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Toronto Hilton Hotel Review


Toronto is famous for its ethnic neighborhoods, such as Little Italy, Chinatown, Little Poland, Greektown and Portugal Village. But with establishments such as the refurbished Hilton Toronto and Tundra restaurant, Toronto is also rediscovering its Canadian roots.

 

While I enjoy Toronto's diversity, I like taking my out-of-country guests to sample elegant Canadian cuisine, and to see a hotel whose design brings the great Canadian outdoors inside. I usually take them to the Niagara wine region, so combining that excursion with a stay at the Hilton and dinner at Tundra works out as a nice little "Canadiana package".

HILTON TORONTO

 

It took $25 million and two years to turn the 25-year-old, 600-room hotel into a very "today" space, marked by a magnificent lobby reminiscent of an interior courtyard, capped by a glass and steel canopy. Designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB), a firm that has renovated theater stages in Canada (Hummingbird Center; Stratford Festival Theater) and the US (Goodman Theater, Chicago), the lobby sets the stage for the entire hotel. And the lobby-level Tundra restaurant was integrated into the overall theme by II BY IV Design Associates.

Staples of the interior architecture and design are hardwood and hardwood veneer; Canadian granite; glass variations; richly textured fabrics; and artful lighting. The granite lobby floor uses a mix of stone to define different areas. Columns are bush-hammered concrete, with several of them draped in translucent fabric and illuminated from within to create Naguchi lamps. A new grand staircase to the mezzanine level is glass, backlit onyx and steel, while the bridge connecting the mezzanine to an atrium has a textured-glass floor. A grand, stage-like curtain overhangs part of the mezzanine, dramatically linking the lobby, the mezzanine and Tundra restaurant. The open-concept restaurant is separated from the lobby by a wavy wall of hardwood set in pebbles, representing the flow of a river.

Textures and natural materials are the mainstays of both standard and executive rooms, while king-sized beds with feather pillows and firm mattresses guarantee a good rest. Comfortable desks with halogen lighting, two-line telephones with voice mail and data port and high-speed Internet connections are standard features in every room. Sinks in executive bathrooms are embedded in highly polished granite counters; hardwood floors with nubbly carpets cozy up the rooms. And a wide assortment of goodies in the mini-bar and coffee area are pleasant creature comforts.

Room rates:
Weekends from US$96
Weekdays from US$142
Executive US$194



Classification Ratings
City hotel
Swimming pool: yes
Business center: yes
Front of the house: ***
Guestrooms: ****
Price: $$$$
Quality & comfort of bed: *****
View: ****
Location: ****
Overall: ****
Contact
Toronto Hilton Hotel
145 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario

Ph: (416) 869-3456
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Ratings guidelines:

Costs

 

 

***** over US$50 per person
**** $30 to $50 per person
*** $18 to $30 per person
** $8 to $18
* less than $8 per person

 

Food, wine list and dining experience

***** exceptional
**** very good but either lacking in consistency or having room to reach perfection
*** decent fare but lacking in creative inspiration either in presentation, food quality or both
** mediocre and hopefully cheap
* either the price is right or we are not returning