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
We booked this hotel based on the amenities, pool and the rooftop bar. Every time we tried to used the roof top bar or the pool it was closed for private events. It is not acceptable to advertise amenities and charge hotel guest for amenities when we can not use them. We were very unhappy about this and we were also told buy the front desk that we could use the pool on Saturday, only to be told that the whole area was closed. So long story short we did not use the pool or enter the roof top bar during our stay.
Our room also had a lot of street traffic noise. I would not recommend staying here.
Nice hotel in a interesting part of town. The rooms are clean and spacious. The bed was on the softer side for my liking. The staff are friendly and the roof top bar - while not large - has a spectacular view of downtown.
This hotel attracts a very specific clientele. If you own a lot of tight dresses, ripped jeans, or shiny suits, and think of yourself as super trendy (which may be questionable), then this place is for you!
We booked this much more expensive hotel because of the roof top patio. We had visions of enjoying a lovely view while sipping on a cocktail and enjoying casual conversation. Instead, we were greeted by bouncers who gave us a once-over because we were (gasp) wearing jeans (the kind that are not full of holes) and we had not done our make-up and hair. We didn't realize we were going to a night club, we thought it was just a casual space to enjoy an evening drink. We definitely did not fit their image.
We sat down and ordered overpriced drinks and started talking (well yelling really because the music was so loud), when about 20 minutes later a server kicked us out of our seats. She told us the table was reserved (there was no reserve sign anywhere to be seen), and we watched as a group of men with slicked back hair and shiny suits took our seats. They had apparently ordered "bottle service."
I paid pretty good money to stay at this hotel assuming the patio would have a classy vibe and beautiful view. At a minimum, I expected to be able to sit in the seats that I had found empty and that did not have a reserved sign. The view was beautiful, but the vibe was not at all what we were expecting.
The hotel itself gives off a generally trendy vibe. Tries very hard to be cool. Service is generally aloof and disinterested. The rooms are okay. The shower is very good (rain showers with good water pressure) and heated bathroom floors was a nice touch. The beds were pretty comfortable. We found a hair scrunchy on the floor from the last guest (gross) and the wood furniture is looking dated and scuffed.
Overall, rooms were decent. The hotel service was terrible, and the roof top patio was not at all what we expected. But if you like that sort of thing, then this might be the place for you.