These 5 Toronto Hotels Have Major Old World Charm

Joanne Latimer | June 29, 2018

When the occasion requires old world charm, Toronto has some exceptional hotels. Note that these properties do not necessarily require the backing of old money. They just need an appreciation of history, architectural and heritage.

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Broadview Hotel

Why it made the list

Once a strip club, among other things, the Broadview Hotel was recently reborn as a luxury hotel in the east end of Toronto. Its restored Romaneque facade and interiors are charming and quirky, with authentic details (brass, tiles, red bricks and woodwork), presented in the grand manner of old public meeting spaces. This 127-year-old landmark is a hub for artsies and young entrepreneurs.

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Windsor Arms

Why it made the list

Where else are you encouraged to wear a fancy hat to afternoon tea? The Windsor Arms is all about refinement, reminiscent of a social club in London, circa 1920. Yet, hiding behind the neo-Gothic facade is contemporary comfort and updated decor. We love the therapeutic salt cave and steam room, as well as the butler service.

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Why it made the list

This historic, baronial inn hidden 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 and the soothing sound of crickets. The rooms are tastefully and traditionally furnished, without a whiff of minimalism.

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The Omni King Edward

Why it made the list

Stately enough for the House of Windsor, the King 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 fascination with the Royal Family.

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