Slatted window blinds let in lots of light, and balconies range drastically in size
Valet parking costs $40 per night
Fido is welcome for $50 per stay
A six percent per night hotel amenity fee will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
Parking on site
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Zen-inspired apartment-style hotel near Toronto’s waterfront, with a steakhouse and spa
Set on Colborne Street between Toronto’s financial district and the waterfront, the Cosmopolitan has an entrance that is bathed in a neon glow. The 96 apartment-style rooms are sleek but not overly so, and they carry out the hotel’s “urban Zen” concept with Egyptian linens, dark wood furniture, bamboo arrangements, freestanding bathroom sinks and eucalyptus soap. Floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors and kitchenettes (never underestimate the convenience of a microwave or a stovetop when you’re far from home) ground the otherwise minimalist spaces with serious creature comforts. Choose from lavender, jasmine or vanilla incense fragrances at turn-down. The Asian-inspired design continues in the Shizen Spa, which has a glass-enclosed 1,500-square-foot Zen Solarium with a sparkling 12-person Jacuzzi and five treatment rooms. Rather indulge with your taste buds? Head to Wildfire Steakhouse and Wine Bar for dishes such as piri piri chicken breast with seasonal vegetables and roasted new potatoes.
In the Area
Catch a performance of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra or, in the early fall, a selection of standout movies during the Toronto International Film Festival, at the bell-shaped Roy Thomson Hall. Foodies should make their way to the 200-year-old St. Lawrence Market to pick up seasonal vegetables, Canadian bacon and homemade jam, or reserve a table at Le Petit Dejeuner, where Belgian fare is the focus (try the chantilly-topped waffles). Also worth trying is the indoor-outdoor Biff Bistro, which serves such French classics as beef bourguignon, steak frites and duck confit. For some culture, visit the Design Exchange’s permanent collection highlights, an eclectic mix of decorative arts, graphic design, furniture and housewares.
Executive Hotel Cosmopolitan Toronto
8 Colborne Street
How to Get There
Flights are available to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from YYZ, about 15 miles away, are approximately $65 per car, each way, and can be arranged through the property. The airport shuttle is about $25, each way. Taxis are approximately $55, each way. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, valet parking is available for $40 per day.