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Introducing: the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto’s newest five-star hotel

(Image: Gizelle Lau)

The glamorous new Ritz-Carlton Toronto is open for business, nearly five years after its groundbreaking in November 2006. The hotel is the first to bear the Ritz-Carlton brand in Canada (Montreal’s Ritz just licensed the name). Housed in a new 53-story structure on Wellington Street West, across from Metro Hall Park and Roy Thompson Hall, the Ritz features 267 guest rooms and suites with a strong contemporary Canadiana theme. Other amenities include Toca, a new restaurant helmed by chef Tom Brodi (formerly of Canoe), Toca Bar, Deq Terrace and Lounge, a 16 treatment-room spa and Toronto’s largest luxury ballroom.

We were there for the opening, camera in hand. Check out our tour of the hotel »

UPDATE: Check out our look at the Ritz-Carlton’s new restaurant, Toca »

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, 181 Wellington St. W. (at John St.), 416-585-2500, .

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  • Silvi

    If the hotel in Montreal has been licensed to use the name, then it also “bears the brand”. Not sure the author understands what it means to license a brand.

  • Phil

    Having stayed at the hotel this past weekend with wife and daughter – I can’t tell you how underwhelming the hotel is. 5 start hotels have that feeling of opulence and finish. Still trying to figure why the bathroom doesn’t have a fan, why door to the toilet (to separate from the bathroom) isn’t private in any manner (3/4 glass door without lock). The pool is small with too many sharp corners that jut out into the smimming lanes and a whirlpool that fits 3 comfortably. The staff while nice, is very young and doesn’t provide the kind of experience, knowledge or feeling of a property that has the character and charateristics of other Ritz namsakes. I’d say the lobby lacks intimacy and privacy for its guests – with a small common space and little in the way of niches to enjoy the company or oneself of a friend without feeling like your’e always on display.