Historical Beaux-Arts Skyscraper in Heart of Toronto
Dating back to the early 1900s, the 12-story skyscraper on the corner of Yonge and King Streets in Toronto’s financial district, decked in Corinthian columns and Beaux-Arts stylings, served as an office for a Canadian bank. That same building is now the home of One King West Hotel & Residence, and its exterior got quite the upgrade: a spiraling modern 51-story tower was built adjacent to the original bank building. The sleek hybrid building, known as “The Sliver,” has the narrowest height-to-width ratio in the world and is the tallest residential building in Canada.
It also has lavish modern accommodations. The superior suites, situated high up in the bank building, look out to downtown Toronto and the lake. Each of the rooms features high ceilings, picture windows that open, and equipped kitchenettes.
Downstairs, Executive Chef Samuel Fiore prepares prix fixe and à la carte creations at Bistro on King, the hotel’s signature international restaurant. Kids aged 6 or younger enjoy free continental breakfast at the bistro. You can also head to Henri’s Bar in the hotel lobby for lighter fare and a lengthy list of fine wines, beer, and cocktails.
Toronto, Ontario: Scenic Trails, Boutique Shopping, and the Hockey Hall of Fame
Toronto is known as a wonderful walking city with a sprawling network of eclectic neighborhoods and miles of waterside parkland. Set on the shores of Lake Ontario, the city’s scenic hiking and walking trails wind along the harbor front. From there, a northerly stroll takes you to the fashion district, where warehouses and old factories that sat empty for years now house upscale restaurants, galleries, and cutting-edge boutiques. A bit farther north lies Kensington Market, a bohemian village rife with vintage shops and organic-food markets.
Toronto may be home to Canada’s best collection of museums. Hockey is a national pastime, so it makes sense that the Hockey Hall of Fame is here. Its Pepsi Shut Out interactive exhibit challenges goaltender wannabes to stop a slap shot against a virtual Wayne Gretzky. The Hall of Fame’s centerpiece is the hallowed Esso Great Hall, home to the Stanley Cup and portraits of all 366 inductees. Science buffs can stop at the Ontario Science Centre to watch an IMAX film, delve into space at the planetarium, or touch a plasma ball at the Science Arcade.
The nearby Art Gallery of Ontario exhibits an astounding collection of work from Canadian artists and European masters in a Frank Gehry–designed building that centers on a floating circular staircase. Toronto is also known as a city of gardens, and you’ll find one of its best—the Toronto Music Garden—stretched out along the waterfront about 1.5 miles (2.3 km) southwest of the hotel. Designed in part by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the music garden translates the music of Bach through beautiful, landscaped installations, including a winding river and giant grass steps.