The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
What We Love
- The indoor saltwater pool is not chlorinated
- TOCA restaurant has its own “cheese cave” stocked with aged local and international cheese—there’s even a cheese tasting menu
- The heated floors in the bathrooms
What To Know
- If you want to grab the wine cellar table for dinner (to impress someone or just treat yourself), make sure to give more than 24 hours’ notice
- There are lots of kid-friendly things here, like a miniature check-in desk and creative family fun packages
- Locals love the TOCA restaurant; the cocktail bar Deq is a less-crowded alternative with a cozy fireplace alcove
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Ritz-Carlton matches its great location in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District with its global standard of luxury, making this a top pick for everyone from tourists to business travelers. It’s not a bland corporate space, though—Canadian accents add a wonderful sense of place, from the embossed maple leaves to the collection of more than 450 words of art by Canadian artists. And that (albeit stereotypical) Canadian friendliness goes a long way. Rooms are some of the biggest in the city and have tons of storage space (we like being able to unpack and hide our suitcase in a closet), while the bathrooms come with heated floors, double sinks, separate tubs, and TVs embedded in the mirror. Meanwhile, the enormous Spa My Blend by Clarins (the only location outside Paris) offers incredible customized facials and pools infused with green tea—not to mention a view of the skyline.
In the Area
First-time visitors to Toronto will love being able to walk to famous spots like Roy Thomson Hall (don’t miss a performance by the city’s symphony) and stunning historic theaters like the Royal Alexandra and the Princess of Wales. Sports fans can hit all three of the city’s teams in ten minutes: the Maple Leafs, Raptors, and Blue Jays all play nearby. It’s well worth going up to the observation platform at the CN Tower for killer 360-degree views of Toronto. For easy access to the rest of the city, the nearest subway stop is Union Station, an eight-minute walk.
How to Get There
We stayed here for two nights in July. We had two suites and club access. Staff could not do enough for us. We had dinner at Toca and service and food were excellent! Fine dining at its best and catered to our young family too. Club lounge staff even remember your names and your favourite drink! Best staff ever! When we are in Toronto we always stay here!
I stayed here for two nights with my wife. The room was a good size and had the view of the water and the Canada Tower. We had club concierge access so we brought our two toddlers along for one of the meals. Kudos to the concierge staff who took time to talk to us and get to interact with our children. Charlene was truly an excellent host who took the time to prepare some snacks and a care package for the kids A+ service. Other club attendants who played a significant role in making our stay excellent included Linda, Olga, Frances, Tiffany and Robyn. Hats off to you guys for truly making our experience memorable. The gym is clean and has a number of equipment that I found to be good. We also had the chance to use the pool with our kids and we loved the warm pool which was family friendly and clean. Hotel is located in an excellent location and accessible.
We stayed here for two nights after our wedding. The room was a good size with nice views and very comfortable bed. We had told the hotel when we checked in that we were arriving late at night becsue we just got married, and the next night they had a bottle of sparkling wine with some chocolates in our room when we got back from dinner. The location of the hotel allowed us to walk to the theatre, and to anywhere else we wanted to go. Would go back!
My nephew and I arrived exhausted as a 5 hour flight from San Francisco to Toronto turned into a total travel time of 30 hours. This delay caused us to miss our first night, Monday, at the Ritz-Carlton. When we checked in late Tuesday Predita greeted us warmly and said they had been waiting for us. Wednesday morning, Jamal in the Concierge Lounge came up to me, introduced himself and said he was so glad to see we had arrived. This was just the beginning of an amazing week. Andrea Valente, Melinda Wagner, Sophia, Max, Lisette, Alexey, Francisco, Jessica, Radjip, Tiffany are some of the personnel that anticipated our needs and went of their way to make our stay more than amazing. Thank you all and apologies for misspelling names.
The Ritz Carlton in Toronto is a top hotel - not cheap but exquisite service, beautiful rooms and great views. The staff is extremely friendly and everything is with the right finishing touch.
If you have the possibility to go to the concierge level or business lounge, just do it. The best business lounge I have ever been to.