oronto’s luxury quotient spiked in 2012 with the opening of a trio of high-profile five-star hotels with residential components. Each offers three very distinct design environments, from subdued neutrals with pops of dandelion yellow at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
to neo-retro glamour with touches of chocolate and silver at Trump International Hotel & Tower.
The Four Seasons, located at 60 Yorkville Ave., opened in October and replaced its aging flagship. It is a 55-story glass tower with 259 rooms, including 42 suites, and a 30,000-square-foot spa, adjoined by a 26-story residential tower with 210 units, both designed by architectsAlliance. The hotel’s sleek contemporary interiors, by Toronto-based Yabu Pushelberg
, feature soaring ceilings, precision-cut stone floors, a dandelion motif (immediately evident in the dramatic reception desk installation) and more than 1,700 pieces of commissioned artwork by Canadian artists such as Attila Richard Lukacs
and Daniel Hutchinson
. The interiors of the Four Seasons Private Residences are by Canadian Brian Gluckstein
The Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
opened in October at 188 University Ave. and is situated on the first 17 floors of a dramatic new 66-story mixed-used tower, with 370 residences on the upper floors. The building’s soaring glass design, created by architect James Cheng (James K.M. Cheng Architects) in conjunction with Hariri Pontarini Architects
, has become a new landmark on the city skyline. Cheng’s design concept, known as “Vancouverism,” uses glass to reflect light and bring the building to life. In the entryway, a hand-hewn stainless steel sculpture of a dragon called “Rising,” by Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Huan
, wraps around the building’s lower levels. The hotel’s interior has a contemporary Asian in feel with large-scale Chinese calligraphy paintings, raw silk walls and carpeting featuring subtle mountain and bamboo motifs. The 153 rooms and 49 suites range from 490-2,200 square feet and were designed by CHIL (Co-ordinated Hotel Interiors Limited
) of Vancouver with dark wood details and muted earth-tone fabrics.
The 65-story Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, located at 325 Bay St., features a granite-and-glass curtain-walled design topped by an articulated spire. It opened in the city’s downtown financial and entertainment district and added a two-level, 15,000-square-foot Quartz Crystal Spa in October with a 65-foot salt-water infinity pool. Designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects
with interiors by II By IV Design Associates
, the building features 261 rooms and suites ranging from 550 to 4,000 square feet and conceived with a “champagne and caviar” contrasting palette. The 118 residences are accessed via a 32nd-floor Sky Lobby.
And progressive design even found its way into a less-luxurious airport hotel setting with the July 2012 debut of ALT Hotel Toronto Pearson
, the first Toronto property for Quebec-based Groupe Germain Hospitalité
. Designed by Lemay Michaud Architecture Design
and pre-fabricated in Quebec, the 153-room hotel has green features such as geothermal heating and cooling and energy efficient lighting, as well as lobby furnishings by Italian firm Gervasoni
. Its most unique feature is the dynamic ALTEXPO, a work of art created with thousands of photos submitted via Instagram.Memo From Toronto: What's TrendingMemo From Toronto: People are Talking AboutMemo From Toronto: Insider's Take