The Windsor Arms is an historic blend of nostalgia and new-millennium luxury, tucked away in Toronto’s tony Yorkville neighbourhood. Built in 1927 featuring the neo-Gothic style of architecture the original proprietor, pulp and paper magnet cum hotelier William Arthur Price, sought to create a hotel that blended in with the nearby university’s signature Victorian buildings.
the wherefore: Rescued from derelict status by developer George Friedmann in 1995, he entrusted architect Sol Wassermuhl with a mission: upgrading it to modern five-star luxury. The result was 28 intimate luxury suites (all with musical instruments and fireplaces), mahogany furnishings based on 1920s French styles, limestone bathrooms, and a full spa sanctuary with salt-water pool for 'therapy'.
"The Tearoom", with its original 1927 fireplace, is where ‘afternoon tea’ is served. "The Living Room", with a “Euro-shabby” feel, features antique UK prints, over-sized chesterfields, elegant leather seating, an extensive comfort food themed menu, a vast selection of 60 “crafts and drafts”, and a wine list that has been a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recipient.
logistics: 18 St. Thomas St., in the heart of Yorkville. Accessible from Pearson Airport via limousine, or VIA Rail’s Union Station by limo or taxi.
features: Valet Parking, luggage service luxury spa, 24-hr salt water pool, butler service, iPod docking stations, Nespresso, in-room Wi-Fi. windsorarmshotel.com or 877.999.2767