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Ritz-Carlton Toronto to open in February

1 Dec 2010 by BusinessTraveller

Luxury hotel group Ritz-Carlton is to open a 267-room property in Toronto in February.

Housed in a new 53-floor tower on Wellington Street, between the city’s financial and entertainment districts, the hotel will take up the first 20 floors while the remaining levels will be given over to Ritz-Carlton residences.

Rooms will start from 42 sqm and will be contemporary in décor, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing either city or lake views. They will come equipped with 42-inch flatscreen TVs, Bose stereos with an iPod dock, DVD players, and marble bathrooms with a separate tub and rainshower and a TV built into the mirror.

The five-floor Podium part of the building, which juts out from the main tower, will house a 2,100 sqm spa on its top level. This will have 16 treatment rooms, a pool, 24-hour gym, yoga studio, men’s and women’s relaxation areas, sauna and steam rooms, and an outdoor terrace.

The Podium will also be home to a restaurant offering Canadian cuisine, a bar, lounge and 1,900 sqm of meeting space, including two ballrooms. A 24-hour business centre will feature a boarding pass machine.

The Club floor will be on the 20th level and include a 24-hour lounge offering five food and drink presentations a day, free wifi and a dedicated concierge. To upgrade to the Club floor will cost about CA$100 (£63) extra per night, with standard room rates starting from CA$495 (£311).

The hotel will also be offering a free chauffeur drop-off service within a 3km radius.

Ritz-Carlton will add two other properties to its portfolio early next year – in January it will open a 341-room hotel next to Dubai’s International Financial Centre, while March will see the launch of a 312-room hotel in Hong Kong’s Kowloon.

The group recently launched a new loyalty scheme, Ritz-Carlton Rewards (see online news September 15), offering members ten points or two airline miles for every US dollar spent on room rates at Ritz-Carlton and Marriott properties.

Visit ritzcarlton.com for more information.

Report by Michelle Mannion

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