Toronto’s first five-star hotel, the Hazleton, was designed by architectural superstars Yabu Pushelberg and opened to much acclaim in 2007 in the well-heeled Yorkville neighborhood. The discreet, residential-style exterior is a perfect fit for this tree-lined neighborhood of private galleries, designer boutiques, and day spas. Walking into the lobby feels like stepping into a private members' club, albeit one with a splash of vintage Hollywood glamour. Art plays a starring role in the hotel, with its private collection of all-Canadian works displayed throughout. In the front entrance alone there’s a nickel-plated suitcase installation by Bruno Billio and a Sorel Etro statue. The generously-sized rooms are decorated in muted tones of purple and cocoa, with contrasting shades of cream and beige; bathrooms have stunning green marble detail and large tubs. Celebrity chef Mark McEwan’s restaurant, ONE, is a popular place for the Hollywood elite to see and be seen during film festival season.
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Yorkville is known for its high-end boutiques, museums, and art galleries. The renowned Royal Ontario Museum is a few minutes' walk from the Hazleton, and the Frank Gehry–renovated Art Gallery of Ontario just a short cab drive. Guests should wait till they are hungry before exploring the legendary St. Lawrence Market, where they can fill up on Carousel's famous peameal bacon rolls, among other delights. All visitors should also try to experience one of North America’s most fascinating bars, Barchef, where molecular mixology is on the menu and cocktails can come in the form of jelly cubes or foams.
Need to Know
Rooms: 62 rooms, 13 suites; from $465. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Celebrity Top Chef Canada judge Mark McEwan’s ONE restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The menu focuses on contemporary Canadian, Asian, and Italian dishes made with seasonal and local products. It has a candlelit patio and two private dining rooms. Spa and gym details: The basement gym is open 24 hours daily. There is also a lap pool and a steam room, and sessions can be booked with the in-house personal trainer. The spa uses exclusive Swiss Valmont products, and guests can indulge in one of the 150-minute Elixir des Glaciers treatments.
Who's it for: Business travelers seeking exceptional service; city-break shoppers who want to be close to the designer boutiques. Our favorite rooms: The rooms on the south side look out on Yorkville and have full double doors onto a Juliet balcony. The signature Bel Air suite at the corner of Hazleton and Yorkville has a stylish curved-wall living room. Travel in style: The Hazleton has a complimentary house car for trips around the downtown core.