Apartment-Style Suites in the Heart of Downtown Toronto
More than 285 stores and restaurants populate the sprawling Eaton Centre, a four-level shopper's haven that spans two city blocks. Just one block east of the mall, the glass-walled Pantages Hotel Toronto Centre is tucked away on quiet Victoria Street—convenient for shopping but calmly removed from the bustling district. As such, Pantages's interiors cultivate an overall sense of calm: aside from an 8,000-square-foot spa, there's a fireplace in the marble-clad lobby, subdued lighting, and a muted, earth-toned décor. But hints of Toronto's urban chic also pop up throughout the interiors, evidenced by brushed-steel accents and a lively bar area.
Bamboo stalks, leaves, and pleasing scents lend to the relaxing ambience of Shizen Spa, which incorporates therapeutic techniques from around the world in its various spa services. Guests can use their $25 CAN hotel credit at Pantages’s The Martini Bar, where an in-house chef prepares a menu of gourmet bar fare while bartenders mix up specialty cocktails and classic martinis.
Arrayed throughout the hotel’s 45-story hotel, Urban suites mirror the high-rise’s sleek ambiance; padded leather headboards lend a lounge-like vibe, and floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the rooms in the glow of surrounding skyscrapers. Hardwood floors cover the apartment-style units, each of which includes a European-style kitchenette equipped with a fridge, stove, and microwave.
Toronto's Financial District: Subterranean Shopping Arcades and Modernist Skyscrapers
Business and pleasure blur in the ceaseless hum of downtown Toronto’s Financial District, a jungle of modernist bank buildings, boutiques, and fine-dining restaurants. Despite the density of corporate towers, the area can be easily walked through thanks to its network of underground passages. Called Path, these subterranean walkways link 17 miles of shopping arcades and provide relief from winter's cold, summer's heat, and autumn's razor-edged maple leaves. In addition to its various art exhibitions and street performers, Path also connects to some of Toronto's most popular attractions, including the shoppers' paradise Eaton Centre and the CN Tower, in which glass-floored elevators ride up to an observation deck nearly 1,500 feet above street level.