Windsor Arms Hotel
What We Love
- Staff to guest ratio is four to one
- Indoor saltwater pool with toasty fireplace to warm up by after your swim
- Butler’s cupboard in each suite allows for discreet drop off of newspapers, shined shoes and room service trays
- Playable musical instruments grace each suite, including guitars, pianos and harps
- State-of-the-art sound system with bedside console to control lights and iPod
- Sunday brunch in the Courtyard Café, which has soaring ceilings and romantic banquettes
- High tea served daily from 12:30 to 6 p.m. in the Tea Room
- Free WiFi
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What To Know
- Constructed in 1927, this neogothic hotel went through a full rebuild and was reopened in 1999 after being closed for nine years
- The property was last renovated in October 2011
- The first luxury condominium hotel in the city, it features 25 residences in a tower above the original building
- Many guests treat it as a home, and it is not uncommon to see people in white terrycloth robes riding the elevator to the pool or spa
- Because of its discreet staff and elegant yet comfortable decor, it is a favorite for post-op cosmetic surgery patients
- Minibar prices are five-star. A bottle of Belvedere vodka will set you back more than $200
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Windsor Arms Hotel, you’ll be centrally located in Toronto, minutes from Gardiner Museum and Toronto Public Library. This 5-star hotel is close to University of Toronto and CN Tower.
Make yourself at home in one of the 28 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Digital programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature jetted bathtubs and designer toiletries. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and complimentary newspapers.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a 24-hour health club, an indoor pool, and a sauna. Additional amenities at this Victorian hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access and tour/ticket assistance.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a 24-hour front desk.
How to Get There
Wonderfully small and personal Hotel. We had a semi suite that was extremely comfortable and a delight to be in. Several nice touches with our personal Butler and a butler pantry where cookies and papers were delivered without disturbing us. Nicest thing about it was that it was VERY quite and peaceful. Highly recommend it for a couples get away
Spent 3 nights here at the beginning of December... the Windsor Arms is a hidden gem! It's tucked away on a quiet side street right in the heart of Yorkville, so it was very quiet. Their beds are incredibly comfortable and I had a great sleep.
I stayed in a deluxe suite, it was very spacious, comfortable, and extremely well appointed. Absolutely loved the heritage decor that really ties this hotel into it's roots and makes it much more unique than a brand new Four Seasons or Ritz property.
It’s sad when such a beautiful building and classic Torontonian landmark goes downhill.
Most of us have at least dined it attended a luncheon or reception at the Windsor Arms Hotel. I’ve attended dinners, weddings, receptions and business functions, dating back to the 1980’s but never stayed here.
We decided on a staycation and to experience the spa the next day. My spa review will come later but here is the hotel short and sweet:
1/ If you’re expecting a 5-star. Don’t.
2/ If you want a large room with a living area and an ample spaces bathroom. Yes.
3/ Room service— awful. The staff are not knowledgeable and they simply don’t know how to prepare a table. The jam and butter were served in espresso cups and the jam, which looked like ketchup, was a basically a strawberry smoothie— watery, not sweet— it wasn’t jam. Over easy eggs were over hard... you get the picture.
4/ If you play a harp, you will be very happy because the junior suite had one. Not sure if it was tuned or not.
5/ Bathroom dinner had two settings- on and off. Not much of an attenuator.
6/ No double lock on the door or a way to notify staff that you didn’t want to be bothered.
7/ If you’re a vegetarian— be sure to check what includes meat because the “eggs Florentine with spinach” sit on a thick slab of pea meal bacon.
I certainly hope that Windsor Arms will pick up its game. Toronto has so few true 5-star hotels and while the hard product in this hotel could be easily brought up to a 5-star standard with some quick fixes, it seems that it’s the soft product that usually suffers the most at so-called 5-star hotels in Toronto.
First, Windsor Arms location is fantastic! In a great neighborhood, walking distance from nice restaurants and shops, but the street is quiet and calm during day and night.
Staff is also kind and treated us really well.
Rooms are really confortable, with nice amenities and confortable bed.
Stayed here for the weekend, on my first night I ordered room service and the Butler didn’t listen to my direct instructions for how to prepare the steak ie gravy on the side and instead of saying sorry and that he will make it again. He argued saying I’m lying, I didn’t tell him that, and was extremely rude. When I told him I don’t like his tone of voice and that he was being aggressive, he then apologised and came to take the tray. When he came to the room he was extremely passive aggressive and said to me, I am wrong and that I did not tell him as such. Then he left and brought the replacement.
Other than this incident, it was a great stay!