The newest in a world-wide chain of five-star hotels is now open in TORONTO’s trendy Yorkville. 55 storeys above Bay Street at Scollard, the complex features 259 hotel rooms and 210 high-end condos in the principal tower – plus 110 more of them in an adjacent 26-storey structure. The hotel has commissioned 1,700 paintings, sculptures and designs from a variety of Canadian artists. There’s a 30,000 square foot spa, and a restaurant – the Cafe Boulud – which doubtless will become a place to see and be seen. The Four Seasons Toronto is the latest in a series of five-star establishments which have opened in our city. The others: the Ritz-Carlton, Trump International, the Shangri-La, the Thompson and the Hazelton in Yorkville.
Andrew Weir, vice-president of communications for Tourism Toronto: “The Five-star boom has helped change the way people think about Toronto. “It’s bringing more business and convention travel, but it’s also attracting a higher end sophisticated leisure traveller who is not driving across the border because shopping is 60 cents on the dollar.”“They are flying here and staying longer and spending more money because they are seeing Toronto as one of the great urban experiences in North America.” The penthouse of this hotel sold for a record-breaking $28 million to an international buyer some time ago, and its pre-construction condominiums set a record at $1200 per square foot. Hotel suites: $400 and up per night.<View from the Four Seasons penthouse, Craig White/http://urbantoronto.ca>