enjoy this property's fresh edge, but we wouldn't recommend it if you are looking for something a little different with a lively atmosphere. The large glass-fronted and high-ceilinged lobby is a little daunting at first, especially if you are not used to the Ritz Carlton touch. Once past the honey-coloured marble with maple leaf imprints in the floor, is the main dining area lined by a leafy terrace. Upstairs is a popular restaurant, TOCA, where locals and in-house guests like to hang-out for lunch or dinner. It gets very busy so do book.

    Renowned for its top spas around the world, the Toronto hotel is of no exception. With its 23,000ft spa, make sure you put some time aside to try it out - you won't regret it. The well-being area also includes a salt-water pool, gym, steam and sauna - all complimentary for guests.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    There are two main dining options: Deq, which is located through the lobby to the back of the hotel. An elegant option fitted with cream carpets and lavish fabrics, it's the perfect place to while away your time as you relax and unwind. In the summer months, the deck just outside the restaurant is also open and with its huge cosy sofas and leafy surroundings, it's a popular hang-out with locals for an after-work drink. If you fancy something a little livelier, try TOCA, up above reception. The restaurant serves a combination of French and Italian food, all made with as much local Canadian produce as possible. The aromas of sun dried tomatoes and grilled steak will be sure to whet your appetite when you walk in. The décor is contemporary and very different to what you might be used to seeing at Ritz Carlton hotels. With a casual edge, TOCA is a great choice for lunch, dinner or just drinks. Our favourite feature here though, is it sublime cheese room, which you will notice is the centre piece of the restaurant. There is a special cheese menu put together by a dedicated cheese expert - trying a selection of cheeses at TOCA is an absolute must if you don't want to have regrets about your stay here! There is also 24-hour room service.

    To know

    Ritz Carlton hotels usually have a special 'VIK' (Very Important Kids) program, which comes in handy when taking the kids. Ask about this at reception before arrival. For people with restricted movement and/or in a wheelchair, the hotel has special 'barrier-free' rooms. The hotel is non-smoking, including the rooms. Unless you have a Club level room, Wi-Fi access comes at an extra cost.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, spa, beauty salon, massage, keep fit, hammam, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports, water-polo

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Great onsite dining facilities.
    • High standard of service.
    • Central location.
    • The stunning 'urban sanctuary'.

    disadvantages

    • Lack of intimate ambience due to the size of the hotel.

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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