Toronto, Ontario - Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto ®
Review by Mike Keenan
Lobby, photo by Trump International Hotel & Tower
Our Room - a deluxe suite.
Amenities: Trump gets my vote! (for hotel rooms) We are ensconced in Room 2801, a spacious suite overlooking busy Bay St., with a King bed and the finest pillows I have ever experienced.
The 65-storey tower includes 261 luxurious rooms and suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of Toronto's skyline, stone-accented bathrooms, in-mirror bathroom TVs, Nespresso coffee machines and Trump-stamped slippers, robes and even chocolates.
Bathroom: The bathroom is richly marbled and there are multiple light switch controls that allow one to control the mood in every area while an attractive Phalaenopsis orchid revels in copious pink blooms.
Decor: Peter Bruyere, the gregarious Director of Sales and Marketing, takes me on a quick tour of the city's leading luxury hotel that pampers its guests with outstanding, award-winning service. He denotes separate entrances off the main foyer to both hotel rooms and private condos which share the tower's amenities. Peter refers to their opposing colour schemes - cream versus dark as "champagne and caviar," the later the hotel guest entrance.
Hotel Features & History: Crowned by an articulated spire 900-feet above downtown Toronto's financial and entertainment district, Donald Trump actually doesn't own the Toronto tower - it belongs to Talon Developments, which licensed the Trump brand for the skyscraper, and hired a Trump-owned company to run the property. According to news reports, Talon's clients are "no longer interested in the Trump brand" because Trump himself has damaged it, company lawyer Symon Zucker said.
The 65-storey hotel is 276.9 m (908 ft) tall and is clad with a steel, glass, and stone facade. The building includes 260 luxury hotel rooms and 109 condominiums. Floors 2-31 occupies the hotel while 32-57 occupies the residential portion.
Residential suites start at 207 m2 (2,230 sq ft) and have been designed with upscale fixtures and 3.4 to 4 m (11-13 ft) ceilings. Condo prices start at C$1.2 million. There are 4-6 suites per floor. Residents have a separate entrance and elevators from hotel guests.
The hotel features 24-hour concierge, 24-hour in-room dining and valet indoor parking.
Both America Restaurant and Purebeauty Salon & Spa are located on the 31st floor, boasting spectacular views of the city. Just down Adelaide St., is the highly-regarded Hy's Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar where we headed for supper.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto was ranked as Canada's top hotel by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, (excluding Vancouver) and is also the country and city's number one-rated luxury hotel on TripAdvisor. Trump Toronto was again awarded the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Recommended Hotel.
Spa: The two-level, 15,000-square foot, Purebeauty Salon & Spa offers a full menu of signature treatments, along with express services in one luxurious space; the Spa's fitness centre includes a fully-equipped exercise gym and a 65-foot, heated, indoor saltwater lap pool and whirlpool which Peter says goes easy on the skin.
Supper: The America Restaurant replete with pictures of movie stars enjoying Toronto's annual VIP-driven TIFF, offers guests (and movie stars like Alex Baldwin) a sophisticated and stylish dining room with fanciful over-sized disc lighting.
Drinks: Just off the lobby, The Calvin Bar is a cozy respite from Bay Street's hustle and bustle, and features classic cocktails and bites.
Service: The staff and service is remarkable as is the decor. This is definitely the place to go for that special treat.
Nearby Attractions: Nathan Phillip Square (Old City Hall), Toronto Eaton Centre, CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Stock Exchange.
Room Cost: Deluxe suite range $495-$1,000.
Room Tip or Suggestion: The suites are large and comfortable.
Address & Contact: 325 Bay Street, Toronto, Toronto M5H 4G3; phone 416.306.5800, Reservations 855.888.7867.
If you arrive by train at Union Station, take "The Path," proceeding underground through Toronto's financial district, moving steadily north through the Royal Bank Plaza and the Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower to First Canadian Place with its impressive 150 shops, services and restaurants. In a short time, you emerge at Bay and Adelaide, and a short walk across the street takes you to the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto®, ideally situated mid-city and within view of the Old City Hall.
Proviso: I was a guest of Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto; however, editorial material above is solely my own and was not reviewed by my host.
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Mike Keenan is a travel columnist for Troy Media. He produces a travel podcast -
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