With the TIFF red carpet rolling out for the likes of Naomi Watts and swoon-worthy Justin Timberlake, Toronto is getting to dazzle the stars and show off what Drake has been rapping about.
This doesn’t just mean taking them to the best restaurants and attractions the city has to offer. It’s also about providing them with the most luxurious and lavish suites to stay in, complete with five-star service.
Booking.com – who knows more than a thing or two about incredible places to stay – has the low-down on where your favourite celebrities could be spending their downtime during TIFF.
It’s no surprise that A-listers like Jake Gyllenhaal, Dakota Johnson, and Jessica Chastain stayed at this stylish and luxurious accommodation last TIFF. Tucked in a prime spot right by all of the action and entertainment district, the property’s Shangri La Suite is fit for Hollywood’s elite. Offering the ultimate TIFF oasis, the suite comes with a spacious dining room, living room, private balcony – and most importantly, a walk-in closet perfect for all those red-carpet outfits. Finally, thanks to a private entrance for the personal butler, famous guests can enjoy ultimate privacy.
With a reputation as one of the most luxurious hotel brands, the Ritz-Carlton Toronto is destined to have an exclusive suite. The Ritz-Carlton Suite, with expansive living quarters and a breathtaking view of Lake Ontario, oozes a sense of refined taste. With a fitness area in the suite, celebrities can get their sweat on in complete privacy. Features such as dual vanities, an in-mirror bathroom TV, complimentary garment pressing and food presentations throughout the day are sure to help a celebrity prep for their big night.
On the hotel’s top level, the Royal Suite embodies its name. With a dramatically long living area, full wall of windows and 180-degree view of the northern cityscape, this accommodation is suitable for any member of Hollywood’s royalty. Whether the stars are travelling solo or with their entourage, this breathtaking suite is available as a one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom suite. The in-room iPad allows access to all Four Seasons services, so guests can take advantage of the spa, 24-hour in room dining, shoe shine or multilingual concierge for the international stars.
Noted as the first luxury hotel in Toronto and inspired by the 1940s Hollywood glitz and glamour, the Hazelton hotel’s Yorkville location is the ultimate hotspot for A-listers like Justin Bieber. In addition to the lavish bedroom and powder room, the Bellair Suite features an 80 square foot dressing room made of exclusive zebra wood, two lounge areas, a dining room and a media room. This suite was built for movie lovers with a wireless touch screen remote media controller plus a surround sound throughout the living area. Celebrities can sit back, watch movies in privacy and relax with L’Occitane amenities.
Located on the 40th floor, former Oscar winners and nominees staying at the Trump Sky Suite can figuratively reach for the stars (no pun intended) and bask in Toronto’s mesmerizing skyline. This suite includes a master bedroom with a five piece ensuite and a second bedroom with a three piece ensuite — perfect for a celebrity’s hair and makeup team. Guests can end their glamorous TIFF parties at this sought-after accommodation with a turn down service, Italian Bellino linen, an extensive pillow menu and overnight dry cleaning.
With a complimentary luxury sedan service, celebrities can arrive at this boutique hotel located in the heart of the entertainment district and take a private glass elevator to the extravagant three-storey Penthouse Suite. The floor-to-ceiling windows, multiple fireplaces and rooftop terrace with a built in hot-tub offers guests a modern retreat. After many press interviews, the stars will want to relax, whether it’s in their Kohler Sok infinity tub with chromatherapy or at famous chef Susur Lee’s restaurant Luckee.
Located in the chic Yorkville neighbourhood, this fashionable hotel’s Algonquin suite can provide Hollywood elite with 2,500 square feet of decadent accommodation. The marble foyer, with a view of Yorkville, welcomes guests into the luxurious world of TIFF. For those celebrities seeking to entertain, the dining room’s entertainment centre features a DVD/CD stereo system, a striking wood-carved dining table for eight people and a wet bar with stools. On the other hand, guests can seek privacy and relaxation from their busy schedule (or their entourage) with a bedroom area that has its own sitting area.
The trendy Thompson hotel, located in the King West village, is ideal for the celebrity who likes to be near the city’s hottest restaurants, bars and art galleries. The penthouse suite, sounding as luxurious as it is, has floor-to-ceiling windows with 270 degree city views, Luton lighting and multimedia work stations so guests can entertain. When not choosing from the suite’s extensive movie library or blowing off steam at the billiard table, A-listers are sure to revel in the Thompson’s famous rooftop bar and infinity pool.
This newly renovated hotel will make any celebrity feel like Toronto royalty as soon as they experience the truly majestic lobby. The two-bedroom Royal Suite not only has a large living area and wet bar, but a dining room so grand it can fit up to 16 people. Whether celebrities seek to have meetings while in the city or meet up with their other A-list pals, this decorative suite is ideal for entertaining.
For celebrities who are homesick, sometimes a hotel just won’t do. The Atlantis Suites, situated in downtown Toronto, is the perfect escape for a celebrity seeking ultimate privacy. While still offering some of the same services as a luxury hotel, these private suites can make anyone feel at home. The comfortable, carpeted bedroom is segregated from the living area by sliding glass doors, which can be opened up to create an airy, open space if the celebrity is having company.
No need to hide from paparazzi here. Though situated in the celeb-filled neighbourhood of Yorkville, this self-catering accommodation offers a sense of privacy that may not be achieved at a hotel. The bright, spacious apartment is not only modern and fashion-forward, but there is an on-site fitness centre and sauna so the stars can access essential services without leaving the apartment building. While the rooftop may be communal, guests can still enjoy the view while taking advantage of this alternative accommodation.