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Toronto Sophistication and value epitomize the meetings experience [ON LOCATION] JAY CATLETT T 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. FOUR SEASONS 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 70 | prevue magazine 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 300-pax receptions. SHANGRI-LA HOTEL 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

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue May-June 2014

Planner’s Pick: Tucson
Fresh Meets: Trump Hotel Collection
Bureau Buzz: Meet Puerto Rico
Good Business: InterContinental Hotels
Sea Shores: Cruise Shipping Miami
The Changing Face of Luxury
On Location: Toronto
On Location: Jamaica
On Location: Cancun Marriotts
On Location: Santa Barbara Curaçao
Checkout: SLS at Beverly Hills

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