While you could be basic and book yourself a classic Swedish massage or a stay at an ordinary hotel suite, you’d be missing out on a whole other hotel experience in Toronto.
With TIFF nearly over, you can bet the celebrities in town definitely took full advantage of some of these services. From a salt cave to a Hollywood-approved screening room, Booking.com is here to help you stay in Toronto like Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington or Nicole Kidman would.
Le Germain Mercer
The Le Germain Mercer is a popular modern hotel located within the entertainment district and has a putting green on its rooftop. Enjoy the view of Toronto’s skyline while hitting a ball or two with your travelling golf buddies or business partners over a drink, in the heart of the city.
The Windsor Arms Hotel
There’s no need to visit Greece when you have the European-inspired spa at the luxurious Windsor Arms Hotel. The hotel brings centuries-old Greek treatments to you with cryotherapy and halotherapy. Cyrotherapy exposes the body to below -110° between one to three minutes via liquefied nitrogen gas. Though it sounds unpleasant, the cold temperature increases blood circulation, oxygen and nutrients and is a popular treatment among A-listers such as Madonna, Christiano Ronaldo, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Aniston. Claimed to be the only hotel salt cave in Canada, the halotherapy involves relaxing in a darkened room while inhaling the salt and negative ions in the air to reduce respiratory ailments, strengthening the immune system and improving skin conditions.
The Drake Hotel
Grab your significant other (or one-night stand?) and head to the Drake Hotel in the trendy West Queen West neighbourhood for a lovers’ paradise. The Drake’s intimate, uniquely decorated suites offer turn down service with cognac, rose petals and you can even order sex toys from the concierge. The “Pleasure Menu” includes the Intimacy Kit (an assortment of condoms), an erotic massage bar, bondage tape, blindfolds and a 24 carat sex toy for a not-so-shy $600.
Omni King Edward Hotel
As the first luxury hotel in Toronto, built in 1903, the Omni King Edward is the perfect venue for a wedding with it modern elegance and palace-like atmosphere. In fact, it was rated as one of the loveliest wedding venues in 2016 by Wedding Bells Magazine. If that’s not enough to convince you, the hotel also offers complimentary honeymoon stays at one of their 14 resort destinations if you book your wedding here.
The Westin Harbour Castle
Sometimes it’s hard to travel without your furry friend. You’re constantly worried if he or she is okay, and let’s face it – you miss the company. Not only is the Westin Harbour Castle pet-friendly, but the hotel provides Westin Heavenly Dog Beds and a complimentary Doggie Welcome Kit that includes useful information and supplies – such as doggie treats – for those travelling with their dogs. The Westin has also teamed up with PawsWay Toronto, where pets and their owners can come together to enjoy exhibits, activities, special events and more.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
With a sleek designed interior, the Ritz-Carlton Toronto gives a sense of serenity within this urban jungle. The hotel achieves this atmosphere with a personal raison d’être to never say no to any request (as long as it’s not illegal!). Just to give you an idea of how far the raison d’être will go, a guest requested a blooming magnolia tree in their suite in Toronto in October (when magnolia trees generally don’t bloom) and the Ritz made it happen. Now THAT is five-star service.
The Four Seasons
This recently renovated five-star hotel in Yorkville is on trend with the traditional Chinese gua sha and cupping therapy – a highly sought after traditional treatment by many celebrities and Olympic medalists including Justin Bieber, Kim Kardarshian and Michael Phelps. The Four Seasons Hotel offers the holistic body treatment that includes a 30-minute in-depth assessment of your current health, followed by a one-hour treatment. Cupping, a method to help with pain, inflammation, and blood flow, involves placing glass cups over the skin to create a mild suction effect so skin rises and blood vessels expand. Gua Sha, on the other hand, involves scraping the skin to stimulate blood flow and healing. Both techniques cause light bruising, so don’t be alarmed!