6 Toronto Hotels Guaranteed to Bring You a Unique Experience

Joanne Latimer | June 29, 2018

There's nothing wrong with staying at a big brand-name hotel...unless you want an out-of-the-box experience. These hotels offer something novel, from salt caves and cheese rooms to art installations and regal finery.

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Gladstone Hotel

Why it made the list

With 37 guest rooms designed by different local artists, the Gladstone is a one-off. It's one of the oldest hotel buildings still operating as a hotel in town, featuring its meticulously restored Victorian (1903) elevator--perhaps the last hand-operated elevator in Toronto. Quirky and full of characters, the Gladstone has an eclectic charm like no other.

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The Drake Hotel

Why it made the list

Part hotel, part art hub and creative incubator, The Drake is a rare find. This cultural hotbed is proud to curate on-site art installations, exhibits and murals. It's also bold about being sex positive, offering a "pleasure menu" of items like lube, feather ticklers, vibrators and a suede flogger.

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The Omni King Edward

Why it made the list

Where Anastasia Romanov would stay, The Kind Eddy is an ode to noble refinement. Witness the Cinderella ballroom (restored to its gilded splendor), the grand staircase, the royal portrait gallery and the signature afternoon sea service. This regal icon is a unique homage to Canada's British heritage.

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Why it made the list

If you want to escape to the countryside without leaving town, the Old Mill is the answer. This baronial inn and spa in the Humber Valley has a pond stalked with salmon, views of the Humber River, a chapel, and great live jazz. They also have a new salt cave, afternoon tea services (bonnets provided) and the soothing sound of crickets.

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Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Why it made the list

The Ritz-Carlton knows that dinner is theatre. Thus, their artisanal cheese cave. This Toronto property features one of the country's only accessible cheese caves--a temperature controlled, glass-wall space inside TOCA Italian restaurant. The cave houses 35 perfectly aged, local and international cheeses, curated by frommage expert and sommelier Lorie O'Sullivan.

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Windsor Arms

Why it made the list

Ask any Eastern European, halotherapy is great for your respiratory system. That's why the Windsor Arms hotel has their own salt cave, lined with blocks of pink Himalayan salt. The cave is large enough to accommodate four guest, as they relax in comfy, reclining chairs. The Windsor is also unique for its neo-Gothic architecture, purple tea room and butler service.

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