Amid the city’s recent construction boom, Delta Toronto is now at the heart of a brand-new neighborhood: South Core (or SOCO). The mixed-use area of condos and businesses sits near tourist attractions like the CN Tower. The hotel opened in late 2014, and the Canadian Delta chain is now owned by Marriott.
The 46-floor property lays claim to the title of largest standing hotel in the metropolis (most have residences atop their accommodations). The exterior design, by architect Mansoor Khazerouni of IBI Architects, was inspired by a glass of champagne. Look closely, and you’ll spot white flecks in the blue glass, like bubbles rising to the top of the building. In the interiors, you’ll see subtle odes to Canada, including the stairwell murals of Canada’s landscapes, from the West Coast to the Atlantic, created by artist Adrian Forrow; it’s a visual interpretation of a cross-country journey. The vibrant Brise Soleil mural in the lobby showcases Delta Toronto within the city’s ever-changing skyline. Even the meeting rooms are named after Toronto’s neighborhoods and face the direction of each area.
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Located in the new SOCO (South Core) neighborhood, the Delta Toronto is a stone’s throw from iconic attractions such as the CN Tower (try the thrilling Edgewalk), the Toronto Islands, Ripley’s Aquarium, and Steamwhistle Brewery. It’s steps from the renovated Union Station (and its new outdoor market, Front Street Foods, which will change up between summer and fall); plus the Union to Pearson (UP) Express train. Concert and sports enthusiasts are a short walk to the ACC, Rogers Centre, and Hockey Hall of Fame. To the south is the Harbourfront, complete with the Simcoe Wave Deck and newly revitalized bike and walking paths. In the summer, check out the Canadian National Exhibition (or the Ex), a scenic streetcar ride from the hotel. Farther west, get that Instagram shot on the large-scale canoe in Canoe Landing Park, en route to historic Fort York, complete with a new visitors center. Favorite places to eat include IQ Foods for healthy fare in the PWC Tower, and Taverna Mercatto next door; Citta near Fort York; Susur Lee’s Luckee for elevated dim sum. Bar Hop, up the street, offers craft brew and buck-a-shuck oysters on Tuesday nights. Amsterdam Brewery has a store open until 11 p.m., as well as a patio with views facing the islands.
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Rooms: 567 rooms, 25 suites, 12 executive suites. From $150 (low season); $250 (high season). Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available at the casual SOCO. Duck confit, moules frites, and bison tartare are favorites at this Mediterranean restaurant, helmed by chef Daniel Craig. The pastries are a must, especially the Paris-brest, chocolate pot de crème, and dark chocolate with passion fruit cream. Summer months are ideal for indulging on the patio overlooking Bremner Boulevard. The after-work crowd imbibes at Char No.5, with its list of more than 40 whiskeys, where bartender David Mitton has concocted 37 drinks for whiskey and non-whiskey lovers alike. Spa and gym details: The 24-hour fitness center, located on the fourth floor, features Life Fitness cardio machines and weights, plus CN Tower views. Bring your swimsuit to chill at the pool, and while you swim, take a peek at the UP Express train coming through, or the surrounding downtown skyscrapers. Although there’s no spa, guests have access to the Clarins My Blend spa at the nearby Ritz-Carlton, rated one of the best in the city. Regular fees apply. The Harbourfront is steps away, and its revitalized path is an ideal place for a morning bike ride or run along Lake Ontario’s edge.
Who it's for: This hotel offers great value for business travelers. It’s steps away from Union Station and features over 17 meeting rooms. Families will love the proximity to the city’s attractions, and children 17 and under stay for free if a parent or guardian is in the same room. Kids under 6 eat free from the children’s menu; kids 7 to 12 eat for half-price from the regular menu. The hotel hosts many celebrities and athletes, so if you’re in town for a marathon, concert, or game, this is the ideal place to “star gaze.” Our favorite rooms: The King Corner ModeRooms (rooms ending in 14) are especially notable. Room 1514’s floor-to-ceiling views from the stand-alone bathtub are unforgettable. The ModeSuites are equipped with kitchens and are ideal for longer stays. ModeClub Rooms have access to the Club Lounge, whose special amenities include an enhanced continental breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres, and an honor bar. Good to know: Guests will receive discounts on attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium, the CN Tower, Steamwhistle Brewery, and Mariposa cruises. Looking to explore beyond the neighborhood? Local group Tour Guys uses the Delta Toronto lobby as a meeting point for its free Waterfront tours. The hotel is now connected to the PATH via the brand-new link through the PWC tower. Guests who stay on floors 40–46 will receive access to the Club Lounge on the 46th floor.