Trump Towers, Toronto
THE HOTEL: The C$500 million Trump Tower – the seventh Trump hotel – is one of Toronto’s newest luxury hotels. Located in the heart of the financial district, it has quickly become one of the city’s most stylish venues. The 261 guest rooms occupy floors 11-30 of this 900ft residential building.
THE CHECK-IN: As I arrived a fashion shoot was taking place on the marble floors of the hotel lobby. The entrance features a 500,000-tile wall mosaic, one of the few displays of colour in a hotel palette scheme ‘inspired by Champagne and caviar’. My welcome was warm, attentive and swift. I was met in the lobby, directed to the front desk and handed a bottle of water and a city map.
THE ROOM: Large and spacious, my deluxe guestroom featured a king-size bed and walls of dark grey with upholstered panels. The bathroom had a marble floor, rainfall shower and a TV set in the mirror. Work stations in all rooms face the window to take advantage of natural light. There’s an abundance of power points, so no unplugging the lamp just to get your computer started. Bedside touch panels control the lighting and windowdrapes, green and red touch buttons allowed me to call for ‘privacy’ or ‘make up my room’. There was an iPod and BlackBerry docking station.
THE FACILITIES: The hotel’s signature restaurant, Stock, is on the 31st floor. Its name is a play on words, as in ‘stock exchange’ and stock used in its dishes. In the summer an outdoor area, ‘Dining over the Sky’, is set up to accommodate 12 guests. There's a Quartz Crystal Spa, fitness centre and a saltwater infinity pool on the 32nd floor.
THE BUSINESS: There was complimentary wifi in both my room and the lobby area. A ballroom on the 10th floor can be split into several meeting rooms and has capacity for 300 people for receptions. A complimentary house car drives guests to downtown meetings between 07.30 and 09.30.
THE VERDICT: Sophisticated but restrained, this is a hotel that manages to be stately, stylish and sensual. It’s the small details that impress as much as the big features and the hotel is perfectly located in the heart of downtown, close to museums, galleries, restaurants and the Rogers Centre.
THE DETAILS: 325 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H 4G3. Rates start from around £310 for a midweek stay October 2012 to January 2013. Tel: +1 855 888 7867. See: www.trumphotelcollection.com/toronto
Reviewed by Steve Hartridge (2012)