The Vibe

The former Trump International Hotel and Tower has been given a glamorous makeover, transforming it into the St. Regis Toronto. Owned by Marriott International, St. Regis is an upscale hotel brand with over 40 properties around the world and the new Toronto hotel marks their first project in Canada.

Luxurious decor and exceptional service are the brand’s signature elements and their Toronto hotel certainly delivers. St. Regis Toronto exudes timeless, understated elegance from head to toe, decorated with lots of crown moulding, wood panelling, marble and dark, neutral colours. With a top-notch restaurant and stylish lobby bar on-site, the St. Regis is poised to be popular not just with well-heeled tourists (and corporate travellers with a generous business expense account) but locals, too.

The Rooms

Around half of the St. Regis’ 258 rooms are suites with separate living areas, but even if you stick to one of the basic room categories, you definitely won’t be slumming it. At 550 square feet, rooms at the St. Regis are among the largest standard rooms in the city. Decor continues the subtly opulent aesthetic found in the common areas, with rooms featuring plush fabrics and crystal accents.

Touch panels control features like lighting and curtains, while bathrooms come with heated floors, rainfall showers and in-mirror TVs (so you can gawk at hoarders on TLC while brushing your teeth). Like all St. Regis properties, guests also have access to butlers – who can be contacted through the Marriott Mobile App or over the phone – and can do everything from unpacking your luggage to making reservations.

The Features

St. Regis is known for its signature series of rituals, which are carried out at their properties across the world. At the St. Regis Toronto that means traditional afternoon tea served in the lobby-level Astor Lounge and, later, sunset sabrage performed in the same space. A gleaming dual-purpose partition divides the Astor Lounge from the lobby, serving as a beautiful bar shelving unit on one side and a lobby art display case on the other.

Louix Louis, the hotel’s 31st floor restaurant, is the host of two additional rituals: a midnight supper and a locally-inspired Bloody Mary cocktail. The restaurant draws inspiration from New York and Paris’s glamorous early 20th-century lounges, featuring a swirling ceiling mural, dramatic chandeliers and a show-stopping two-storey bar. The drinks list reads like a history of the cocktail's golden age and the menu features classics like Dover sole and caviar.

A massive spa and fitness centre with saltwater pool are also found on the 31st floor.

The Location

For business, leisure or a staycation, it’s tough to beat the St. Regis’ prime downtown setting. Set on the corner of Bay and Adelaide, the hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Union Station and King TTC station, along with the Air Canada Centre, Eaton Centre, Four Season Centre and tons of dining options.

Rooms start at $650 per night

325 Bay St, Toronto, marriott.com