This gleaming 55-story tower in the leafy Yorkville neighborhood sprung from the drafting table of celebrated designers Yabu Pushelberg, known for their elegant yet modern sensibility. Interiors are intimate and warm, with whimsical artwork and overflowing floral arrangements in the public spaces, and guestrooms with nature-inspired color palettes, and lots of natural light (plus perks like TVs hidden in the bathroom mirrors). Two hotel restaurants are overseen by iconic chef Daniel Boulud, who does a mean rotisserie chicken. D Bar is the city's hottest first date spot.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Although the Four Seasons goes out of its way to welcome kids, the ultra-modern design sensibility may concern parents with toddlers. Every surface invites fingerprints. Every vase looks like an accident waiting to happen.
Take a bow, Yabu Pushelberg. The rooms have delightful yellow accent pillows, crescent-shaped sofas, floor-to-ceiling views, windows that open, 55-inch smart TVs, in-room iPad, free Wi-Fi, espresso machines, a big work space with ergonomic chairs, tea stations and desk-side charging stations.
Housekeeping comes by twice a day!
Rectangular in shape, the bathrooms are luxurious, with granite surfaces, designer amenities, free-standing tubs, extra-long vanity counters, and hidden TVs behind the mirrors. Kids can request small bathrobes.
What a strange and wonderful lobby, with soaring ceilings, screen walls, sculptures, plus screen wall sculptures. It manages to be both minimal and dramatic, using scale and textures surfaces. Bravo. The reception counter is long and lit from within.
It's called an "indoor relaxation pool"--which sounds like code for "don't bring your crazy kids". Yet, there are family swim hours. Everyone gets a dip. The pool and whirlpool are located on the ninth floor and overlook the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. There are poolside sofas and lounge chairs. A private family changing room and two private shower stalls are located on the pool deck for your convenience.
If you want to swim before 8:30 a.m., access the pool from the 8th floor fitness centre.
One of the largest spas in Toronto, at 30,000 square-feet, there are and 17 treatment rooms for pampering and primping. The whisper-only spa has a long list of face and body services using products from Hungary to California–many of which are exclusive to this spa.
What a view from the treadmills! Filled with natural light and huge windows, the 3,500-square-foot fitness area has free weights and strength-training and cardio equipment by Matrix. Located on the eighth floor, the Fitness Centre is accessible 24 hours a day.
With 27 types of exercise machines, each targeting a muscle zone, you can work off dinner and slide into your Brioni tux. There's free fruit for sustenance.
A lively French brasserie, Cafe Boulud is from Michelin-starred chef Boulud. The walls lined with bold contemporary art set the scene for gourmet, Mediterranean-inspired breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner menus; prix-fixe and tasting options are available, and room service features Boulud dishes, too. Leather booths are fun for small groups.
Regular guests and locals come for the rotisserie chicken, served with little potatoes and sprigs of rosemary.
D Bar is a Yorkville hot spot, all year round. The street level bar lounge serves seasonal cocktails, craft beers on tap, and a menu of shareable plates (salads, flatbreads, charcuterie boards) and hearty fare like the bbq pork-topped Firehouse #312 burger--all from the kitchen of chef Daniel Boulud. The patio lounge is a must-be-seen-at summer destination.
First date? Come to D Bar. It's perfect, thanks to the cozy seating, conversation-oriented design accents and expansive views.
Underground valet parking is $50 per night, or $10 per hour for guests. The hotel is near two subway stations, including Bay Station, and the front courtyard is hopping with taxis and Ubers. Once parked, simply walk to all the Yorkville amenities or take a 5-minute cab ride further downtown.
Soto Soto (11-minute walk) is where visiting celebrities blow their diets eating fresh, homemade pasta. Worth it. Meanwhile, Opus Restaurant (9-minute walk) has a wine cellar with 2,500 labels, plus creative and modern European cuisine.
Stay put at D Bar, in the lobby. It's the most happening bar in Yorkville and, indeed, the busiest hotel bar with in the entire Four Seasons chain. Alternately, head to One Restaurant's lobby bar (4-minute walk) at the Hazelton Hotel.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Four Seasons is swanky, indeed, with a thriving restaurant, bar and patio. We love the location, adjacent to high-end fashion stores, including famed Holt Renfrew, Burberry, Prada, Chanel, Escada, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. Meanwhile, the city's business district is just down Bay Street. The hotel runs a 24-hour business centre, poised to handle any corporate emergency (they can get presentation supplies). If you bring the kids, they will be warmly welcomed, given an arrival gift and even a child-sized robe.