What We Love
- Location in the trendy King West Village neighborhood
- Minimalist aesthetic with playful details
- Built-in nightlife, with a swanky rooftop bar and upscale club
- Well-designed bathrooms with illuminated mirrors, Tocca products and heated marble floors
What To Know
- The party scene and nightlife attract a lively crowd
- Valet parking costs $45 (plus tax) per day
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
True to this Manhattan-based hotel group’s roots, the Thompson Toronto delivers a sophisticated take on the hotel-as-playground concept in the hip King West Village neighborhood. Just off the dark, moody lobby, satellite seating areas anchored by gray rugs, velvet couches and orange armchairs surround a free-standing bar where throngs of well-heeled locals and guests sip the night away, tended by sashaying servers clad in lipstick red.
Bed and Bath
The 102 sleek guestrooms hit hip high notes with perfect pitch, thanks to bright white walls, dark wood floors and pops of orange. Floor-to-ceiling windows afford far-reaching views, as the area is decidedly low-rise. The bathrooms are so white they seem to glow, and each comes with a long vanity with an illuminated mirror, a sliding door separating the shower from the toilet, and hands down the best rainfall showers we’ve tried.
The lobby lounge draws a steady crowd, as does the bar at the rooftop pool (open seasonally), and upbeat scenesters hit Wildflower, a contemporary art installation meets club combo. Want something a bit more low-key? Head to the Diner, Thompson’s round-the-clock diner catering to the afterparty crowd with “spiked milkshakes” and such waistline killers as a beef burger topped with a fried egg. Why not indulge? Or, snag a table at chic French cafe, Colette, for fresh pastries and gourmet cuisine. The hotel has thought of everything, including a gym for working it off once the sun is up.
In the Area
The headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF Bell Light Box, at the intersection of King and John streets, houses five theaters, three exhibition galleries and more. Catch a movie there or grab some regionally focused food at Luma restaurant. Around the corner chef Ponzo at Le Select Bistro prepares farm-fresh French fare, such as a croque-monsieur and seared foie gras with fig compote (reservations are recommended). For artwork try the Nicholas Metivier Gallery and fill your cup at the Scandinavian Thor espresso bar; it’s where the in-the-know staff at the Thompson heads to refuel.
How to Get There
Saturday night, could hear all late night street noise. Was warned at check in that there was a night club in the hotel?
That was the only downside to staying there. Location was great for walking and restaurants.
Loved this hotel and the service was great! The front desk staff are awesome and right off the bat we were welcomed with a warm and friendly attitude. Rooms are clean and staff are all friendly. The location is also great and is walking distance to many great restaurants and activities.
Excellent service, very welcoming and pleasant staff. Love the location, close to some of the best attractions. Kareem and Juliana are two amazing staff members. It’s always a pleasure to stay there........