Conveniently located near the subway, museums, and upscale boutiques and galleries of Toronto’s swish Yorkville neighborhood, the Park Hyatt Toronto originally opened in 1929. Seventy years later, a south tower was added to the hotel, with the art deco–influenced lobby space linking the two. The spacious rooms have a soothing palette of pale peach, dusky pink, beige, and gold. The Annona restaurant has a similarly rich color scheme, boldly decked out in shades of plum and gold, with plush banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Yorkville. The 18th floor offers sweeping views over Queens Park and the CN Tower, but the main attraction may be the Roof Lounge’s bartender, Joe Gomes: He's been shaking up cocktails here for the past 50 years, so guests can order a martini from a man who knows how to make them just right. A host of other extras, including complimentary town car service within a five-kilometer radius, free Wi-Fi, and even a kosher kitchen, add to the hotel's charms.
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Surrounded by some 700 upscale boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, the Park Hyatt Toronto is just over the road from the fascinating Royal Ontario Museum (with a dodo skeleton on display), and a five-minute cab ride from another of the city's premier museums, the Art Gallery of Ontario. In the nearby Garden District is the historic Massey Hall; luminaries from Winston Churchill and the Dalai Lama to Justin Bieber and Neil Young have appeared on its stage, and virtually every Torontonian has a story about an amazing gig they saw there.
Need to Know
Rooms: 291 rooms, 45 suites; from $405. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Annona is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. Award-winning chef Joan Monfaredi is at the helm, cooking up gourmet international cuisine. Brunch is offered on weekends; the French toast drenched in Quebec maple syrup, with a side of the justifiably famous double-smoked bacon, is a must-try. At the northeast corner of the hotel, Morton’s of Chicago is open for lunch and dinner, specializing in steaks. The Roof Lounge on the 18th floor has a comprehensive cocktail menu, alongside snacks and Cuban cigars. There’s a Second Cup coffee shop in the lobby. Spa and gym details: The fitness center is accessible 24 hours a day. The award-winning Stillwater Spa offers a range of treatments in a 10,000-square-foot urban retreat that includes saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, and private cabanas with plasma TVs.
Who's it for: Business and corporate travelers; luxury shoppers keen to explore Yorkville’s "Mink Mile." Our favorite rooms: Created by Canadian interior designer Sarah Richardson to help raise awareness about breast cancer and prostate cancer, the Pink Room and the Blue Room are decorated as their names suggest. A percentage of the sales go toward helping to fight the diseases. Jogging tours: Guests can get away from the treadmill and take a guided running tour of Toronto with the hotel’s running club.