The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
What it is
A recently revamped 263-room urban idyll, complete with a Clarins spa and Canada’s only cheese cave.
What it isn't
Sluggish. Guests are pampered with assistance from a 24-hour concierge, 24-hour in-room dining, twice-daily housekeeping, and gratis house car service for quick whirls around town.
What we think
Some 400 pieces of Canadian art dot this retreat—including blown-glass light fixtures by Jeff Goodman—so if you think it’s just another business hotel, think again. Guest rooms are nothing short of gynormous (starting at a whopping 450-square-feet), and their livability continues in their amenities—including bathrooms lined in Portuguese Estremoz marble, 400-thread-count Frette linens and African Anigre wood millwork at every glamorous turn. Though the Italian restaurant, Toca (helmed by Oliver Glowig) is obligatory due to that cheese cave, so too is the Ritz Bar, where guests and locals alike beeline for nitrogen martinis a la Bond—James Bond.
You're here because
The hotel’s afternoon tea is legendary, thanks to a menu curated by tea sommeliers (yes, that’s a thing) and dishes like curried chicken tacos with Branston crema, jicama and cilantro.
Like the hotel itself, you find the spa—an outsized 23,000-square-feet—is next-level. Your eyes actually pop when you learn there’s a scented vitality pool and champagne nail bar, but when your treatment starts—a mud wrap and a white jasmine body scrub—you can’t help but languidly close them and actually fall asleep. If this is heaven, you’ll do everything right to stay. Forever.
Restaurants & Bars
TOCA Restaurant - Handcrafted Italian Cuisine
Ritz Bar - Tapas
DEQ Terrace and Lounge - Authentically Local Cuisine
Ritz Bar - Experience nightlife in this distinctively urban ambiance in downtown Toronto
DEQ Terrace and Lounge - An urban outdoor oasis, nestled in Toronto’s downtown core with a breathtaking view
Toronto is home to a myriad of outstanding children’s experiences, from the new Ripley's Aquarium of Canada to the fascinating discoveries waiting at the Ontario Science Centre. Toronto’s children’s highlights include:
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada - Come spend the day with 16,000 fishy friends at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for a memorable day under the sea! Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is a 12,500 square-metre (135,000 square-feet) world-class family attraction with more than 5.7 million litres (1.5 million gallons) of water depicting marine and freshwater habitats from around the world.
Hockey Hall of Fame
For the kid that loves hockey, the Hockey Hall of Fame is dedicated to the history of ice hockey, it is both a museum and a hall of fame. It holds exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League (NHL) records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup.
Ontario Science Centre
The Centre has several hundred interactive and passive exhibits throughout the buildings.
Science fun for our youngest visitors! Kids eight and under, along with their caregivers, can play and learn in an area designed just for them.
TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace
Join us for another interactive adventure! At TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, kids can engage with emerging creative media technologies and share innovative artistic experiences.
Metro Toronto Zoo
Encompassing 287 hectares (710 acres), the Toronto Zoo is the third largest in the world with areas such as the Kids Zoo, Waterside Theatre and Splash Island. The zoo is currently home to over 5,000 animals (including invertebrates and fish) representing over 491 distinct species.
Canada's Wonderland is a 330-acre (1.3 km2) theme park. The park is open seasonally from May to October and contains more than 200 attractions. Notably, with 15 roller coasters, the park holds the record for the most roller coasters in one park outside of the United States.
In tony Old Toronto, across the street from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Roy Thomson Hall—and about three blocks from an outpost of Momofuku Noodle Bar.