Arrival/Check-In: After a morning flight from Philadelphia, I arrived in Toronto and was quickly on my way to Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. My latemorning arrival coincided with the last bits of rush hour traffic as well as some construction, so I arrived at the property a bit after lunchtime. Luckily, check-in was easy, conducted by an especially warm and friendly front desk attendant. And happily, despite being several hours in advance of the normal check-in time, my room was ready. I had to pause a moment upon arrival and on my way to my room to take in the beautiful holiday decorations on display.
Guest Quarters: My superior room was generously sized, with a king-sized bed and plush bedding, a spacious granite bathroom and ample space to work. The room opened into a small vestibule, with the bathroom straight ahead. The bathroom boasted a large rainfall shower, but with a curtain rather than a door; a standalone tub; and quite a bit of counter space. I appreciated the many towels.
Across from the bathroom were closets, and then the hallway opened into the bedroom. To the right was the long dresser/credenza which also housed the minibar and espresso machine, above which was mounted the 55-inch Ultra HD Smart TV. A desk faced the windows, but I preferred to work in the armchair and put my feet up. Outlets were easily accessible. The comfortable bed — I sank into it that night and slept well — was flanked by two nightstands.
Services/Amenities: Café Boulud, helmed by Chef Daniel Boulud, serves cuisine inspired by the chef ’s family meals in Lyon, France, and is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. I enjoyed breakfast there, and you can tell it is a place where businesspeople congregate for morning meetings. The breakfast potatoes were especially tasty. D|Bar, located below Café Boulud, serves a casual dining menu alongside cocktails, beer and an extensive wine list.
I really did have every intention of visiting the eighth-floor fitness facility, open 24 hours a day with room-key access and featuring free weights and cardio equipment, but alas, I never made it there. The Spa at Four Seasons Toronto is temporarily relocated as the space refreshes its guest areas and pool but should reopen March 2018. Massages, facials, body scrubs and more are available.
◆ I arrived a bit after lunchtime and ordered room service — a Caesar salad and chicken noodle soup. When it arrived, I thought, “This is the most beautifully presented hotel room service I’ve ever seen.”
◆ Located in Yorkville, the hotel is convenient to some of Toronto’s best shopping and dining. While my visit was too short and busy to explore, I noted the hotel’s easy accessibility as I arrived and departed.
◆ I am always excited to see a rainfall showerhead in hotels; however, I was disappointed the shower in my guestroom soaked the bathroom floor.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL TORONTO
60 Yorkville Ave.
Toronto, ON M4W 0A4
tel 416 964 0411
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