The hotel is located on a quiet street just off Bluejays a good 10-minute walk from Queen Street. Although the hotel is in a quiet residential area without much to do in the immediate surroundings, it is a breath of fresh air as the area feels completely different to the rest of the city. Away from madding crowds of downtown Toronto, the hotel nestles between two blocks of flats and looks out onto a grassy area surrounded by low-rise housing.
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- There are 102 rooms in total, all featuring hardwood floors, sleek bright furniture that add a retro Danish touch to the space, and floor-to-ceiling windows, which make the rooms bright, even with a dull winter sky outside. Our favourites were the corner rooms letting in twice as much light and boasting lovely city views.
All rooms have marble bathrooms that are a little on the small side for a hotel of this size, all stocked with Tocca amenities. Linens are all from Sferra, and you can expect to find all the usual mod-cons like a large flat-screen television and an iPod docking station in every room.
There are five room categories to choose from, starting with the King Superior at 377-435 sq ft up to the more flamboyant 2,100sq ft Thompson Penthouse Suite. For the best value, we recommend a King Superior, but ask for the more generously-sized rooms as there really isn't much difference in the lead-in and the higher categories unless you decide to go for the penthouse, of course.
- The enormous glass-fronted Thompson Hotel sits comfortably between a block of flats and low-rise houses. Upon walking into the spacious lobby that runs right through to the bar into the main restaurant, the pull to explore the rest of the hotel is irrestible. Designed by Studio Gaia, the hotel is nothing short of stylish, and with the designers' meticulous attention to detail, the Thompson flies right into our Toronto top five. Well-designed, completely in your face but somehow not too pretentious, the hotel works very well for a varied crowd, from the fashionista to the socialite, for a romantic break or a long weekend with friends or family.
The playful décor helps to break up the open plan design on the ground floor. The bright contemporary furniture lighting fixtures add cheerfulness to an otherwise very grown up hang-out.
Having this much space is great for busy nights, although it can feel a little empty on your regular Monday evening. For something a little cosier, there is the café also on the ground floor just off to the left of the reception area.
Upstairs, you will find the spa area, which considering the size and allure of the hotel, was a bit disappointing as it is tiny. However, there is a huge gym to compensate. There is also a large screening room, which is used during TIFF (Tribeca International Film Festival), a beautiful subdued club in the hotel's underbelly, and if you're after something even more relaxed, then there is the hotel yoga studio - for timings, ask at reception before arrival at the hotel.
For something truly exclusive, then you have to rub shoulders with the right people to become a member of the members-only roof-top bar with the city's only infinity-edged outdoor pool and 360° views of the Toronto skyline - and trust us, it's worth it.
- The beautiful modern Scarpetta restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel is one of our favourite spaces in the city due to its sleek design. An upscale large-capacity Italian restaurant headed by chef, Scott Conant, is an absolute must while in Toronto. Scarpetta is actually the first international outpost of the Italian restaurant, which started out in Manhattan.
For a little variation, there is also the Wabora Restaurant, serving sushi and fusion fare, but for something a little more casual, drop into the Thompson Diner, a modern take on the 24-hour American diner. It serves artisan beers and signature cocktails giving the diner an upscale twist. For a relaxed drink you can hang out in the huge lobby lounge, where you'll have plenty of space to spread out, be it during an intimate rendez-vous or as a group.
- The Thompson Toronto is part of the Thompson group, which has some stunning hotels mainly in North America, including in Miami (formerly the Hyatt Hotel Victor - see our review), New York (see our review), Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, and a brand new take-over of London's Belgraves, the company's first non-North American hotel.