We were excited last year when the sparkling new Ritz-Carlton Hotel opened in downtown Toronto. And now, one year later, our admiration for its high level of hospitality has been confirmed.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel has received the coveted CAA/AAA 5-Diamond award. The only property in Toronto and the second in Canada to receive this prestigious designation.
What makes it so special?
From the first greeting by the genuinely friendly doorman, his black bowler hat firmly in place, to the sophisticated TOCA Bar and the DEQ Lounge with its log burning fireplace and cozy seating, the Ritz reveals its natural, unpretentious luxury. The marble lobby, illuminated by extraordinary chandeliers is an introduction to the 267 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites that offer magnificent city or lake views from floor to ceiling windows. TOCA by Tom Brodi, the restaurant on the mezzanine, with its unique menu and temperature controlled cheese cave, has impressed the CAA to such an extent, it has been honored with the prestigious 4-Diamond award. (see DINE’s review of TOCA at: www.dinemagazine.ca/restaurants/cosmopolitan/toca/)
The ultimate indulgent experience occurs at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, an oasis of beauty and calm unmatched in Toronto. Diamond-inspired treatments such as the Diamond Glow full body polish, Diamond in the Rough rejuvenating facial and the Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend signature manicure and pedicure. A manicure and pedicure here will make you feel that your taken-for-granted appendages are as precious as the diamonds in the titles.
They have thought of everything. The Mama Mio – pre-natal beautify services are loving, pampering services for this special time. The Couples Treatments will go a long way in fostering togetherness, for example, the Cloud 9 Massage for two. And keeping in tune with forward thinking men, there is Gentlemen’s Therapy called Blokes and Beer. Teens, brides and grooms, whatever your situation at the moment, the Spa offers ways to relax, balance and energize. Staffed by friendly professionals, there are sixteen spacious treatment rooms, pools, sauna, steam, with the most luxurious amenities, and a fitness center with top of the line equipment. It all adds to your sense of well-being.
Lunch in the Spa’s majestic Urban Sanctuary lounge before going out to face the real world. A health conscious light menu with dishes presented that please the eye as well as the palate are a fitting conclusion.
The 5-Diamond award is the highest rating bestowed by the CAA/AAA and is presented annually to establishments that consistently deliver the highest level of hospitality and service to its guests. That they have honored the Ritz Carlton, well, we couldn’t agree more.
The Ritz-Carlton, 181 Wellington Street W Toronto
416-585-2500 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/toronto