The Ivy is Toronto’s most clandestine hotel, one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Located in a restored 19th-century chocolate factory and housed beside the offices of St. Joseph Media (the company that owns Toronto Life magazine), the hotel is an extension of Verity, a private, women-only networking club. Gents, don’t fret! You’re welcome to stay at the hotel along with the ladies. (The spa and fitness facilities, however, are open to women only; the hotel will arrange mens’ use of a fitness facility nearby if requested.) The four rooms are all outfitted with Hastens beds, Bulgari products, heated floors in the marble-accented bathrooms, and spacious balconies overlooking a 19th-century courtyard, home to George Restaurant’s patio. The only difference between rooms? The color palette: green, red, turquoise, or gold. Outside, guests are within walking distance of iconic city landmarks like the Eaton Centre, the Distillery District, Nathan Phillips Square, Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts, and Queen West. The location enables guests to relax in the hotel’s ivy-guarded sanctuary while staying connected to the bustle of downtown Toronto.