Hotel Check In: Park Hyatt Toronto

The Park Hyatt Toronto used to be a solid luxury hotel in a consistent hotel market. And then the Ritz Carlton arrived, the Four Seasons built a new flagship property, the Shangri-la upped the stakes and a raft of excellent upscale boutique properties emerged. Suddenly, Toronto had many well-run, well-respected and well-loved luxury hotels. So the Park Hyatt shut its venerable doors and undertook a major renovation.

Well it’s back and it was worth the wait in pretty much every way. The rooms and suites are significantly better, the F&B is excellent and the service is fresher, more polished and very professional.

Located in Yorkville, a hub for shopping, fine dinning, bars and people watching, it is also close to museums, galleries and many government and corporate head offices. It’s perfect for both business and leisure travelers.

Inside you’ll find 219 rooms including 40 suites. We had a 525-square-foot one bedroom suite with a very comfy king bed, a walk-in rain shower, double vanity and a separate living room with sofa.

The living room wasn’t large, but it was very comfortable for lounging after shopping and getting some work done the next day.

The bathroom would have been nicer with a soaker tub like some other categories of suites have, but it was bright, spacious and the rain shower was nice… though strangely the hot water wasn’t that hot.

Everything was spotless throughout, which is more important than ever these days.

The bedroom was also a generous size and well thought out. The design and decorating cues felt very Asian. We liked it a lot.

The main restaurant which sits between the two towers the property straddles is called Joni. The name is an ode to Joni Mitchel who got her start playing the nearby coffee houses in Yorkville.

It is an all-day restaurant that seemed to effortlessly slide from breakfast to lunch, to tea and cocktails, and into the evening for dinner and drinks.

The menus, the service, the ambience is designed to offer a very welcoming place to gather, to make deals, to celebrate family and friends and to make a solo traveler feel part of an energetic crowd. Breakfast was excellent.

The star of their current F&B is The Writers Room which reimagined a beloved Toronto institution. For fifty years the original roof top bar attracted the city’s creative elite with a lovely deck and sweeping views in the summer and cosy fireplace in the winter. We’re happy to report the space has been enlarged, the views are still stunning and the new menu, although a little pricey, is excellent. They have succeeded in giving new life to one of our favorite Toronto haunts. And trust us, we were prepared to be ruthless in judging this.

The Park Hyatt Toronto is a great addition to a cool city with an excellent hotel scene. Hyatt Globalists now have another reason to enjoy this wonderful destination.

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