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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- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
Visited in off season. Great vibe, the top floor bar lounge has incredibly views of the city skyline and CN Tower and is apparently ‘rammed’ during summer. The outdoor pool and terrace were closed but we kicked off an evening up there with some great cocktails. Room quality was good and ‘The Diner’ on the ground floor had a great breakfast menu. Fitness area was spacious, well equipped and looked out on a terrace. Service was reasonable throughout but lacked personalisation post check in.
Overall our stay was very nice. The first room we had was too small as we were staying for 6 nights and we were moved to a larger room for an additional charge which was a better room for us. The staff was awesome at helping us find a better fit! The only time the staff was not perfect :) was on the roof top bar. We went for a night cap and were basically ignored at our table for 15 mins until I went to the bar and asked for a server. Then server was very nice, however, the wait was uncalled for as it wasn't that busy and two servers stood and talked more then served. Other then that, all staff was friendly and helpful and were always in a good mood. My only complaint (as a person who travels a lot for business) is the price of the rooms was a little steep and no real bargains for a 6 night stay were applied. My last comment is there were a number of small things that were broken or in need of repair, in both the rooms we stayed in especially when paying over $400 a night. Dings in walls, cracked gyprock on walls, towel hangers loose and almost falling off, worn wood on corners etc., stain on office chair that was sketchy, etc. Plus I really felt that the Reception Desk was very worn and dated for such a high end hotel. Re-Finishing the main counter would go a long way to improving the welcome area! Normally I don't actually complete surveys on hotel stays, however, I have been waiting a few years to get back to TO with my wife and stay at your hotel as I have heard nothing but great reviews about it. Overall our experience was great, however, the little nicks and dings and loose hooks etc. along with the main reception desk, did take away from our stay. BUT, a big thumbs up goes to all of tour Staff!!!! We look forward to staying with you next year and hopefully the little things are addressed throughout your property! Cheers Blair and Angela Smith
Stay here, eat in the diner, chat with the bell staff, ask the front desk for assistance and you will be thrilled - but order a drink in the weirdly 1980's lobby bar? Give that a pass. Love that you can text for assistance, the room was huge, mini bar had all the right stuff, location was great and the personal care products smelled amazing!
The rooms, location, and service have never disappointed here. We have stayed many times, as well as at various Thompson hotels around North America, and the Toronto location remains our favourite one.
My wife and I spent 2 nights at the Thompson this past week, great experience.
Kareem from the valet/ concierge was a great help, making recommendations for dining And places to visit. The front desk staff were also very friendly and helpful.
We look forward to our next visit,