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Sophistication and value epitomize the meetings experience
[ON LOCATION] JAY CATLETT
oronto is evolving into one of the most cost effective
luxury destinations for meetings and events in North
America. Offering great accessibility, one of North
America's most robust festival schedules, and an
intriguing portfolio of "new urbanist" venues, the city is growing in
popularity as a meetings destination.
Toronto has a very tight downtown surrounded by a host
of energetic communities, including the University of Toronto
campus, the tony Yorkville District and the trendy Distillery District.
The 259-room Four Seasons Hotel Toronto opened in
October 2012 in the Yorkville district, which is one of Toronto's
best shopping areas. Designed by celebrity architect Yabu
Pushelberg, the lobby is one of the most dramatic we've seen
with large snowﬂake sculptures, towering handpainted walls and
smooth wood paneled columns.
Right off the lobby, the open D Bar has 25-foot ﬂoorto-ceiling windows, offering beautiful views of the city during
post-session cocktails and conversation.
"The Four Seasons Toronto is in a category by itself-a
true Four Seasons in our hometown, our ﬂagship hotel," says
Isadore Sharp, founder/chairman of Four Seasons Hotels. "It is a
landmark development for the city of Toronto."
A ﬂoating marble staircase leads to Café Boulud. It was built
using reclaimed stone ﬂoors and local woods. The restaurant seats
156 guests, featuring a communal table constructed from 800
year-old wood. The menu is exquisite seasonal French cuisine and
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we deﬁnitely recommend his black cod persillade, steak au poivre
and crispy duck. The restaurant can be rented out for private
events, or planners can book a private dining room for 10 pax.
Four Seasons' guest rooms utilize natural light from large
windows with spectacular views of the city. The muted colors
and residential furniture give the rooms a living room feel. The
sizable bathrooms with walk-in showers are built with granite,
using soaps and shampoos from the 30,000-sf spa. Located on
the 9th ﬂoor, the sun-soaked spa is the largest in the city.
Seventeen meeting rooms offer 14,300 sf of space for 20
to 600 people. You will love the Aria Ballroom with an outdoor
terrace overlooking the downtown core, with space for
The 202-room Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is only the second of
its brand in North America. The overall design melds Asian decor
with a 1960s classic elegance-perfect for entertainment, media
and tech groups. Like all of the luxury hotels in Toronto, the
service is decidedly gracious without even a hint of stufﬁness.
In the lobby, a glass walkway with Koi ﬁsh swimming
underneath leads to a huge living room-style lobby lounge. Two
electric ﬁreplaces and large Asian paintings welcome people to
sit and enjoy tea from Toronto's largest tea menu.
Shangri-La's trademark sent of cherry blossoms permeate
guest rooms, which start at 550 sf. Each has a 46-inch TV, Ipod
docking station, personal Ipad and high canopy bed. The hotel
boasts eight naturally lit meeting rooms totaling 14,600 sf, and an
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